April 18, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Earning its 10th win of the season, the Michigan State men's tennis team dominated No. 28 Purdue, 5-2, Friday evening at the MSU Outdoor Courts. The Spartans record stands at 10-13 overall and 4-6 in the Big Ten.
"The guys persevered today," head coach Gene Orlando said. "Our win-loss record and who you're playing didn't matter, we came out and played our game and were able to win the big points. The seniors were huge, Aaron (Pfister) and Drew (Lied), with Aaron getting us the second point and then Drew closing it out. Overall it was a great match for the guys and I'm excited they keep on fighting through and playing to the end."
MSU took the early lead by winning two of the three doubles matches. After MSU lost the match on court two, senior Aaron Pfister and freshman Brett Forman got things going by winning in a tiebreaker on court three over Mark Kovacs and Mateus Silva, 8-7(5). Pfister and Forman collected their 10th win overall in the spring and their fourth in conference play. The duo has won their last four matches in a row. On court one, MSU was able to clinch the doubles point behind the strong play of senior Drew Lied and sophomore John Patrick Mullane. Lied and Mullane defeated the 70th-ranked doubles team, Szymon Tatarczyk and Ricky Medinilla, 8-6. Lied and Mullane won their 10th match of the season and their fourth in Big Ten action.
In singles, MSU claimed five first sets and was well on its way to winning four of the six matches. Pfister gave MSU a 2-0 lead as he made quick work of Kovacs on court three, winning 6-4, 6-1. The win was Pfister's 11th of the spring and fourth in conference. MSU lost on court two, cutting its lead in half, but junior Harry Jadun won on court six, giving the Spartans a 3-1 lead. Jadun won a tight tiebreaker to claim the first set, 7-6(7), and then finished off the match by winning the second set, 6-3, over Mateus Silva.
Lied clinched the match for the Spartans with his impressive 6-3, 7-5, victory on court one over Tatarczyk. Forman gave MSU five points for the match after his notable three-set win on court four, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
During the match, four separate Purdue players were penalized with game penalties and head coach Pawel Gajdzik was also given a warning.
- MSU improved to 9-1 (.900) at home this season.
- MSU won the doubles point for the 11th time this season, and is 10-1 (.909) when doing so.
- The Spartans defeated their highest-ranked opponent of the season, in No. 28 Purdue. MSU is 4-13 against ranked foes, including 3-1 at home.
- Lied collected his 10th singles win of the spring, becoming the fifth Spartan on the team to reach double-digit wins. Pfister, Forman, Mullane and Linders are the other four.
- Forman won his team-high 13th match of the spring. He is 18-11 overall, 13-7 in spring dual play and 4-6 in conference.
- Jadun won his third-consecutive match. All of his wins during the streak have come against players on ranked teams.
MSU returns to action on Sunday at home for its regular-season finale. MSU hosts No. 59 Indiana at 12 p.m., with play scheduled to be held on the MSU Outdoor Courts. The 2014 senior class of Drew Lied, Aaron Pfister and Will Davis will be honored for their Senior Day at 12 p.m., prior to the beginning of the match.
1) Lied/Mullane (MSU) def. #70 Tatarczyk/Medinilla (PU) 8-6
2) #85 Acosta/Dujovne (PU) def. Linders/Jadun (MSU) 8-4
3) Pfister/Forman (MSU) def. Kovacs/Silva (PU) 8-7(5)
1) Lied (MSU) def. Tatarczyk (PU) 6-3, 7-5
2) Medinilla (PU) def. Mullane (MSU) 6-4, 6-3
3) Pfister (MSU) def. Kovacs (PU) 6-4, 6-1
4) Forman (MSU) def. Dujovne (PU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5) Acosta (PU) def. Linders (MSU) 3-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(2)
6) Jadun (MSU) def. Silva (PU) 7-6(7), 6-3