EAST LANSING, MICH. – For the first time since 2011 the Spartans have logged eight wins to start the season after defeating Middle Tennessee State and Bellarmine, both 5-2 Sunday, going 4-0 on the home weekend.
In another double header Friday afternoon, 19th ranked MSU beat Ball State 4-0 and Boise State 5-2. The Spartans were without freshman Aristotelis Thanos for the weekend, who was representing his home nation Greece against Romania in the Davis Cup, where he earned a win over the world’s No. 265 player Nicholas David Ionel.
“It’s really exciting to see the guys win four games across the weekend, especially against some tougher opponents,” Head Coach Harry Jadun said. “That Middle Tennessee team is a top-25 team and for us to pick up that win especially down Aris Thanos and guys are banged up, I think it speaks to the toughness and resilience for our team.”
Michigan State will be back in action Friday, Feb. 9 at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center as they take on Clemson at 6 p.m..
Experienced Spartans Hold Off Bellarmine
Despite a strong showing from the Knights in singles, the Spartan veterans boosted them to their fourth win in as many games on the weekend, going perfect through the double headers Friday and Sunday.
The Spartans swept in doubles, as grads Graydon Lair and Sebastien Collard won 6-2 at No. 1 singles and Luke Baylis combined with Josh Portnoy at No. 3 doubles. Senior Reed Crocker and junior Max Sheldon were up 5-3 when MSU earned the doubles point, marking the match unfinished.
The 59th ranked Sheldon improved to 6-0 on the season in singles as he won handily, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2…