March 12, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State Spartan tennis team returns to action this week as it opens its conference schedule against rival Michigan on Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. MSU enters the contest with a 6-7 record in dual matches, and is currently ranked No. 43 in the ITA National polls. The Wolverines sit at 4-6 on the season and are ranked No. 30. For updates on the match, follow live stats here.
A GLANCE AT THE WOLVERINES
Michigan enters the Big Ten schedule after enduring a brutal non-conference slate that included nine ranked opponents and six inside the top 25. The Wolverines have been a team of narrow defeats and close victories. Four of their six losses have come by one point, and the other two have ended with a 5-2 score. Three of their four victories have come against ranked opponents (No. 22 Wake Forest, No. 52 Princeton, and No. 57 TCU). After starting the season 4-1, the Wolverines enter the weekend with five consecutive losses. Michigan will conclude its non-conference schedule when they face the Tigers of LSU on Sunday, March 17.
The Wolverines are led by senior Evan King, who has a perfect 10-0 record in dual competitions and is 16-3 overall this season. An impressive 13 of King's opponents are ranked nationally in the ITA singles polls. King currently sits as No. 16 in the ITA singles rankings.
LAST TIME OUT
The Spartans concluded their non-conference schedule last weekend when they traveled to Kalamazoo, Mich., to face the Broncos of Western Michigan. Despite jumping out to an early 1-0 lead after taking all three doubles matches, the Spartans fell 4-3 in a hard fought match. Sophomores Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders picked up the 8-6 victory in the No. 1 doubles spot over Nadin Indre and Ruben Greiner. Sophomore JP Mullane and junior Drew Lied earned the win at the No. 2 spot, while junior Aaron Pfister and senior Christian Roehmer earned an 8-5 victory at No. 3.
Mullane and Linders earned the two singles points for the Spartans at the No. 3 and 4 positions, which tied the match at three. Linders earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Greiner in the No. 4 spot, while Mullane topped Aaron Wong 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3.
The match came down to Lied at the No.2 position, where he fell in a hard fought 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 competition that left the Spartans with a tough loss to an in-state foe.
NEXT TIME OUT
The Spartans return to action next weekend at home when they host a pair of Big Ten opponents. MSU will face the Golden Gophers of Minnesota on Saturday, March 23 at 12 p.m. and will face the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m.