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.

The men’s team dropped their first match to the Duke Blue Devils, 7-0, and then lost to North Carolina State, 4-1. However, they ended the road trip with a dominant win over North Carolina A&T, sweeping them 7-0.

The star on the men’s side was Harry Jadun, who defeated No. 39 ranked Nick Horton in two sets. Horton plays on the No. 27 nationally ranked North Carolina State team. Jadun also won his doubles match with John Mullane, by taking out North Carolina State’s No. 19 nationally ranked pair, with a 6-3 set win.

Aside from those two wins, North Carolina State had Michigan State silent. But the Spartans rolled against North Carolina A&T with wins all around.

For the women, they beat Eastern Michigan, 5-2, and romped on Oakland University, 7-0. In eight of the nine total matches from the Oakland game, the Spartans only allowed 16 game points.

It will now be the women’s tennis team’s turn for a road trip, as they travel out west to take on California on Sunday at 1 p.m. They also take on St. Mary’s and Fresno State in Berkeley, California, with a time still to be determined.

The men look to bounce back in Athens, Georgia this Friday at 1 p.m. against the Georgia Bulldogs, and then face Utah and Elon in Athens as well.

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Stay tuned to the tennis and Match Point sections on MSU Impact Sports for more coverage from head coach Gene Orlando this week.

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Alex Scharg is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports.

Photo: Anthony Serafino/Impact Sports