Jan. 31, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team returns home this weekend when they host the Princeton Tigers at 2 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans enter the weekend with a 4-2 record and are ranked No. 40 in the latest ITA rankings. The only two losses for MSU came against No. 9 Kentucky and No. 33 Memphis.
Spartan Tennis is celebrating its 100-year anniversary and will commemorate the occasion with a Centennial Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Kellogg Center. Head coach Gene Orlando and special guests will recognize the top players from years past that have been named to the Spartan Tennis All-Century Team.
A Look at Princeton
The Tigers open their dual match season this weekend with three contests against opponents in the state of Michigan. They begin the tour of the mitten state tonight when they face Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, before traveling to take on the Wolverines in Ann Arbor on Friday. They will conclude the road trip in East Lansing against the Spartans on Saturday.
The Tigers are coached by Billy Pate, who enters his first season at the helm for Princeton. Prior to arriving at Princeton, he spent 10 years coaching at Alabama.
On the court, senior Matja Pecotic will lead the way for the Tigers. Pecotic compiled an impressive 26-2 record in the fall with 13 victories over ranked opponents. Pecotic is currently ranked as the No. 2 singles player in the country.
Last Time Out
The Spartans split a pair of matches against ranked opponents at the ITA Kickoff last weekend in Lexington, Ky., MSU opened the weekend against the ninth-ranked Wildcats of Kentucky with a hard fought 4-2 loss. Freshman JP Mullane and Gijs Linders picked up victories in singles play, but the Wildcats proved to be too much in doubles play and the top two singles spots.
The Spartans showed their toughness in the second match against the No. 40 Gamecocks of South Carolina, pulling out a narrow 4-3 win that came down to the final singles match. Senior Will Davis sealed the match for the Spartans with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Ben Barnette.
MSU will host the No. 30 Fighting Irish of Notre Dame next weekend at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility on Feb. 9, the match is set to begin at noon.