April 21, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 45th-ranked Michigan State men's tennis team celebrated senior day on Sunday with a 5-2 victory over the Nittany Lions of Penn State. In one of the most complete efforts of the season, the Spartans earned the doubles point and went on to win the first three singles matches to seal the victory. MSU concludes the regular season with a 13-12 record and 6-5 mark in conference play. The Green and White have now won three of their last four conference matches and six of their last eight overall. Penn State moves to 8-16 on the season and 2-9 in conference action.
Head Coach Gene Orlando was proud of the way his team concluded the regular season and has consistently battled in such a tough conference.
"It was a big win for us today. Being able to end the regular season on a winning note and get above .500 was important, and sending out these two seniors who have done so much for the program is great."
Victories in the No. 1 and 2 doubles positions gave the Spartans the early 1-0 lead. Sophomores Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders earned their 12th doubles victory, taking down Chris Young and Roman Trkulja in the No. 1 slot 8-2. Freshman JP Mullane and junior Drew Lied clinched the point in the No. 2 position, defeating Russell Bader and Matt Berry 8-6.
The Spartans continued their impressive play in singles, taking the first set in all six matches. Jadun picked up his second singles victory on the weekend for the second Spartan point, taking down Young 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 6 position.
Linders quickly earned the third point for the Green and White in the No. 5 slot, where he defeated Griffin 6-2, 6-4. The match was clinched at the No. 1 spot, where junior Aaron Pfister had to fend off a late rally in the second set from Tomas Hanzlik. Pfister cruised to a 6-1 win in the first set, and edged out a 7-6 victory in the second set for the point.
The Nittany Lions got on the board with a pair of victories in the No. 2 and 3 spots. Matt Barry defeated Bogatov at No. 3 6-3, 7-6 (11-9), while Russell Bader topped Lied on court two 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
The Spartans earned their fifth and final point in the No. 5 spot, where JP Mullane defeated Trkulja 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
With the regular season behind them, the Spartans will attempt to bolster their resume for an NCAA berth in the Big Ten Championships next weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Matches are set to begin on Thursday, April 25, and conclude with the championship on Sunday, April 28.