Jan. 10, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team opens its 2013 dual match season with a doubleheader against Wright State University and Detroit on Saturday, January 12. The first match will begin at 10 am against the Raiders of Wright State, followed by a match against Detroit at 4 pm. The Spartans earned impressive victories against both opponents in last year's dual season, taking down the Raiders 7-0, and Detroit by a score of 6-1.
Scouting Wright State
Wright State will also be opening its dual season in East Lansing this weekend, but competed in three tournaments during the fall season. Sophomore Ricardo Pineda picked up three singles victories in the fall for the Raiders, all coming at the Tennessee Fall Invitational. He earned victories over Patrick Bandy of Xavier 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6), and added wins over Jim Beckwith and Andrew Cahn of Western Michigan. Pineda also notched two victories in doubles play at the invitational, also coming over Western Michigan and Xavier. Pineda earned a 13-14 overall singles record last season, going 4-1 in league play.
The Raiders will also be looking for junior Hayden Joblin to continue his success from last season. The junior from Brooklyn, New Zealand earned 19 singles victories last season, and recorded a 21-11 record in doubles play. Joblin earned two victories in the fall season, taking down Jao Maio of Eastern Kentucky in the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship, and Xavier's Brandon Macdonald at the Tennessee Fall Invitational.
A Look at Detroit
In their only official competition of the fall tournament season, the Titans of Detroit competed in the ITA Regional Championship in East Lansing, where they competed in both singles and doubles play. Senior Pablo Nunez earned the lone singles victory for the Titans, taking down Ben Brocker of Toledo 7-5, 7-6. In doubles play, seniors Alex Latosinsky and Mike Basha faced Spartan juniors Aaron Pfister and Drew Lied, who topped the Titan pair, 8-3. The Titans also hosted exhibition matches against Wayne State and Case Western Reserve.
The Titans will be looking for success from senior leaders Nunez and Cesar Escobar Serrano coming into the 2013 dual season after successful 2012 campaigns. Playing at every position throughout the year, Nunez earned 12 victories in singles play. Serrano finished the season with a 16-7 overall singles record. Titans head coach Grant Asher, a 1992 graduate, was an All-Big Ten selection and four-time MVP for the Spartans.
Last Time Out
The Spartans concluded their fall tournament schedule in Madison, Wis. at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on November 4. The Spartans combined for 13 singles victories and four doubles wins throughout the three-day tournament. Juniors Drew Lied and Aaron Pfister led the way for the Spartans in doubles play, earning two victories and advancing to the semi-final round. Pfister and Lied took down C.J. Griffin and Matt Berry of Penn State 8-4, before defeating Fedor Baev and Chris Jackman of Northwestern, 8-1. Senior Will Davis and sophomore Doug Zade also earned two doubles victories.
In singles play, Lied advanced to the quarterfinal round with victories over Fedor Baev of Northwestern and Elliott Yee of Indiana. Sophomore Gijs Linders notched three wins, while Pfister and senior Christian Roehmer also earned two throughout the tournament.
The Spartans will hit the road next weekend for their third match of the dual season, as they travel to Memphis, Tenn. to take on the 33rd ranked Tigers of the University of Memphis. Match is set to begin at 6 pm at the Racquet Club of Memphis.