Spartan Men’s Tennis Wraps Up Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Four Spartans earn three singles victories.
Notre Dame, Ind. - Michigan State men’s tennis completed competition at the Bobby Bayliss Invitational hosted by Notre Dame on Sunday. Four Spartan freshmen notched their first collegiate wins in the Green and White. Battling the threat of rain all weekend, the team claimed 16 victories in singles and three doubles wins to finish the competition at 19-22.
“The Notre Dame Bobby Bayliss Invite was a sucess. Everyone was able to get a lot of matches and have positive results and learning experiences,” Head coach Gene Orlando said. “Davis Wong, John Carlin, Colin Harvey and Alex Kim went 3-1 in singles action.”
Harvey started off the competition on day one with a defeat over Marquette’s Shanklin, 6-3, 6-1. On day two, Harvey conceded to Ahmadi of Indiana, 6-4, 7-6. He bounced back with a win over Western Michigan’s Kris Knof, 6-4, 6-3 and finished out the weekend with a thrilling three set victory over Northwestern’s Abrahamsen 7-5, 1-6, 11-9.
Kim fought for the win on day one against Notre Dame’s Somers in three sets, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4. On Saturday, Kim was downed by Story from Memphis 6-1, 6-7, 10-8, but later took down Shanklin from Marquette, 6-2, 7-6. He ended the third day by defeating Marquette’s Griesedeck, 6-2, 7-5.
Carlin began his collegiate campaign with a victory over Marquette’s Robinson, 6-3, 6-1. Keeping it rolling, Carlin took Knof of Western Michigan to three sets for a win, 1-6, 6-1, 10-8 and then defeated Ahmadi from Indiana in another three-setter, 4-6, 6-2, 10-3 on the second day of the Invitational. Carlin's only singles loss of the weekend came against Lorenzini from Northwestern, 6-3, 6-1.
Wong followed suit with three wins over opponents from Western Michigan: Svetlicic (3-6, 6-4, 6-2), Schnobel (6-1, 6-4) and Haupt (6-3, 4-6, 10-4). Wong’s first loss came from Ephron of Northwestern, 6-3, 7-5.
In doubles, Wong and Rakic teamed up to defeat Western’s Faveri and Svetlicic, 6-3, while Mukherjee and Shisler took a win over Joshi and Volk from Northwestern, 6-3. Harvey and Carlin rounded out the doubles effort with a win against Griesedieck and Romanello from Marquette, 6-4. The Spartans finished doubles play with a 3-2 record.
Up next, the Spartans will take a week off from competition before ITA Midwest Regionals in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from Oct. 19-22.
“Overall we made great improvement and will use this week and next to work on our game and get ready for the ITA Regionals,” Orlando said.