Men's Tennis Hosts Purdue, Indiana in Final Weekend of Season
April 16, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State men's tennis team returns home for the final weekend of regular-season action as it is set to host two ranked Big Ten opponents. The Spartans (9-13, 3-6 Big Ten) host No. 28 Purdue on Friday at 4 p.m. and No. 59 Indiana on Sunday at 12 p.m. The matches will be played at either the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility or the MSU Outdoor Courts, depending upon the weather. Check @MSU_Tennis on Twitter for location updates. Admission is free at either location.
MSU wraps up its final weekend of conference play at home by hosting two more ranked opponents. MSU will also get to remain at home and enjoy some home-court advantage as it hosts the 2014 Big Ten Men's Tennis Tournament on April 24-27. Tournament play will be held at either the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility or the MSU Outdoor Courts. Admission is free during all four days of the tournament. The Spartans are a stellar 8-1 at home this season.
"We want to have a strong finish and make it a good send off for the seniors," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We're looking to prepare for the Big Ten Championships and keeping the dream alive, because anything can happen. We are focusing on finishing strong and putting the program in a better spot. Two quality teams are coming here and it's another opportunity to get some quality wins."
The senior class has tallied a 59-47 (.557) overall record, a 20-24 (.455) Big Ten record and a 41-16 (.719) mark at home. Davis, Lied and Pfister also played key roles in helping MSU reach the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the school's first-ever appearance in the tournament.
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For the seventh consecutive season, the men's tennis team was also recognized as having the highest cumulative grade-point average among all men's teams on campus. MSU's men's tennis team posts a 3.4 cumulative team grade-point average.
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In its most recent match, the Boilermakers took top-ranked Ohio State down to the wire, but ended up losing, 4-3. Prior to the loss to Ohio State, Purdue was on an eight-match winning streak.
As a team, Purdue is 38-16 (.704) in singles during Big Ten matches. Purdue has double-digit wins on five of the six singles courts, posting just a 7-9 record on court one. Szymon Tatarczyk has played 11 of the 19 matches on court one, posting a 5-6 record, including 3-6 in conference play.
In doubles, Purdue has two of its tandems nationally ranked. Tatarczyk and Ricky Medinilla are 70th in the country, while Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne are No. 85. Tatarczyk and Medinilla own an 8-2 record on court one, and Acosta and Dujovne are 7-6 on court two.
Purdue is 13-0 when winning the doubles point and 2-4 when losing the point this year.
MSU defeated Purdue, 6-1, in the teams' last meeting on March 31, 2013, in West Lafayette, Ind. Pfister, Lied, Mullane, and Jadun all picked up singles wins for the Spartans.
MSU has won the last two meetings overall against Purdue.
In singles, Indiana is 12-17 (.414) as a team in conference action. Sven Lalic has played 20 of the 29 matches at No. 1 singles and has posted a 6-14 record on that court. Sam Monette, ranked No. 104 nationally, has played primarily on the second court, posting an 11-5 record on that court to go along with a 14-9 overall record.
In doubles, the tandem of Monette and Bednarczyk come in at No. 59 nationally. The duo is 8-3 on court one this season and 9-3 on court two. Indiana is 6-8 (.429) as a team in doubles during conference play.
Indiana defeated MSU, 6-1, in the teams' last meeting on March 29, 2013, in Bloomington, Ind. Linders picked up the one point for MSU.
MSU defeated Indiana, 5-2, in the last meeting in East Lansing, on March 31, 2012.
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