April 13, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Michigan State men's tennis team settled for a split of its Big Ten matches this weekend after losing to No. 55 Minnesota Sunday afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The Spartans lost their final road match of the season, 5-2, and sees their record fall to 9-13 overall and 3-6 in conference play.
MSU previously beat No. 74 Wisconsin, 4-3, on the road Friday night.
MSU started slow, losing the doubles point. Senior Aaron Pfister and freshman Brett Forman did win their match on court three, blowing past Juan Pablo Ramirez and Franz Sydow, 8-1. Pfister and Forman have won their last three matches in a row and own a 9-7 overall record this spring, including 3-2 in conference play.
In singles, MSU took two of the six matches. Sophomore John Patrick Mullane collected his 10th win of the spring and his team-high sixth Big Ten win with his win on court two. Junior Gijs Linders won on court five, defeating Eric Frueh, 6-1, 6-4. The win marks Linders' 11th of the spring and his fourth of the conference.
MSU returns home next weekend for its final two regular-season matches. The Spartans host No. 36 Purdue on Friday and No. 69 Indiana on Sunday. MSU will also host the Big Ten Tournament on April 24-27.
1) #18 Hamburg/Froment (UM) def. Lied/Mullane (MSU) 8-2
2) Toledo/Frueh (UM) def. Linders/Jadun (MSU) 8-2
3) Pfister/Forman (MSU) def. Ramirez/Sydow (UM) 8-1
1) #41 Toledo (UM) def. Lied (MSU) 7-6(4), 7-5
2) Mullane (MSU) def. Weber (UM) 6-3, 7-6(3)
3) Hamburg (UM) def. Pfister (MSU) 7-6(5), 6-4
4) Froment (UM) def. Forman (MSU) 6-3, 6-4
5) Linders (MSU) def. Frueh (UM) 6-1, 6-4
6) Ramirez (UM) def. Jadun (MSU) 6-4, 7-6(3)