Men's Tennis Fall to No. 5 Ohio State, 6-1
MSU looks to rebound on Sunday against Penn State, earn sixth conference win.
April 19, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 45th ranked Michigan State Spartans fell to No. 5 Ohio State on Friday, keeping the Buckeyes decade-long home winning streak and perfect Big Ten record intact. OSU jumped out to an early lead by taking the doubles point and clinched the win with singles victories in the No. 4, 1, and 6 positions. With one match remaining, MSU moves to 12-12 overall and an even 5-5 in conference play.
The 38th ranked duo of Blaz Rola and Kevin Metka earned the first Buckeye win at the No. 3 position by taking down senior Denis Bogatov and junior Aaron Pfister, 8-2. OSU sealed the point at No. 2, where Devin McCarthy and Ille Van Engelen topped junior Drew Lied and sophomore Doug Zade, 8-3. In the closest doubles match of the afternoon, sophomores Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders fell to 18th ranked Peter Kobelt and Connor Smith, 8-5.
The Buckeyes were able to quickly build on their lead in singles play. Chris Diaz earned the first victory at the No. 5 position, topping Linders 6-0, 6-1. Kobelt earned his 17th dual season victory in the No. 1 slot by taking down Pfister 6-2, 6-3. Hunter Callahan earned the clinching point for the Buckeyes in the No. 6 position, edging senior Will Davis 6-2, 6-2. The lead was extended to five when Bogatov fell to Smith at No. 3 6-4, 6-3.
Sophomore Harry Jadun put the Spartans on the board with a victory over Christ at No. 5. Jadun dealt Christ his first loss of the dual season in singles play, edging him in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
The match concluded at the No. 2 slot, where Lied fell to McCarthy 6-3, 6-4.
The Spartans will return to action on Sunday when they host Penn State in their home finale at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Match time is set for 12 p.m.