April 20, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team (16-10, 5-5 Big Ten) is on the road for one final regular season match this season. The Spartans look to come out of the Big Ten with a winning record as they travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions at noon on Sunday, April 22. The match is scheduled to take place at the Sarni Tennis Center.
Penn State Scouting
Penn State is currently 11-11 on the season and 1-8 in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions are looking to close out the season while improving their Big Ten record before the tournament as they travel to Michigan on Friday (April 20) before hosting the Spartans this Sunday. Penn State's one Big Ten win as come against Iowa as they look to pick up two more wins this weekend. The Nittany Lions started out the season strong, including a six game win streak but have dropped eight of their last ten matches. After falling in their first match of the season at N.C. State Penn State only lost two more matches before the start of Big Ten play. Penn State is currently in eleventh place in the Big Ten entering the final week of the regular season.
Last Time Out
Last weekend the Spartans swept their final two home matches, winning both on Saturday versus Iowa and Sunday against Nebraska. On Saturday the Spartans came away with a 6-1 win, only dropping one singles match. In doubles play MSU won on all three courts to pick up the first point of the day. Aaron Pfister and Drew Lied won on court one, Austin Brooks and Harry Jadun on court two, and Gijs Linders and Denis Bogatov on court three. In singles play Gijs Linders defeated Tomlins 6-3, 6-2; followed by a win for Austin Brooks on court five. Denis Bogatov and Aaron Pfister then picked up wins for the Spartans both in two sets followed by a 6-3, 6-4 win for Ronnie Hulewicz on court three. Dunn defeated Lied in the last match of the day to win the only point for Iowa.
On Sunday MSU faced off against Nebraska and came away with a 5-2 win. The Spartans celebrated senior day in their last home match of the season by honoring seniors Austin Brooks and Ronnie Hulewicz. The Huskers won the doubles point to start off the match, winning on all three courts. However, in singles play MSU took five of the six matches. Gijs Linders and Aaron Pfister both won in two straight sets to give the Spartans the lead. On court four Drew Lied defeated Stenger before Nebraska came back with a win on court three as Ronnie Hulewicz fell to Schulze. MSU wrapped up the match from there with Austin Brooks and Denis Bogatov both winning in close three set matches.
The Spartans have picked up two weekly Big Ten awards this season with the most recent recipient being Denis Bogatov the week of Jan. 17. The Gurnee, Ill. native notched a 2-0 singles and 2-0 doubles record on Jan. 14 and helped the Spartans sweep their season-opening tripleheader against Bradley, Morehead State and Wright State.
Earlier this season, Aaron Pfister also picked up an individual Big Ten accolade after being crowned the conference's indoor champion in Iowa City back in November 2011. The sophomore went undefeated, posting a perfect 6-0 singles record on his way to winning the title and also advanced to the final round of the Flight A doubles draw during the tournament.
Spartans on the Web
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The Spartans will be finished with the regular season and preparing for the Big Ten Tournament the following week. MSU's first match will take place on Thursday, April 26 with the time and opponent yet to be determined. This year the Big Ten Tournament is hosted by the Northwestern Wildcats and will take place in Evanston, Ill.