EAST LANSING, MICH. – The nation’s 19th ranked Spartans will play host to a double header against Ball State and Boise State on Friday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively in the MSU Indoor Tennis Center.
The Spartans will start a six-match homestand that includes another double header Sunday against a talented Middle Tennessee State team and Bellarmine.
MSU will be without freshman Aristotelis Thanos who after snagging two decisive wins Sunday against UC Santa Barbara Sunday, departed for his homeland Greece for the Davis Cup, known as the World Cup of tennis, where he will represent his native nation alongside the likes of World No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas on Feb. 3-4.
Scouting Ball State
Ball State will enter the matchup 3-2, most recently falling at Indiana on Wednesday, 0-4. Longtime Spartans head coach of 31 seasons from 1992-2022, Gene Orlando, returns to East Lansing as a Volunteer Assistant on the Cardinals staff with his son, Vince, a graduate student on the team.
Series History vs. Ball State
Michigan State leads Ball State with a 22-10 record all-time, 13-3 at home. The Spartans have won 16 straight against the Cardinals, dating back to the 2006-07 season.
Scouting Boise State
The Broncos are 3-1 on the season going into the night cap match. Last weekend at the ITA Kickoff Weekend Indoor Nationals regional Boise State knocked off Oregon, 4-3, but fell to national No. 1 Ohio State 0-4.
Boise State has one representation on both the ITA singles and doubles rankings. In singles, senior Sam Sippel is ranked 40th while the pairing of Jan Luca Marquardt and Kyvan Rietkerk are ranked No. 54 in doubles.
Series History vs. Boise State
The Spartans are 1-3 all-time against Boise State. The last time the two sides met, Michigan State was victorious 5-2 in what has been the only other meeting of the two teams in East Lansing.
Seven Spartans remain undefeated in singles play and of the seven doubles teams that have notched wins, five are also yet to drop a set.
Sebastien Collard leads the way for the deep MSU lineup, 4-0 in singles in his first season in the Green and White with a hand in a pair of wins in doubles so far in the campaign. The other grad transfer, Ronald Hohmann III, moved to 3-0 in doubles play.
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