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Spartans Host Home Series Against Ball State And Detroit Mercy Saturday

Feb. 24, 2018

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men’s tennis will host two duals on Saturday, Feb. 24 against Ball State at 10 a.m. and concluding with Detroit Mercy at 6 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.

Last Friday, the Spartans battled the Memphis Tigers, falling 7-0. After scoring early doubles points, the Tigers ran away with the match by claiming all six singles matches. The Spartans took two of the matches into super tiebreakers but were unable to take the win.

On the expectations for Ball State and Detroit Mercy…
I’m expecting two quality matches. Ball State is coming in 7-1, and having a great season. We’ve always had some great matches in the past. Both teams are going to bring their best game. This is a chance for them to compete against a Big Ten school, and we’re going to have to be ready. We respect both teams, and we’re looking to play our best.

On the focus in practice this week…
We’re focusing on controlling the momentum. We’re going to win points, we’re going to lose points, but not letting a point that we lose have an effect on the next point, controlling the emotions. We’ve played some great teams; everyone’s ranked except for Princeton. They’re all top-40. It’s about flipping your mindset. “I’m there, and I’ve got to keep on doing what I’ve doing.” Staying with the process.

There’s no doubt we’ve made a lot of progress from January to where we are now, and from where we were in the fall. Our opportunity is going to be there. We were knocking on the door against some of these teams and found out that they were pretty good. If we keep going the things we’ve been doing, I think we’ll be right where we need to be.

The Cardinals have started the season 7-1, dropping their first match to Indiana, 6-1, but coming back with a seven-match win streak. Ball State last defeated Lipscomb, 4-3, on Saturday, Feb. 17 in Muncie, Indiana.

The two teams last met during the 2016-17 season at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center where Michigan State topped Ball State 5-2. The Spartans currently hold a 18-10 advantage over the Cardinals.

The Titans and Spartans have only met twice in program history, and Michigan State has a 2-0 advantage over Detroit Mercy. Their last meeting was during the 2015-16 season, when the Spartans won 5-2.

The Titans look to come out tough after a strong fall season. Freshman Luka Soskic captured two wins in the ITA Midwest Regionals and finished the fall with a 5-1 record. The Titans also welcome back junior Artem Vasheshnikov who finished last season with a 19-10 overall record and is the first Titan to receive an ATP ranking.

The Spartans will start up again after a week off on March 9 against Tulane at 1 p.m. in New Orleans, Louisiana.



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