Aug 14, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Michigan State rising senior Drew Lied upset top-seeded Chris Diaz of Ohio State to win the men's singles draw at the ITA/USTA National Summer Championships Tuesday. With the victory, Lied receives an automatic bid into the main draw of the 2013 ITA Men's All-American Championships, held in Tulsa, Okla., beginning Sept. 28.
"This is a great tournament run for Drew," said Michigan State men's tennis head coach Gene Orlando. "The tournament was loaded with so many quality players all vying for the wild card to the main draw of the All-American Championships. It's great to see his hard work pay off and earn this opportunity to represent Michigan State and our Spartan tennis program in this prestigious tournament."
Lied, a native of Brookfield, Wis., won six matches to advance to the championship match, including victories over Joseph Van Meter of Cleveland State, Ron Mercer (unattached), Andrew Goodwin of Alabama, Justin Rossi of Michigan, Austin Powell of North Carolina State, Dimitrije Tasic of Indiana.
In the championship match, Lied raced out to an early 4-1 lead in the first set, but Diaz won four straight games to take a 5-4 advantage. Lied bounced back to take the first set, 7-5, then held Diaz off in the second set, 6-3, to win the tournament.
Lied earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2013 and was named the Stan Drobac Most Improved Player on the Spartans. He posted 16 singles victories, including 12 in the spring dual season.