Spartans Move to 4-0 on the Season, Taking Down YSU, CSU
Jan. 22, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team continued its 2011 season by earning victories over Cleveland State and Youngstown State in its second doubleheader in as many weeks.
The Spartans began action against the Vikings of Cleveland State, taking two of three doubles sets and five of six singles, earning a 6-1 team victory to move to 3-0 on the season. Seniors John Stratton and Austin Brooks fell to Rob Fox and John Haley 8-6 in the first doubles match, but the Spartans came back and earned victories from freshman Drew Lied and sophomore Denis Bogatov as they took down Yannick Goossens and Matt Kuelken 8-5. Freshman Aaron Pfister and senior Jason Norville earned the third and most convincing doubles victory by defeating Chris Klepatz and Matt Ford, 8-1.
In singles play, the only Spartan loss came to Fox, who took down Brooks 6-3, 6-4. Fellow seniors Jason Norville and John Stratton earned victories over Ford (6-2, 6-2) and Klepatz (6-2, 6-1) respectively. Junior Ron Hulewicz defeated Kuelken 6-3, 6-2, while freshman Aaron Pfister cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Haley. In the closest match of the afternoon, Bogatov defeated Goossens 6-3, 7-5.
In their second match, the Spartans earned a 7-0 victory by taking wins in every match against the Penguins of Youngstown State.
Senior Clark Richardson and junior Mat Nelson defeated Tariq Ismail and Felipe Rosa 8-4, while Hulewicz and sophomore Christian Roehmer took down Max Schmerin and Zeeshan Ismail 8-3. The third tandem, Stratton and freshman Ryan Richmond earned a default victory, due to a lack of players from Youngstown State.
Nelson and Roehmer both earned 6-3, 6-0 victories in singles, as Nelson defeated Schmerin and Roehmer beat Ismail. Lied cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Tariq Ismail while Richmond beat Rodrigo Campos 6-1, 6-1. Norville earned a default victory in the six spot, and in the closest match of the evening, Richardson defeated Rosa 6-1, 7-6 (4).
The Spartans continue action when they host their third doubleheader Jan. 29 as they host Bradley at 10 a.m. and Dayton at 4 p.m.
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