EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men’s tennis team suffered a 7-0 loss to #29 Wisconsin. Wisconsin was the fifth ranked opponent Michigan State has faced this spring. MSU moves to 10-12 on the season and 0-6 in Big Ten Conference play, while Wisconsin improved to 14-3 and 5-1 in conference action.
“Obviously a tough day when you take a loss but even though we lost 7-0 the match was a lot closer than it looked,” said head coach Gene Orlando. “Our goal is compete and get better with every match and sometimes it doesn’t come with a win. We have to keep improving and keep working hard and we can give ourselves a chance.”
Junior Michael Dube and sophomore Colin Harvey dropped a 6-4 match at No. 1 doubles but junior Brett Forman and sophomore Billy Shisler answered quickly with a 7-6 (7-5) win at the No. 3 doubles spot. Junior Jasper Koenen and freshman Doug Francken battled at No. 2 doubles but fell to Lamar Remy and Chase Colton 7-6 (7-3) to concede the doubles point.
The Spartans could not tally a point in singles action but did put pressure on the Badgers pushing three matches into a third set. At No. 6 singles Shisler dropped 6-1, bounced back in the second set to win 6-2 but went on to fall 6-4 in the third set. Forman also had a three-set match picking up a 6-4 set win but went on to fall 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) at No. 1 singles. Koenen’s match against Josef Dodridge was the last to finish at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-4, 7-5.
Dube fell to Osgar O’Hoisin at No. 3 singles 5-7 (7-5), 6-3, while sophomore Ivan Rakic dropped his decision 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 singles. Sophomore Alexander Kim also dropped his match 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 5 singles position.
Michigan State will return to action tomorrow, April 9. The Spartans will play host to Minnesota at 12 p.m. at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.