April 22, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team (17-10, 6-5) wrapped up regular season play on Sunday, April 22nd with a win at Penn State. The victory marks the third straight in Big Ten action and gives the Spartans a winning conference record going into the Big Ten tournament this upcoming week. Michigan State won the doubles point along with four of the six singles points to come away with the 5-2 win.
At the top of the match, Penn State came out strong with an 8-1 victory on court one by the No. 31 ranked team of Lee and Bader. The Nittany Lions pair topped Aaron Pfister and Drew Lied. However, MSU was able to rebound and pick up wins on courts two and three to win the doubles point in the match. On court two, Austin Brooks and Harry Jadun defeated Welnetz and Cohen 8-1 to tie things up at one match apiece. The final decision came down to Denis Bogatov and Gijs Linders on court three. The Spartan tandem was able to defeat Penn State's Hanzlik and Griffin, 8-6 for the win and doubles point.
In singles play, Cohen evened the match up to 1-1 for Penn State as he defeated Austin Brooks on court four 6-2, 6-3. But the Spartans then rallied to win three-straight matches earning their fourth point and the match win.
On court one Pfister defeated Lee 6-4, 6-2 for his third-straight victory at the number one singles spot. Ronnie Hulewicz then picked up the next point for the Spartans as he came back to win in three sets following a tough drop in the first set, 6-0. The senior was able to pick up sets two and three easily by a score of 6-3, 6-3 over Bader for the match.
On court two Bogatov defeated Hanzlik by a score of 7-5, 6-1. Drew Lied fell on court five to Welnetz 6-2, 6-1. The final match of the day went into three sets with Linders able to come back and win after dropping the first set 3-6. Linders defeated Hasyn 6-3 in the second set and then won the third in a 10-point tie-break 10-6 to win the final match of the day for the Spartans.
Sunday's win marked the end of regular-season action for the Spartans. The team begins post-season play next week at the Big Ten tournament. MSU's first match will take place on Thursday (April 26), the time and opponent has yet to be announced. The tournament will take place in Evanston, Ill. with Northwestern the host.
1. Jason Lee/Russell Bader (PSU) def. Aaron Pfister/Drew Lied (MSU) 8-1
2. Austin Brooks/Harry Jadun (MSU) def. Bryan Welnetz/Taylor Cohen (PSU) 8-4
3. Denis Bogotav/Gijs Linders (MSU) def. Tomas Hanzlik/C.J. Griffin 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Aaron Pfister (MSU) def. Jason Lee (PSU) 6-4, 6-2
2. Denis Bogatov (MSU) def. Tomas Hanzlik (PSU) 7-5, 6-1
3. Ronnie Hulewicz (MSU) def. Russell Bader (PSU) 0-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. Taylor Cohen (PSU) def. Austin Brooks (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Bryan Welnetz (PSU) def. Drew Lied (MSU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Gijs Linders (MSU) def. Christopher Hasyn (PSU) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6
Order of Finish: 4, 1, 3, 2, 5, 6