Oct. 27, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Michigan State men's tennis team has finished up their play at the Big Ten Indoors hosted by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Sunday's action included singles quarterfinal and semifinal matches at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
MSU's exit in the Big Ten Indoors also marks the end of their fall schedule. The Spartans will start their spring dual season Jan. 11, 2014.
"The fall season is somewhat like spring training in baseball - an opportunity to see who the players have developed their game over the summer," head coach Gene Orlando said. "There is no doubt this fall we have shown the potential to be a very strong team. We will use the remainder of the fall season to make our team weaknesses better and our team strength stronger."
Sophomore John Patrick Mullane matched up with Wisconsin's Oskar Wikberg in the quarterfinals. Mullane won handily, 6-4, 6-0 and advanced to the semifinals to face Mark Kovacs of Purdue. Kovacs defeated Mullane in a close match, 7-6 (5), 6-4. In the round of 16, Kovacs was victorious over Michigan's Vlad Stefan, who was the top-seeded player in the tournament.
In the fourth round of singles consolation draw, Mac Roy lost to Daniel Bednzrxzyk of Indiana 6-4, 6-4. Also in the singles consolation fourth round, Harry Jadun fell to Michigan's Kevin Wong 6-1, 6-4.
Overall, MSU was good for a 13-14 singles record during their three days at the Big Ten Indoors.
Junior Doug Zade finished the tournament 1-2 and also finished the fall with a 3-6 singles record.
Jadun had a 2-2 mark for the tournament and was good for an overall fall record of 7-6, including picking up three wins at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
Mullane went 4-1 during the Big Ten Indoors and tallied a 6-3 record for the fall. Mullane advanced to the second round in the singles pre-qualifying bracket at the ITA All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., in late September before bowing out.
Roy finished the tournament 3-2 and compiled a 5-4 fall singles record.
Freshman Brett Forman went 2-1 at the Big Ten Indoors and recorded a 5-4 mark in the fall.
Senior Will Davis finished the tournament 1-2 and ended the fall with a 3-6 record.
Junior Gijs Linders went 0-2 in singles at the Big Ten Indoors and finished the fall with a 2-4 record. Linders and Jadun did team up to claim runner-up in the doubles draw at the Big Ten Indoors.
Sophomore Paul Heeder went 0-2 at the Big Ten Indoors and finished 0-6 for the fall.
Seniors Drew Lied and Aaron Pfister did not participate at the Big Ten Indoors. Lied, the 125th ranked singles player in the country, finished the fall with a 2-3 record. Lied qualified for the singles main draw at the ITA All-American Championships, but was ousted in his first-round matchup.
Pfister, the 77th ranked singles player, completed the fall with a 6-4 record. Pfister lost in the first round of the singles main qualifying draw at the ITA All-American. He also was named to the all-tournament team at the Bobby Bayliss Invitational Oct. 4-6 after going 3-1 in singles during the Notre Dame-hosted tournament. At the ITA Midwest Regional Championships, Pfister advanced to the quarterfinals before losing.
The spring dual season will begin Jan. 11, 2014, for MSU when they welcome in Detroit and Toledo for a pair of matches.