Spartans To Compete at Bobby Bayliss Invitational
Four freshmen to compete for the first time in the Green and White.
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State men's tennis continues its fall schedule by traveling to Notre Dame for the Bobby Bayliss Invitational from Friday, Oct. 6 to Sunday, Oct. 8 at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The Spartans make their first appearance at the event since 2013.
The weekend's invitational will feature three singles flights (Rockne, Leahy, Parseghian) and two doubles flights (Holtz and Kelly). Players may advance to a higher flight if they achieve success in their original flight. Play will begin at 9 a.m. Friday.
Teams in attendance are Indiana, Iowa, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan, Western Michigan, Louisville, Northwestern and host Notre Dame.
"The fall season is a time for us to see where our players are, and have the opportunity to compete against other teams. We will use the results to start shaping our line-up," Michigan State head coach Gene Orlando said. "I know all the guys are excited to compete against players other than ourselves. We've been together for four weeks sparring with one another, so we're excited to play some other teams and see how we do. That's true competition. The guys have all played well, but it's different when it comes down to game day, and I'm looking forward to seeing it all come together for them."
LAST TIME OUT
- Seniors Mike Dube and Brett Forman made an appearance at ITA All-American Championships, marking the first time since 2013 that the Spartans were represented at the event.
- After a bye in the first round of the pre-qualifying draw, Dube went 1-1 in singles matches.
- Forman went straight to the qualifying draw, but lost his first match.
- Highlighting the appearance, Forman defeated No. 92 Dodridge from Wisconsin, earning his first ranked victory of the season.
- Four Spartan freshmen will compete in their first collegiate matches this weekend.
- In doubles play, the freshmen will be paired with the juniors. (Winkler and Kim, Carlin and Harvey, Wong and Rakic, Mukherjee and Shisler)
- In 2013, the Spartans finished with a 10-13 singles record and a 2-2 doubles record, good for a 12-15 overall record.
- Senior Aaron Pfister earned a 3-1 singles record and was undefeated in doubles paired with junior Doug Zade, 2-0.
- Doubles matches were canceled on the last day of competition due to rain.
Following the Bobby Bayliss Invitational, the Spartans will take a week off before traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for ITA Midwest Regionals.