Feb. 7, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Spartan tennis squad is at home for the second straight weekend to host the 29th ranked Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12 p.m. MSU is currently ranked No. 48 in the ITA national rankings with a 4-3 record, while Notre Dame is also 4-3 with losses to No. 37 Northwestern, No. 28 Harvard and No. 5 Duke.
Following the match, Spartan Tennis is celebrating its 100-year anniversary and will commemorate the occasion with a Centennial Banquet 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.
SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH
Notre Dame is coming off a weekend split with the 5th ranked Blue Devils and IUPUI. The Irish were blanked by a talented Blue Devils squad 4-0 as they earned the doubles point and singles victories at the No. 1, 2 and 5 singles positions. The Irish rebounded quickly to earn a 7-0 victory in the evening match against IUPUI, earning victories in all seven matches.
Notre Dame is led by junior Greg Andrews in singles play who is currently ranked No. 80 in singles and owns a 5-1 record in dual matches. Senior Blas Moros (No. 110) and sophomore Wyatt McCoy (No. 120) round out the ranked singles players for the Irish. In doubles play, Andrews pairs with senior Spencer Talmadge to make up the 51nd ranked doubles squad, and will play at the No. 1 position.
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LAST TIME OUT
The Spartans suffered a close loss to the Tigers of Princeton University last weekend, who edged the Green and White 4-3 in a match that went down to the final singles slot. After losing the doubles point, the Spartans rebounded in singles play by taking victories in the No. 3 and 5 positions to take a 2-1 lead.
Sophomore Gijs Linders topped Spindler at the No. 3 spot 6-2, 6-3, while senior Denis Bogatov defeated Richardson in the No. 5 slot 6-4, 7-5.
After Tiger victories in the No. 1 and 4 positions, MSU tied the match at three with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 2 by junior Drew Lied. Despite a gutsy effort, Princeton sealed the match at No. 6 with a 6-2, 7-6 victory over senior Will Davis.
MSU will hit the road next weekend as they travel to Virginia to face the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University and Virginia Tech. The Spartans will face No. 30 VCU on Friday, Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. before traveling to Blacksburg to face the 46th ranked Hokies on Sunday, Feb. 17 at noon.