Feb. 2, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team fell in a match that went down to the wire against the Tigers of Princeton University, 4-3. The Spartans are now 5-3 on the season, while Princeton moves to 2-1.
The Spartans opened the contest with hard-fought matches in each doubles position. Sophomores Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun opened with an 8-3 victory in the No. 2 spot over Davies and Spindler, but MSU was unable to seal the doubles point in the next two matches.
Juniors Aaron Pfister and Drew Lied fell to the 11th ranked duo of Pecotic and McCourt in the No. 1 position 8-7, while senior Denis Bogatov and freshman JP Mullane fell to Bloom and Siow in the No. 3 position by the same score.
MSU evened the score at one with a victory at the No. 3 singles spot, where Linders topped Spindler in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Bogatov gave the Spartans the 2-1 lead with the 6-4, 7-5 win at the No. 5 position over Richardson.
The Tigers briefly held the lead 3-2 with victories at the No. 1 and 4 positions. Pfister fell at No. 1 to second-ranked Pecotic 7-6, 6-3, while freshman JP Mullane fell in a close match to Bloom 6-3, 0-6, 5-7.
Lied tied the match at three all with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the No. 2 spot, which left the match decision up to senior Will Davis at the No. 6 spot. Despite a gutsy effort and a match that went back and forth, Davis fell 6-2, 7-6 to Carcione to give the Tigers the 4-3 win.
The Spartans return to action next weekend, when they host No. 30 Notre Dame at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The match is set for 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9.