NCAA Mens Tennis

Baris and Sheldon Fall in NCAA Doubles Round of 16

Baris and Sheldon Fall in NCAA Doubles Round of 16

ORLANDO, Fla. – Michigan State men’s tennis’ Ozan Baris and Max Sheldon’s run in the NCAA Doubles Championship came to an end Thursday afternoon in Orlando, falling to Georgia Tech’s 30th-ranked Andres Martin and Marcus McDaniel, 7-6(0), 6-4, in the Round of 16.

The match featured two back-and-forth sets with multiple lead changes. The 10th-ranked Spartan duo had a chance to force an additional game in the second set, but were unable to close out the deciding point. 

Thursday’s match marked the end of a stellar season for Baris and Sheldon, who post a final spring record of 8-3, including a 6-2 record against nationally-ranked doubles teams. The pair earned a spot in the ITA Doubles Rankings for 13-straight weeks and reached a season-high at No. 6 on two occassions.

Both underclassmen, Baris and Sheldon were recognized as First-Team All-Big Ten honroees, while Baris was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, the first Spartan to earn the award since 1993.

Michigan State returns seven of its nine players from the 2023 roster and welcomes two nationally-ranked transfers for the 2024 season. 

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