Men's Tennis Heads to ITA Midwest Regional Championships
Spartans send five to singles main draw
Oct. 16, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team will continue its fall tournament schedule as it heads to Columbus, Ohio, to compete in the ITA Midwest Regional Championships hosted by Ohio State University. The five-day, single-elimination tournament begins Thursday with singles qualifying play. Play will be held at the Varsity Tennis Center and the Racquet Club of Columbus Oct. 17-21.
MSU sends five players to the singles main draw, four to the singles qualifying, and five doubles tandems to the doubles main draw.
"The ITA Regionals are one of the premier tournaments of the fall for us," head coach Gene Orlando said. "It's an opportunity to see all the best players in the Midwest and see how we measure up. We've put this tournament as a date we want to be ready to play our best."
In all, 21 teams from around the Midwest will be competing. Notable non-conference teams participating include DePaul, Notre Dame, and Marquette. Big Ten participants include Illinois, Michigan, Northwestern, Wisconsin, and host Ohio State. Additionally, 10 nationally ranked singles players will be participating with their respective schools.
Singles qualifying will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday with juniors Harry Jadun and Doug Zade, as well as freshman Mac Roy and senior Will Davis competing. Jadun is slated to take on IPFW's Andres Cobos in the first round. Zade will take on Eric Honert of Valparaiso in his first-round matchup. Roy will play Illinois-Chicago's Maurizio Feoli. Davis will face Daniel Kang of IPFW.
Singles main draw will begin Friday at 12:15 p.m. MSU will have five players in the main draw.
Sophomore John Patrick Mullane will play Northern Illinois' Axel Lagerlof in the first round. Mullane, who advanced to the second round in the ITA All-American Championships singles qualifying draw Sept. 29, has a 1-1 singles record for the fall. Freshman Brett Forman is matched up with Notre Dame's Josh Hagar in the first round. Forman has a 2-2 singles record for the fall, and one of those losses came to Hagar at the Bobby Bayliss Invitational on Oct. 5 -- 6-0, 6-2.
Senior Aaron Pfister will play Andrew Cahn of Western Michigan in the first round. Pfister was named to the Bobby Bayliss All-Tournament Team for his 3-1 singles record during the Oct. 4-6 tournament. Pfister also lost in the first round of singles main qualifying at the ITA All-American Championships. Junior Gijs Linders will play a qualifier for his first-round match. Linders has a 1-1 fall singles record and lost in the first round of singles qualifying at the ITA All-American.
Senior Drew Lied will play Alex Lawson of Notre Dame in the first round. Lied has a 1-1 fall singles record and lost in the first round of the singles main draw at the ITA All-American.
Doubles play begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The team of Linders and Pfister will take on Detroit's Jay Joshy and Chance Conley. Lied and Mullane will play DePaul's Sten Leusink and Adam Reinhart. Sophomore Paul Heeder and Zade will play Wisconsin-Green Bay's Michael Tenzer and Howard Scott. Forman and Jadun will face Western Michigan's Ruben Greiner and Michael Treis. Roy and Davis will play Jovan Zeljkovic and Matt Lynch of Northern Illinois.
For results of each day's action, please visit www.msuspartans.com.