Michigan State Men’s Tennis Heads South To Battle No. 34 Tulane
Spartans take on Tulane at 12 p.m. in New Orleans
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State men’s tennis travels to New Orleans, Louisiana, for a dual against Tulane on Friday, March 9, at 12 p.m. ET at the City Park Pepsi Tennis Center.
“We have had a great week of practice with great weather,” Michigan State head coach Gene Orlando said. “We are excited to conclude our spring break against No. 34 Tulane.”
MSU spent the first half of its spring break in Naples, Florida, the hometown of junior Billy Shisler, and appeared at a fundraiser for the program at the Collier’s Reserve country club where they participated in a pro-am tennis match as well as an exhibition.
The Spartans will hit the courts for the first time in 13 days, following a doubleheader sweep over Ball State and Detroit Mercy. Michigan State took a 4-0 victory over the Cardinals and a 5-0 victory against the Titans to improve to 6-7 overall. Doubles pair freshman Josh Mukherjee and senior Michael Dube won both their matches to help the Spartans win their doubleheader.
No. 34 Tulane is 6-5 overall on the season, but has lost the past two matches against then-ranked No. 34 Vanderbilt, 4-1, on Sunday, March 4 and No. 45 Memphis, 4-3, on Wednesday, March 7. The Green Wave will host the Spartans as part of a triple header with Alcorn State.
The Green Wave return two key players from their 2016-17 season. Senior Constantin Schmitz received ITA All-American honors after last season, and is ranked No. 15 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Sophomore Ewan Moore is coming off of a strong freshman season and was named the 2017 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. He is currently No. 77 in singles action according to ITA. Tulane also possesses a ranked doubles pair with junior Tyler Schick and sophomore Luis Erlenbusch at No. 80.
Tulane currently holds a 7-1 advantage over the Spartans overall. The last time the two programs met was during the 2001-02 season where the Spartans fell just short, 4-3, in New Orleans.
Michigan State will hit the road for a three-match next weekend. The Spartans will first travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on Michigan at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 16. The team will then head to Penn State on Sunday, March 18 where it will first battle Penn State at 1 p.m. then take on Bucknell later in the afternoon.