May 18, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team announced its year-end awards, as selected by the members of the team and coaching staff. The Spartans tied for the most wins in program history with an 18-11 overall record, while posting their winningest Big Ten conference record at 7-6.
For the second-straight year, sophomore Aaron Pfister was tabbed with the team's MVP award. On the year, Pfister boasted an impressive team-best 27-7 overall record. The sophomore led the team throughout both the fall and spring seasons, including winning the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Individual championship in the fall. After battling back from an injury in the off season, Pfister was the main player in the number one singles spot in the spring, with an overall 14-6 record. The Grand Blanc, Mich. native was named a First-Team All-Big Ten conference selection and earned the Big Ten Men's Tennis Player of the Week honor in November 2011.
"Aaron had a sensational Sophomore season beginning with winning the 2011 Big Ten Indoors in the fall finishing with a 27-7 overall record and earning First team Big ten honors this Spring," said head coach Gene Orlando.
Receiving the team's Most Improved Player award was freshman Doug Zade. Zade entered the season as a walk on and steadily improved throughout the year to earn himself a spot in the starting doubles lineup. On the year, Zade posted a 6-2 overall record in singles, including two wins in the dual lineup at the five and six spot. The Grosse Pointe Shores, Mich. native also worked his way into a main spot of the doubles lineup, pairing with Denis Bogatov in the three spot toward the remainder of the dual spring matchups.
"Doug joined the team as a recruited walk on this past fall," said Orlando. "He made great strides with his game earning four Big Ten starts playing doubles this spring."
Earning the team's Spartan Spirit award was freshman Harry Jadun. The East Lansing, Mich. native posted a 9-5 overall singles record. Jadun spent the majority of his time in a starting spot in doubles at the number two spot with partner Austin Brooks. During the dual season Brooks and Jadun notched an 11-8 record.
"Harry earned the nick name "Yard Dog" from Assistant Coach Matt Roberts and it stuck because of his persistence and determination to will his teammates through tough matches," said Orlando.
The team's success on the court this season was also matched in the classroom. For the fifth-straight year and a record eighth time the team was honored with the Athletic Director's Award for achieving the highest team cumulative GPA after the fall 2011 semester. The team holds a 3.364 overall GPA.