Men's Tennis Opens Conference Championships Against Northwestern
April 27, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team opens the Big Ten Championship on Thursday, April 28 when it faces the ninth-seeded Wildcats of Northwestern at 10 a.m. The Spartans enter conference championship play as the No. 8 seed, with a 3-7 record in the Big Ten and a 17-8 mark overall, while the Wildcats are 11-12 overall and 2-8 in the conference.
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Scouting the Spartans
Freshman Aaron Pfister has continued his impressive run in singles play, posting a 20-2 record throughout the lineup, with his only losses coming to No. 4 Ohio State and No. 18 Illinois. 19 of Pfister's 20 victories have come in straight sets.
Sophomore Denis Bogatov has paced the Spartans in the No. 1 slot with a 11-10 record in dual matches. Bogatov clinched the Spartans final regular season match against Northwestern with a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (5) win over Joshua Graves.
In doubles play, senior John Stratton has recorded 14 wins at the No. 1 position, with five of them coming against Big Ten opponents. Stratton has paired with fellow senior Jason Norville for eight of those victories, five of which have come against ranked foes.
Last Time Out vs. Northwestern
Stratton has helped the Spartans in both singles and doubles play this season, posting an 21-11 record in singles and a 25-13 doubles record. For his career, Stratton has a combined 112 victories, with 59 in doubles play and the remaining 53 in singles.
Norville has paired with Stratton in doubles for the majority of this season, where they have earned eight victories in the No. 1 slot. Norville has an overall record of 61-59 in doubles matches over the past five years, and has earned 46 victories in singles play.
Clark Richardson has represented the Spartans in every doubles position and in positions two through six in singles play throughout his career. He has combined for 92 victories during his career, with 43 in singles and 49 in doubles competition.
The Spartan tennis team received the Athletic Director's Award, which is given to the male and female team with the highest cumulative team grade-point-average after the fall semester. The men's tennis program posted a 3.439 cumulative team GPA and earned the award for a record seventh time, and their fourth in a row. Senior Clark Richardson received the Scholar-Athlete Award, which is given to the member of each team with the highest GPA.
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