Feb. 17, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Spartans host their second double header of the year as they take on Western Michigan and Dayton on Saturday, Feb. 18. The first match against the Broncos is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with a quick break in between before the second match of the day begins at 6 p.m. against the Flyers. Both matches will take place at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
Western Michigan Scouting Western Michigan is currently 5-3 on the year, with all three of their losses coming against ranked opponents, falling to No. 31 Michigan, No. 29 Indiana, and No. 62 Northwestern. They've won all of their home matches so far and were able to pick up a win on the road in their most recent match against Illinois State. The Broncos will face Butler on Friday at 3 p.m. before traveling to East Lansing on Saturday. Western Michigan is 27-58 all-time against the Spartans including a 5-2 loss last spring at home.
Dayton Scouting The Flyers currently have a 2-4 record so far this year. Dayton has beaten both Eastern Illinois and IPFW while falling to Eastern Kentucky, Valparaiso, Northern Kentucky, and Detroit Mercy. They started off the year on the road at Eastern Kentucky but have played their last five matches at home. MSU has defeated Dayton the past two seasons with a 7-0 victory coming in 2011 and a 6-1 victory in 2010.
Last Time Out
Last Sunday the Spartans opened Big Ten play against a tough undefeated Ohio State team. The No. 3 ranked Buckeyes were able to sweep MSU 7-0 on their home court. Michigan State fought tough in singles play bringing four of the matches into the third set but were unable to pick up a victory. Ronnie Hulewicz, Austin Brooks, Drew Lied, and Gijs Linders all played three tough sets but came up short.
Conference Kudos The Spartans have picked up two weekly Big Ten awards this season with the most recent recipient being Denis Bogatov the week of Jan. 17. The Gurnee, Ill. native notched a 2-0 singles and 2-0 doubles record on Jan. 14 and helped the Spartans sweep their season-opening tripleheader against Bradley, Morehead State and Wright State.
Earlier this season, Aaron Pfister also picked up an individual Big Ten accolade after being crowned the conference's indoor champion in Iowa City back in November 2011. The sophomore went undefeated, posting a perfect 6-0 singles record on his way to winning the title and also advanced to the final round of the Flight A doubles draw during the tournament.
Meet the Spartans The Michigan State men's tennis team will feature a student-athlete every week this spring in an attempt to "Meet the Spartans". This week sophomore Aaron Pfister (Grand Blanc, Mich.) sat down with msuspartans.com to answer some questions about what he likes to do in his free time and his plans for the future. Next week, Spartan fans will get to know freshman Gijs Linders.
Next Up MSU travels to Notre Dame for their first true road match of the season. The Spartans will take on No. 30 Notre Dame on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. at Eck Tennis Pavillion in South Bend, Ind.