EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men’s tennis team dropped a 6-1 match to #32 Minnesota on Sunday, April 9. Michigan State drops to 10-13 on the season and still in search of its first conference victory sitting at 0-7, while the Gophers improve to 15-6 and 4-3 in conference action.
Minnesota claimed the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. Junior Brett Forman and sophomore Billy Shisler suffered a 6-4 loss at No. 3 doubles but sophomore Colin Harvey and junior Michael Dube answered with a 6-4 victory at No. 1 doubles. The deciding point was left at No. 2 doubles but junior Jasper Koenen and freshman Doug Francken lost a tight 6-4 decision to the Gophers’ Justyn Levin and Josip Krstanovic.
Despite entering singles play down 1-0, Forman knotted the match up for the first and only time of the day earning up the lone singles match Spartan victory. The Troy, Mich. native defeated #59 Matic Spec in a commanding 6-2, 6-2 fashion.
Koenen went on to fall 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 2 singles position to Felix Corwin. Shisler got the early advantage at No. 6 singles with a 6-3 victory but could not hold on and went on to fall in the following sets 6-3, 6-2 to Marino Alpeza. Sophomore Ivan Rakic was the next to finish for the Spartans and he also forced a three-match set picking up a 6-3 set one victory but falling 6-2, 6-2 to clinch the Gophers victory at 4-1.
Kim lost his decision in a three-match battle to Josip Krstanovic. Kim nabbed a 6-3 set one victory but dropped his next two sets 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). Dube rounded out Sunday’s action dropping 7-6 (7-2) in set one and then answered with a 6-1 victory in the second set but would fall 7-5 in the deciding set.
Michigan State will return back to the MSU Outdoor Tennis courts welcoming in a pair of school next Friday and Sunday, April 14 and 16. MSU will host Northwestern on Friday, April 14 at 4 p.m., before welcoming Illinois to campus on Sunday, April 16 where the match is set to begin at 12 p.m.