MSU Men’s Tennis

Men’s Tennis Looks Forward to Big Ten Matches after Splitting Weekend

The stakes were high in East Lansing on Saturday.

“There were all kinds of stuff going on — I had a nosebleed,” Gjis Linders said.

The indoor air hit Linders in the heart of the men’s tennis season — cold weather, end of the out-of-conference schedule and the Big Ten season beginning right around the corner. It was also another good opportunity for Michigan State to knock off a top 50 team to improve its potential NCAA tournament bid. Read More…

“Dog Days” for Men’s Tennis

Big goals from last weekend turned into question marks, as the Spartans had a rude awakening on Saturday against in-state rival, Western Michigan.

“It was a perfect storm of events that just didn’t go our way,” explained senior tennis player Harry Jadun. “They’re a tough team and those guys came to play.”

The match against Western Michigan had all of the ingredients for a win. The Spartans started off by winning its doubles point and had early momentum, but junior John Patrick Mullane endured soreness in his shoulder during the day. He still played his full doubles match with a sore shoulder and also his singles match, but ended up losing 6-3, 6-3. Read More…

Electric Crowd Witnesses Tennis Heartbreaker

“Wow, I’ve never played in front of this many people. These fans are so behind you.”

Freshman tennis player Jasper Koenen was amazed by the 180 plus spectators packed in the MSU Indoor tennis facility on Thursday afternoon, as the MSU men’s tennis team took on the University of Memphis, who are ranked No. 21 in the country.

The stakes were big, it was the third home match of the season and over 1000 people were invited on a Facebook event; it had all the characteristics of an enticing match. However, the Spartans could not hang on in the end and dropped a close match to Memphis, 5-2. Read More…

Riding Win Streak, Men’s Tennis Faces a Familiar Foe

Last week, the Spartan men’s tennis team were injury ridden and anticipating the challenging, chippy teams of Ball State and Eastern Illinois.

“Playing on the road is never easy and Ball State has been a competitive team for as long as I know,” said head coach Gene Orlando last week. “They won the conference tournament in the MAC, which has some quality teams.”

Ball State is Orlando’s alma mater. And last year, Michigan State had a scare by only winning the meet, 4-3. But the men dominated both Ball State and Eastern Illinois last weekend, 7-0, and now have five-straight victories. Read More…

Win over Detroit Clinches Weekend Sweep for Men’s Tennis

The men kept the victory balls rolling, as they won their second match of the weekend against Detroit Mercy, 7-0, in a double-header on Saturday.

In doubles, Jasper Koenen and Doug Zade finished doubles first in quick work, 6-0.

Sophomore Mac Roy, who sat out doubles earlier in the day against Toledo due to sickness and fatigue, returned to doubles against Detroit. Read More…

Jadun, Orlando Look for Urgency to Continue in Home Opener

Tomorrow is the 2015 home opener for No. 59 Michigan State men’s tennis, as they take on University of Toledo and University of Detroit — both who do not crack the Top 75 rankings.

But the lower rankings does not mean it will be an easy task, according to head coach Gene Orlando.

“These teams may not have the rankings like a Duke or a Georgia, but this weekend for these two teams is a championship weekend,” Orlando said. “It’s Superbowl weekend and this is kind of like their Superbowl…everyone wants the success that we’ve had and it’s a measure mark for them.” Read More…

Men’s Tennis with Big Win in Athens

For its third year, Michigan State men’s tennis traveled to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association tournament and the team did not disappoint.

There were 60 teams nationally broken up into 15 regions and the Spartans played in Athens, Georgia in a four-team regional. Michigan State had a tough first-round task against host team Georgia, who are ranked No. 8 nationally with highly-ranked doubles and singles players. Read More…

Men’s Tennis Struggles on Road, Women Win Both Matches

It was a flurry of matches over the weekend for Michigan State tennis, as the men’s and women’s teams both kicked off the 2015 season against tough opponents.

But only the women were able to survive the storm, albeit at home. Read More…

Orlando: “Sharper as they have ever been coming back”

Time off during the holiday break will not affect Michigan State men’s tennis this weekend, according to Michigan State head tennis coach, Gene Orlando.

“Everyone is super excited to start off the season with the opportunity to play some great teams, get tested early and show who we are as a team,” Orlando said. “We’re confident and we know that we can play at this level.”

That level, is playing the Duke Blue Devils, who are nationally a high-ranked team. Duke is ranked No 12 nationally and third in the ACC, while boasting one of the best freshman singles players in the country, Nicolas Alvarez. Read More…

Mullane Advances to Quarterfinals of ITA Midwest Regionals

It was an exciting weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regional Championships were held. The Michigan State men’s tennis team had a successful weekend, advancing to the quarterfinals in both the singles and doubles main draw tournaments.

During the singles portion of the tournament, the Spartans had four participants, including junior John Patrick Mullane, who began play as the No. 8 seed in the 64-player field. Mullane defeated Jorge Gonzalez Soler of UW-Green Bay, Matt Mendez of Ohio State and Eddy Covalschi of Notre Dame before bowing out against No. 13 seed Aron Hiltzik of Illinois in the quarterfinals. Read More…

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