April 15, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 48th ranked Spartan men's tennis squad continued its winning ways this weekend, picking up two 5-2 victories on Sunday as they took down No. 60 Nebraska before traveling to Omaha where they topped Nebraska-Omaha by the same score. With the two victories, MSU is now 12-11 on the season and 5-4 in conference play.
MSU 5, Nebraska 2
The Spartans opened the doubleheader against the Cornhuskers, where MSU jumped out to an early lead by taking the doubles point and went on to win four of six singles matches. Sophomores Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders earned an 8-5 victory over Andre Stenger and Brandon Videtich at the No. 1 doubles spot, and sophomore JP Mullane and junior Drew Lied sealed the point for the Green and White with an 8-4 win at No. 2 over Scott Elsass and Bradford Zitsch.
Pfister and Linders earned the first singles victories for the Spartans, as Pfister topped Stenger 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 and Linders defeated Sock 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 5 position. Mullane followed suit in the No. 4 slot, taking down Tom Blackwell 6-4, 6-2. Lied once again rounded out the match for the Green and White as he defeated Dusty Boyer 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 to earn the final point.
Bogatov fell in the No. 3 position and Jadun was defeated at No. 6, giving the Cornhuskers their two singles points.
MSU 5, UNO 2
The Spartans came out in the night match determined to end the weekend with a perfect 3-0 mark, and didn't show any signs of fatigue. MSU was able to take all three doubles matches to earn the first point, and had another solid singles outing.
Linders and Jadun once again represented the Spartans at No. 1 doubles, cruising to an 8-0 victory over Conner Tieszen and Matt Frost. Senior Christian Roehmer and sophomore Doug Zade made the most of their first weekend competition, defeating Nathan and Peter Greteman in the No. 3 slot by the same score. Mullane and Lied earned their second doubles victory of the day at No. 2, as they ousted Carlos Salazar and John Ellis 8-3.
Pfister and Linders both earned their third singles victories of the weekend against the Mavericks. Pfister cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Tieszen at No. 1 and Linders blanked Larson at No. 3, 6-0, 6-0.
Bogatov rebounded after a singles loss against Nebraska with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Ellis at No. 2. Roehmer was able to continue his winning ways from doubles play to earn a 6-1, 7-5 win over Frost at the No. 6 position.
The two Maverick victories came at the No. 4 and 5 positions, where Jadun fell in three sets to McKnight 6-4, 5-7, 10-6, and senior Will Davis was forced to retire due to injury.
The Spartans will conclude the regular season next weekend with two more conference foes. MSU will travel to Columbus to face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday, April 18 at 3 p.m. before returning home to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday, April 21 at 12 p.m.