EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to #21 Northwestern, the seventh ranked opponent the Spartans have faced this season, on Friday, April 14 at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
Michigan State fell to 10-14 on the regular season and 0-8 in conference action, while the Wildcats improved to 18-7 on the year and 6-2 in conference play.
Junior Brett Forman and sophomore Billy Shisler got the match started with a commanding 6-2 victory over Michael Lorenzini and Chris Ephron in No. 3 doubles. Sophomore Colin Harvey and junior Michael Dube fell 6-2 at No. 1 doubles to #52 Sam Shropshire and Konrad Ziebaand, while junior Jasper Koenen and freshman Michael Dube fell 6-2 to #57 Dominik Stary and Strong Kirchheimer to drop the doubles point to Northwestern.
Harvey dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision at No. 6 singles, while Dube was the next to finish and he went on on to fall 6-2, 6-1 to #54 Konrad Zieba at the No. 2 singles position. Sophomore Ivan Rakic suffered a 6-4, 6-2 setback at No. 4 singles.
Koenen played No. 3 singles and dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to Sam Shropshire. Forman played his sixth ranked opponent of the season and fourth consecutive ranked opponent at No. 1 singles and dropped 6-3, 6-4 to #40 Strong Kirchheimer.
Shisler put up a battle at No. 5 singles against Ben Vandixhorn to force a third set but ultimately fell 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
Michigan State will have a quick turnaround and prepare to host #28 Illinois this Sunday, April 16. The match is set to be played at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts at 12 p.m. The MSU men's and women's teams will be competing at the same time as the women take on Iowa.