Men's Tennis Ready for NCAA Tournament
May 8, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State tennis heads to the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and will take on Tulsa on Friday, May 10 in Waco, Texas. The Spartans ended the year 14-13 to earn the first at-large bid since the team tournament began in 1972.
"We're really excited, it's been a quick week," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We've been practicing hard and look forward to the opportunity to go play. It's been great to have the support from our community and the fans. I'd like to thank themfor their support over al the years, not just this year. If it wasn't for the support in the past we wouldn't be here today. We are looking forward to doing some bigger things this weekend and continue it in the future."
The first and second regional rounds are scheduled for May 10-11, with the final rounds set for May 16-21 in Urbana, Ill.
"It means a lot, it's a big year for us," Orlando said. "We've been celebrating 100-years of Spartan Tennis and to clinch our first ever NCAA berth on the 100th anniversary is really special. It's been a special year in many ways."
ABOUT THE SPARTANS
MSU finished 14-13 on the season and 6-5 in Big Ten play. Junior Aaron Pfister worked all season in the No. 1 singles position and posted a 13-12 mark. At No. 2 singles, Drew Lied went 12-12. JP Mullane paced the Spartans in the No. 4 spot and finished the season with a 17-5 dual record. At doubles, Harry Jadun and Gijs Linder went 9-10 in the No. 1 spot and Mullane and Lied finished 12-2 splitting time between No. 2 and No. 3.
A LOOK AT TULSA
ALL-BIG TEN HONORS
Pfister was one of 13 athletes nominated to the first-team, marking the second consecutive year he has been selected. Pfister is the first Spartan to earn back-to-back nominations since Nick Rinks did in 2006 and 2007. Pfister has led the Spartans in the No. 1 position all season, posting 13 singles victories throughout the dual season and 17 overall.
Drew Lied finished the season with 15 singles victories and a 7-4 mark in conference play. He is one of five athletes to be named to the second-team. His 11 victories on court two are the third most on the team at any position.
BIG TEN TOURNAMENT WIN
The Spartans got a much-needed second point in the No. 2 slot from Drew Lied, who was able to come back after falling in the first set to earn a 2-6, 7-6, 6-0 win over Stenger.
Mullane and Jadun would be the deciding factors for MSU on courts four and six. Both were able to take the first set, as Mullane topped Tom Blackwell 7-5 and Jadun defeated Andrew Dzulysky, 6-3. With a 7-5 victory in the final set over Blackwell, Mullane tied up the match at three, leaving the point at No. 6 as the deciding factor for the match.
Dzulysky was able to earn a victory in the second set over Jadun 7-5, sending the match into a third set to determine who would advance to the second round. With the pressure on, the sophomore was able to come through for the Spartans with a 6-3 victory that sealed the win
HEAD COACH Gene Orlando
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