Spartans Tennis Prepares for Big Test

The Michigan State (6-9, 0-2) men’s tennis team will try and keep their home undefeated streak alive Sunday against No. 2 Ohio State.

The Spartans lost a heartbreaker Friday to Penn State, 4-3.

Ohio State (18-2, 3-0) is ranked No. 2 in the country, but they have lost their last two road games. The Buckeyes defeated Michigan in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, 6-1.

Michigan State lost last year in Columbus, 6-1, a sophomore at the time, Harry Jadun, provided the lone point.

The Spartans will come into this year’s matchup with a new weapon in freshman Brett Forman, who leads the Spartans with 15 wins in singles competition.

Ohio State has three players with at least 19 overall wins in singles competition: Kevin MetkaHunter Callahan and Peter Kobelt.

Ohio State’s doubles teams of Metka and Kobelt are 25-6 in doubles competition and have won eight of their last ten matches.

MSU’s Jadun and Gijs Linders are 9-9 overall in doubles competition.

Ohio State sits atop the Big Ten with a 3-0 record while the Spartans are 0-2 and at the bottom of the conference, but nine conference games still remain for the Spartans.

First serve is set for noon.

Troy Jefferson is host of Match Point for Impact Sports.

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