Men's Tennis Travels to Indiana For Two Conference Matches
March 27, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 51 Spartan men's tennis team will hit the road this weekend for a pair of conference matches against Indiana University and No. 60 Purdue University. MSU is set to face the Hoosiers of Indiana on Friday, March 29 at 2 p.m., before traveling to West Lafayette to face the Boilermakers on Sunday, March 31 at 12 p.m. The Spartans earned their first conference victory of the season last weekend with a sweep over the No. 64 Wisconsin Badgers, and sit at 7-9 on the season. The victory over the Badgers was the first conference sweep for the Spartans since April 3, 2004, when they defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 7-0.
The Spartans defeated both the Hoosiers and Boilermakers last dual season. MSU topped Indiana 5-2 before defeating Purdue 6-1 at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
A GLANCE AT THE HOOSIERS
Indiana enters the match with a 9-9 record and a 1-1 mark in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers topped Penn State 5-2 to open the conference season before falling to 5th-ranked Ohio State 7-0 last weekend. All nine of Indiana's losses have come against teams in the top 75, while they are a perfect 9-0 against unranked opponents.
Senior Isade Juneau has represented the Hoosiers primarily in the No. 1 singles position, posting an 11-7 overall record in dual matches. Juneau has been even more impressive in doubles action, recording a 15-3 combined mark with partners Sam Monette and Josh MacTaggart. Monette and Juneau are currently ranked No. 31 in the ITA doubles rankings, while MacTaggart and Juneau sit at No. 49. MacTaggart competes primarily at the No. 3 position in singles play, where he recorded a 10 match win streak before falling to 20th ranked Blaz Rola of Ohio State, 6-0, 6-4 last match.
BREAKING DOWN THE BOILERMAKERS
Purdue will host the Wolverines of Michigan on Friday, March 29 before welcoming the Green and White on Sunday, March 31. Entering the weekend, the 14-4 Boilermakers will look to improve on their 1-1 conference mark with the pair of Big Ten matches. Purdue shares the same conference record as Indiana, with a victory over Penn State and a loss to Ohio State.
Junior Szymon Tatarczyk leads the way for the Boilermakers, posting a 9-6 record primarily at the No. 1 singles slot. Fellow junior Mark Kovacs has competed mostly at No. 2 singles, where he has posted an additional nine wins. Sophomore Diego Acosta and junior Aaron Dujovne have recorded an 8-5 record at the No. 1 doubles position.
LAST TIME OUT
It was a combination of heartbreak and joy last weekend for the Spartans, as they fell in another tightly contested conference match before earning their first Big Ten win of the season in impressive fashion.
MSU welcomed the 61st ranked Gophers of Minnesota on Friday, March 23 in the first match of the weekend. The Gophers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point, and were able to fend off a late push in singles play to earn the 4-3 victory. Junior Drew Lied and sophomores Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders earned the three singles points for the Spartans, but the tightly contested match at the No. 1 position between junior Aaron Pfister and Rok Bonin went to the Gophers.
On Sunday, Michigan State came out determined against the 64th ranked Wisconsin Badgers and never looked back. Taking the doubles point with wins from Gijs Linders/ Harry Jadun and Drew Lied/JP Mullane at the No. 1 and 3 positions, the Green and White built of their momentum and took all six of the singles points to earn the sweep.
Both Linders and Jadun finished the weekend with a perfect 4-0 mark, each winning both of their singles matches and pairing for an additional two wins at the No. 1 doubles spot.
The Spartans will return home next weekend when they host another pair of conference opponents. MSU will face Northwestern on Saturday, April 6 at 12 p.m. and Illinois on Sunday at 12 p.m.
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