April 25, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team has been named the number seven seed in this year's Big Ten Tournament. The Spartans finished the regular season with a 17-10 overall record and a 6-5 record in the Big Ten. At the seven seed the Spartans will match up against Purdue, the number 10 seed on Thursday, April 26 at 2:30 p.m. This year the tournament is being hosted by Northwestern with all matches taking place at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center.
This will be MSU's second match-up against the Boilermakers this season. The first meeting came on April 1 when Purdue traveled to East Lansing and suffered a 6-1 defeat to the Spartans. In that match Purdue won the doubles point before Michigan State came back taking all six singles matches. The Boilermakers ended the season with a 10-15 record and a 2-9 record in the Big Ten. Purdue came away with wins over Penn State and Iowa in season play for their only two conference wins all season.
Last Time Out
Last weekend the Spartans traveled to Penn State for the final regular season match of the year. MSU came away victorious with a 5-2 win over the Nittany Lions. Michigan State claimed the doubles point as Austin Brooks and Harry Jadun won on court two and Denis Bogatov and Gijs Linders picked up the win on court three.
Penn State came back with a win in singles play on court four before Aaron Pfister, Ronnie Hulewicz and Denis Bogatov were all able to pick up wins. Hulewicz came back in a three-set match after dropping the first set to win 0-6, 6-3, 6-3. Drew Lied fell on court five before Gijs Linders won the final match for the Spartans in a three set tie-breaker.
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.
Ohio State claimed the number one seed in this year's tournament after going undefeated in Big Ten play. The winner of the Michigan State/Purdue match will go on to face the number two seed Michigan at 2:30 on Friday, April 27. The tournament bracket can be found here.
The Spartans finish the year with a 17-10 overall record, and a 6-5 Big Ten record. Michigan State was able to put together two three-game winning streaks in conference play while only dropping one match to top ranked Ohio State at home. Aaron Pfister and Gijs Linders lead the Spartans in their singles matches record this season going 14-6 and 15-7 respectively. Linders is currently on an eight-match win streak playing on the number six court. Austin Brooks and Harry Jadun hold the best team record for doubles play going 11-6 while playing on court two.
Home Court Advantage
Michigan State finished the year with a 12-2 record at home only dropping matches to Mississippi State back in January and to No. 3 ranked Ohio State. Included in the 12 wins are four Big Ten wins over Indiana, Purdue, Iowa, and Nebraska. All other wins came against non-conference opponents dating back to a win over Wright State in January.
How They Rank
MSU is ranked No. 61 in the nation by ITA heading into the Big Ten tournament. Along with their team ranking the doubles team of Aaron Pfister and Drew Lied is currently ranked No. 84 with a 7-9 record while playing on court one.
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