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.

Mullane was not done however, as he paired up with senior Harry Jadun for the doubles main draw tournament. The No. 6 seeded pair advanced to the quarterfinals defeating Youngstown State’s Remi Chancerel and Silviu Mistreanu, Strong Kirchheimer and Logan Staggs of Northwestern and Illinois’ Aron Hiltzik and Toshiki Matsuya. In the field of 16, Jadun and Mullane were unable to overcome the top-seeded pair of Ralf Steinbach and Kevin Metka from Ohio State.

Next up for the Spartans is the Big Ten Indoors which will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota Oct. 31-Nov. 3.


Singles Qualifying

Sergiu Muresan (Chicago State) def. Mac Roy (MSU) 0-6, 6-1, 6-4

Manuel Bellutti (Cleveland State) def. Michael Dube (MSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2

Louis-Philippe Hamel (N. Illinois) def. Jasper Koenen (MSU) 6-4, 6-3

Jorge Gonzalez Soler (UW-Green Bay) def. Doug Zade (MSU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

Singles Main Draw 1st Round

Herkko Pollanen (Ohio St) def. Harry Jadun (MSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Brett Forman (MSU) def. Frederic Cadieux (N. Illinois) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1

Gijs Linders (MSU) def. Michael Sinha (Wisconsin) 6-2, 6-3

John Patrick Mullane (MSU) def. Jorge Gonzalez Soler (UW-Green Bay) 6-1, 6-1

Singles Main Draw 2nd Round

Josh Hagar (Notre Dame) def. Brett Forman (MSU) 6-3, 7-6

Gijs Linders (MSU) def. Tim Kopinski (Illinois) 6-3, 4-6, 7-6

John Patrick Mullane (MSU) def. Matt Mendez (Ohio St) 7-6 (3), 6-3

Singles Main Draw 3rd Round

Mikael Torpegaard (Ohio St) def. Gijs Linders (MSU) 6-2, 6-1

John Patrick Mullane (MSU) def. Eddy Covalschi (Notre Dame) 6-0, 6-3

Singles Main Draw Quarterfinals

Aron Hiltzik (Illinois) def. John Patrick Mullane (MSU) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles Main Draw 1st Round

Jadun/Mullane (MSU) def. Chancerel/El Mekawi (Youngstown St) 8-3

Dawson/Schnurrenberger (Notre Dame) def. Kim/Zade (MSU) 8-3

Dube/Roy (MSU) def. Leto/Tebon (Wisconsin) 8-5

Galoustian/de Veer (DePaul) def. Forman/Linders (MSU) 8-6

Doubles Main Draw 2nd Round

Jadun/Mullane (MSU) def. Kirchheimer/Staggs (Northwestern) 8-3

Dube/Roy (MSU) def. Hiltzik/Kopinski (Illinois) 8-6

Doubles Main Draw 3rd Round

Jadun/Mullane (MSU) def. Hiltzik/Matsuya (Illinois) 8-6

Covalschi/Hagar (Notre Dame) def. Dube/Roy (MSU) 8-7 (5)

Doubles Main Draw Quarterfinals

Steinbach/Metka (Ohio St) def. Jadun/Mullane (MSU) 8-7 (6)

Zach Fanko is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports

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