April 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 48th ranked Michigan State men's tennis team came away with a victory in their first match of the weekend, taking down the Iowa Hawkeyes 5-2 at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex on Friday. Iowa jumped out to an early lead by taking the doubles point and earning the first singles victory, but it was all MSU from there on out as they took the remaining five singles points. With the win, the Spartans are now 10-11 on the season and 4-4 in conference play. Iowa moves to 7-13 in dual matches and 0-8 in the conference.
Garrett Dunn and Matt Hagan came away with an 8-5 victory over sophomores Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun at the No. 1 doubles spot, while junior Aaron Pfister and senior Denis Bogatov fell by the same score at No. 3 to Joey White and Michael Swank to give the Hawkeyes the early 1-0 lead.
Hagan continued his winning ways in singles play, taking down Bogatov at No. 3 6-0, 6-3 to extend the Iowa lead to two.
The Spartans were able to tie it up with a pair of straight set victories from Linders and freshman JP Mullane in singles play. In the No. 4 slot, Mullane defeated Juan Estenssoro 6-3, 6-2, while Linders topped Tomlins at No. 5 7-6, 6-1.
Jadun quickly followed in the No. 6 position, giving the Spartans a 3-2 lead with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Swank.
Pfister was able to clinch the victory for the Green and White at the No. 1 slot over Jonas Dierckx. Despite falling in the first set 6-4, Pfister came back to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-2.
For the third time in as many matches, Drew Lied was the last on the court for the Spartans, delivering hard-fought 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 victory at No. 2 over Dunn to make the final 5-2.
MSU will return to action on Sunday, April 14 when they travel to Nebraska to take on the 60th ranked Cornhuskers at 12 p.m.