April 20, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team completed its regular season on Sunday afternoon with a strong showing. The Spartans (11-13, 5-6 Big Ten) dominated No. 59 Indiana, 6-1, at the MSU Outdoor Courts. MSU ends the regular season having won its last two matches in a row and three of its last four.
"I give the guys a lot of credit," head coach Gene Orlando said. "I told them in the huddle that Indiana is a very competitive team, they compete hard, and I have a lot of respect for Indiana. We stepped up to the challenge and were able to come up with some big wins. You can see the confidence growing from Friday into today."
MSU took an early 1-0 advantage by winning the doubles point. Juniors Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun defeated Sven Lalic and Dimitrije Tasic on court two, 8-4, to win the first match for MSU. Senior Drew Lied and sophomore John Patrick Mullane clinched the doubles point for MSU with their 8-6 win over No. 59 Daniel Bednarczyk and Sam Monette. The win was Lied and Mullane's second straight over a ranked doubles team as they defeated No. 70 Tatarczyk and Medinilla of Purdue on Friday. Senior Aaron Pfister and freshman Brett Forman were leading in their match on court three, 7-6, before the doubles point was clinched and the match was abandoned.
In singles, MSU won four of six first sets en route to claiming five of the singles matches. Linders got things going early for the Spartans, dismantling Elliott Yee on court five, 6-2, 6-0. After MSU lost its match on court three, Mullane gave MSU another point with his two-set win on court two, defeating Sven Lalic 6-4, 6-2. Jadun clinched the match for MSU as he won in three sets on court six. He lost the first set, but came back to win the next nine straight games en route to a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 win. Forman finished off his match on court four by winning a second-set tiebreaker over Dimitrije Tasic, 6-4, 7-6(7).
Lied finished the weekend a perfect 4-0 as he won all of his singles and doubles matches on Friday and Sunday, with all of his matches coming on the No. 1 court. He defeated Indiana's Sam Monette, ranked No. 104, on Sunday, 6-4, 7-6(5). Lied improved his dual record to 11-12 and his Big Ten record to 5-6.
- MSU improved to 10-1 (.909) at home this season with its only loss coming to top-ranked Ohio State.
- MSU defeated its fifth ranked opponent of the season and its third in its last four matches. MSU is 5-13 against ranked foes this season, including 4-1 at home.
- The Spartans claimed the doubles point for the 12th time of the season against Indiana. MSU is 11-1 (.917) when taking an early 1-0 lead.
- Mullane picked up his team-high seventh Big Ten win of the season by defeating Indiana. Mullane is 7-3 in conference this season and 15-5 for his career in the Big Ten.
- Jadun tallied his fourth straight win on Sunday. All four of those wins have come against opponents on ranked teams.
- Forman finished the spring dual season leading the Spartans in wins with 14. He is 14-7 for the spring and 5-6 in conference.
- Three Spartans made their final home appearance of the regular season on Sunday. The 2014 senior class includes Drew Lied, Aaron Pfister and Will Davis.
The Big Ten Tournament is next for MSU. The Spartans are hosting the tournament, which will be held on April 24-27, at either the MSU Outdoor Courts or the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
1) Lied/Mullane (MSU) def. #59 Bednarczyk/Monette (IU) 8-6
2) Jadun/Linders (MSU) def. Lalic/Tasic (IU) 8-4
3) Pfister/Forman (MSU) vs. Essick/Lugonjic (IU) 7-6, unfinished
1) Lied (MSU) def. #104 Monette (IU) 6-4, 7-6(5)
2) Mullane (MSU) def. Lalic (IU) 6-4, 6-2
3) Bednarczyk (IU) def. Pfister (MSU) 6-4, 6-4
4) Forman (MSU) def. Tasic (IU) 6-4, 7-6(7)
5) Linders (MSU) def. Yee (IU) 6-2, 6-0
6) Jadun (MSU) def. Essick (IU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3