For the Michigan State men’s tennis team, winning at home has become a recurring theme this season. The Spartans defeated No. 59 Indiana, 6-1, en route to their fourth consecutive home win.
“I don’t know, maybe it’s the fans, we get it done at home,” junior Harry Jadun said.
MSU got off to a hot start sweeping the doubles point. The Spartans are 11-1 on the season when winning the doubles point.
The Spartans also breezed through singles competition, winning five of the six singles matches.
Senior Aaron Pfister was the only Spartan to go down, but his teammates were right there to pick him up.
Jadun clinched the match for the Spartans on court six, winning 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 against Indiana’s Chris Essick, who Jadun said he has known since juniors’ competition.
“My opponent came out firing, but I knew if I weathered the storm I would be in good shape,” Jadun said. “Just picked my game up in the second and third sets.”
Jadun and company will try to keep the good vibes going on Thursday when the Big Ten tournament begins.
MSU will open play as an eight seed Thursday at 10 a.m. on the outdoor tennis courts against ninth seeded Nebraska.
The Spartans defeated Nebraska on March 28, 4-3. The winner of this game will play the number one ranked team in the nation, Ohio State.
RESULTS Doubles: 1) Lied/Mullane (MSU) def. #59 Bednarczyk/Monette (IU) 8-6 2) Jadun/Linders (MSU) def. Lalic/Tasic (IU) 8-4 3) Pfister/Forman (MSU) vs. Essick/Lugonjic (IU) 7-6, unfinished Singles: 1) Lied (MSU) def. #104 Monette (IU) 6-4, 7-6(5) 2) Mullane (MSU) def. Lalic (IU) 6-4, 6-2 3) Bednarczyk (IU) def. Pfister (MSU) 6-4, 6-4 4) Forman (MSU) def. Tasic (IU) 6-4, 7-6(7) 5) Linders (MSU) def. Yee (IU) 6-2, 6-0 6) Jadun (MSU) def. Essick (IU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
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