EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State men’s tennis team defeated Western Michigan, 4-2, Friday evening at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center.
With the Spartans clinging to a 3-2 lead, junior Luke Baylis clinched the dual for the Spartans at No. 3 singles, rallying to beat Peter Kuszynski, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3).
“It says a lot about the team’s toughness, especially to be in the same situation (as Monday at No. 37 Notre Dame in a close loss) when you’re in control of the match, and Western made a huge push at the end,” said MSU men’s tennis head coach Harry Jadun. “For Luke to close it out, and for Anthony (Pero), who was the last one off the court on Monday against Notre Dame, for him to get that bad taste out of his mouth, really shows how tough they are and their ability to bounce back. I think we’re starting to see with our team that anyone can win on any court on any given day, which is a good feeling. We have to keep building on that.”
Western Michigan (4-6) opened the dual by taking the doubles point, but the Spartans bounced back, winning the first three singles matches to take a 3-1 advantage. Graydon Lair took care of Fynn Lohse at No. 5 singles, 6-3, 6-2, while Anthony Pero beat Arjun Honnappa at No. 4, 6-4, 6-3. On the second court, Max Sheldon also won in straight sets, topping Anton Arzhankin, 6-2, 6-4.
The Broncos chipped into the Spartan margin after Brogan Pierce edged David Saye in No. 6 singles, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
The match between No. 52 Ozan Baris and Benjamin George on the top court went unfinished as each player took one set before Baylis sealed the win for the Spartans.
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