Oct. 6, 2013
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Michigan State men's tennis team finished up the third and final day of the Bobby Bayliss Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Sunday. MSU only competed in singles today at the Courtney Tennis Center and Eck Tennis Pavilion as doubles play was canceled due to rain.
Overall for the tournament, the Spartans finished with a 10-13 singles record and a 2-2 doubles record, good for a 12-15 overall record.
"The good thing is I feel we can still play better," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We got a lot of matches in. Bottom line is we got a lot of matches in and we got better with each match. There is still a lot of room for improvement. I look forward to seeing if we can compete and get better at the next tournament."
Senior Aaron Pfister rounded out the weekend with an impressive 3-1 singles record and a 2-0 doubles record. Pfister originally was not on the roster to compete in South Bend as he was competing at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 30. However, Pfister lost in the first round of the singles main qualifying bracket and decided to play at Notre Dame.
In day three, Pfister defeated Notre Dame's Eddy Covalschi 2-6, 6-3, 10-5. In day two, he took down Notre Dame's Wyatt McCoy 6-3, 6-4. He also teamed with junior Doug Zade to defeat Notre Dame's Alex Lawson and Kenneth Sabacinski 8-2 during day two. Day one's action saw Pfister defeat Notre Dame's Josh Hagar 6-3, 6-4. Pfister and Zade knocked off Western Michigan's Zach Phillips and Ruben Greiner in doubles on day one as well. Pfister's lone defeat came in the afternoon session of day two when he fell to Louisville's Chris Simich 3-6, 6-5, 6-2.
Pfister's strong overall showing earned him a spot on the Bobby Bayliss Invitational all-tournament team. Ranked No. 77 in the country in singles, Pfister was the highest-ranked player competing this weekend.
In day three's play, MSU also picked up a win from senior Will Davis, who defeated Notre Dame's Matt Dooley 6-2, 6-2. MSU was defeated in its other five matches on the day.
MSU continues its fall schedule with selected Spartans competing at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships Oct. 17-21 in Columbus, Ohio.