Oct. 3, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - The Michigan State men's tennis team continued play Thursday at the ITA All-American Championships in the first round of the singles main draw. The event is being held at Tulsa's Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Senior Drew Lied earned an automatic spot to the singles main draw after winning the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships in August. Lied's first round matchup had him facing off against Campbell Johnson from California. Lied came back to win the second set 6-3 after dropping the first set 6-1, but came up short in the third set and lost by a final of 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
MSU sent four players to the nationally-recognized tournament. Sophomore John Patrick Mullane advanced to the second round of the singles pre-qualifying bracket before losing to Dusty Boyer of Nebraska, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Junior Gijs Linders had a first-round exit from the singles pre-qualifying bracket after dropping both sets to Oystein Steiro of North Carolina, 7-5, 6-3. In a bonus match of singles pre-qualifying, Linders' topped Northwestern's Alex Pasareanu, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4. Senior Aaron Pfister competed in the main qualifying singles bracket and lost to Austin Smith of Georgia in the first round, 7-5, 6-2.
Lied and Mullane lost in the second round of doubles main qualifying action to Maciek Romanowicz and Robert Stineman of Stanford, 8-6, after receiving a first round bye. The doubles team of Pfister and Linders advanced to the third round of doubles main qualifying before losing to Texas' Lloyd Glasspool and Soren Hess-Olesen, 8-2.
"The ITA All-Americans were a valuable experience for our team to compete with the country's finest," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We learned a lot and it will definitely help us as we continue to prepare and develop our games."
For complete results, visit www.ITATennis.com.
Spartans head to South Bend this weekend
The remaining six players not competing at the ITA All-American Championships will head down to South Bend, Ind., to compete in the first annual Bobby Bayliss Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Oct. 4-6. Teams attending the tournament include Western Michigan, Cleveland State, No. 31 Notre Dame, No. 47 Louisvile, and the 45th ranked Spartans.
Play will be held at the Courtney Tennis Center and the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Matches will begin at 2 p.m. Friday.
For results of this weekend's action, visit www.msuspartans.com.