NCAA Mens Tennis

Spartans Notch Pair of Ranked Wins in Narrow Loss at No. 24 Auburn


AUBURN, Ala. – Michigan State men’s tennis fell to No. 24 Auburn, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn, Ala. Despite the loss, the Spartans recorded impressive victories at the top singles and doubles positions. 

Auburn moves to 1-0 (0-0 SEC) on the season with the win, while the Spartans drop to 0-2 (0-0 B1G). 

Freshman Ozan Baris and sophomore Max Sheldon notched their second-straight win at No. 1 doubles with a dominant 6-1 victory over Auburn’s Finn Murgett and Raul Dobai. Murgett, a 2022 All-American in doubles, advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2022 with then-senior Tad Maclean. The win moved the pair to 2-0 this season, following a top-30 win at Middle Tennessee on Jan. 13. The Tigers earned the doubles point with wins at the remaining positions – Jan Galka and Billy Blaydes defeated Reed Crocker and David Saye at No. 2 (6-3) and Tyler Stice and Alejandro Moreno topped Graydon Lair and Kazuki Matsuno at No. 3 (6-0). 

The Spartans tallied three wins in singles, each player recording their first singles win of the season. MSU claimed victories over both of Auburn’s nationally-ranked players. 

Baris, currently ranked at No. 26, picked up his first ranked singles win of the spring season with a 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 66 Tyler Stice at the No. 1 position. Sheldon, playing at the No. 2 position, knocked off No. 110 Will Nolan in a hard-fought three-set match. Trailing 3-6 after the first set, Sheldon tied up the…

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