April 26, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team fell in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament this afternoon, as No. 2 seed Minnesota defeated the Spartans for the second time this season with a 4-0 victory. Minnesota will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between Michigan and Indiana.
After earning a victory in the first round against Nebraska, MSU will now wait and see if their season resume earns them a trip to the NCAA tournament.
The Gophers were able to take the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Freshman JP Mullane and junior Drew Lied earned the first doubles match at No. 2 for the Green and White over Rok Bonin and Juan Pablo Ramierez, 8-2, but the Spartans were unable to secure a second match. Junior Aaron Pfister and senior Denis Bogatov fell 8-4 to Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh, while Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment topped sophomores Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders at No. 1, 8-5.
The Gophers were able to clinch the match with the first three singles points. Hamburg defeated Bogatov for the first singles victory on court three, 6-2, 6-2, and Ramirez followed quickly behind with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Jadun in the No. 6 slot.
Toledo clinched the match for the Gophers in the No. 2 position, where he defeated Lied 6-1, 6-4.
The Big Ten Tournament will conclude on Sunday, April 28, with the final match set for 12 p.m.
The NCAA Tournament first round is scheduled for May 10, in Urbana, Ill.