Illinois Stomps Michigan State

The Michigan State men’s tennis team lost 6-1 to No. 11 Illinois, snapping their two-game win streak.

The Spartans (8-11, 2-4) came away with only one singles win as they continue to adjust to life without senior co-captain Aaron Pfister, who missed the game with an injury.

Gijs Linders provided the lone victory for the Spartans with a 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (8) win against Illinois’ Ross Guignon.

Linders has an 11-12 record in singles competitions and is 5-5 in his last 10 singles matches.

John Patrick Mullane lost his first Big Ten singles match of the season against No. 9 Jared Hiltzik 6-4, 5-7, 1-0(6).

Michigan State will have a chance to avenge their loss on Sunday when they travel to north to Evanston, Ill. to take on No. 37 Northwestern.

The Wildcats (13-9, 2-4) defeated the University of Michigan on Friday 6-1, advancing their record to 10-2 at home.

First serve is set for 1:00 p.m. ET.


1) #3 Kopinski/Guignon (Ill.) def. Lied/Mullane (MSU) 8-3
2) Gosea/Hiltzik (Ill.) vs. Jadun/Linders (MSU) 7-6, unfinished
3) Bazarnik/Jesse (Ill.) def. Zade/Davis (MSU) 8-4
1) #23 Gosea (Ill.) def. Lied (MSU) 6-3, 6-0
2) #9 Hiltzik (Ill.) def. Mullane (MSU) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0(6)
3) #42 Kopinski (Ill.) def. Forman (MSU) 7-5, 6-3
4) Linders (MSU) def. Guignon (Ill.) 6-7, 6-4, 1-0(8)
5) Bazarnik (Ill.) def. Jadun (MSU) 6-4, 6-4
6) Childers (Ill.) def. Davis (MSU) 7-6, 6-0

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