March 7, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Spartan men's tennis squad continues action after an off-weekend as it heads to Kalamazoo, Mich., to take on the Broncos of Western Michigan on Friday, March 8 at 1 p.m. MSU enters the weekend with an even 6-6 record, and a No. 43 ranking in the latest ITA polls. Junior Aaron Pfister currently sits at No. 109 in the singles rankings. This will be the last non-conference match for the Spartans, as they open the Big Ten schedule next weekend when they host Michigan.
A GLANCE AT THE BRONCOS
Western Michigan enters the weekend with a 9-7 record. The Broncos share three common opponents with the Spartans this dual season in Princeton, IPFW, and Detroit. Both schools have a combined 2-1 record against these foes, topping IPFW and Detroit while losing to the 55th ranked Tigers of Princeton. Western Michigan has faced two other Big Ten teams this season, falling to No. 41 Northwestern (5-2) and Iowa (4-3).
2012 MAC Player of the Year Nadin Indre leads the way for the Broncos, posting a 10-2 record at No. 1 singles in dual matches and an 8-5 mark in doubles play with Ruben Greiner at the No. 1 position. Indre was also a first-team MAC selection and all-tournament choice while posting a 56-29 overall record last season.
LAST TIME OUT
MSU picked up a pair of much needed victories in their last weekend of competition after previously falling in four consecutive matches to ranked opponents. The two victories give the Spartans a 6-6 record and a chance to enter conference play with a winning record if they can top the Broncos on Friday.
The first victory of the doubleheader for the Green and White came against Ball State. The Spartans were able to earn the doubles point by winning at the No. 1 and 3 positions, and took five of six singles matches to cruise to the 6-1 victory.
MSU earned their second victory by the same score over IPFW, taking five of six singles matches but notching victories in all three doubles competitions. Sophomore Gijs Linders finished the weekend with a perfect 4-0 record, posting two doubles and two singles wins. Senior Denis Bogatov, junior Aaron Pfister, and sophomore Harry Jadun all finished with 3-0 marks on the weekend.
NEXT TIME UP
The Spartans will open the conference dual season against rival Michigan next week on Thursday, March 14 at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Match time is set for 6 p.m.