March 1, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Spartans (8-6), host their final doubleheader of the season on Saturday as they take on Ball State and Cleveland State. The first match of the day against Ball State is scheduled to begin at noon with Cleveland State to follow as the night cap at 6 p.m. Both matches will take place at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
Ball State Scouting
Ball State is currently 11-2 on the season and riding a nine-game winning streak. The Cardinals dropped their first two matches of the season at Northwestern and Illinois but haven't lost since. They swept their previous two matches at home against Eastern Illinois and Indiana Tech before hitting the road to take on the Spartans. Last season MSU defeated Ball State on the road by a score of 6-1 while also picking up a home win in 2010 over the Cardinals with a score of, 5-2.
Cleveland State Scouting
Cleveland State holds a 4-4 record thus far this season. The Vikings have only had two home matches, while playing the rest on the road. After losing their first three matches of the season CSU went on a three-game win streak. They then dropped a match at Illinois State before picking up a win in their most previous match at Northern Illinois. Two years ago Cleveland State defeated the Spartans in East Lansing, 4-3, but MSU came back to win the following year, 6-1.
Last Time Out
Last Sunday, the Spartans traveled for their first true road match of the season taking on No. 29 Notre Dame. MSU was able to pick up one win in doubles play on court one as Drew Lied and Aaron Pfister defeated Fitzgerald and Watt. Michigan State dropped the other two matches however and Notre Dame was able to gain the first point of the match. The Irish then went on to sweep in singles play leading them to a 7-0 victory even with the Spartans putting up a fight. Aaron Pfister fought hard on court one losing in a super tie-breaker to No. 49 ranked Greg Andrews, and Drew Lied went into three sets on court four but fell in the final set.
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 freshman Harry Jadun (East Lansing, Mich.) sat down with msuspartans.com to answer some questions about his favorite music and sports. Next week, Spartan fans will get to know senior Ronnie Hulewicz.
The Spartans will travel to Marquette to take on the Golden Eagles on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium in Milwaukee, Wis. This also marks Michigan State's final non-conference match of the season.