NCAA Mens Tennis

Spartans Stunned in Big Ten Tournament Semifinal, Falling 3-4 to Michigan

NCAA Tournament Regional Rounds

EVANSTON, Ill. – MSU Men’s Tennis dropped a four-hour thriller in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals Saturday, seeing a 3-1 lead erased by second-seeded Michigan to fall by a final score of 3-4.
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The 19th-ranked Spartans turn their attention to the NCAA Tournament, with the Regional first rounds taking place on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4. The selection show announcing the tournament’s field of 64 teams will begin at 6 p.m. ET and will be streamed live and for free on NCAA.com.
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Match Recap
For the second time in as many days, the Spartans were the first on the board, winning the doubles point. The undefeated pairing of Big Ten first-teamers freshman Aristotelis Thanos and sophomore Ozan Baris claimed victory at the top spot over Michigan’s 17th-ranked top doubles team, 6-2. The team of grad Ronald Hohmann III and Taym Alazmeh finished 6-4 to clinch the first point of the day.
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Hohmann kept the momentum going into singles play, doubling MSU’s lead with his first win in four matches, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 singles.
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After the Wolverines cut the lead back to one at No. 2 doubles, Baris answered back as the national No. 9 topped Michigan’s No. 19 Gavin Young on main court, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2. The B1G Player of the Year’s win put MSU’s lead at 3-1, only needing one of the remaining three matches.
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The Wolverines bounced back again claiming another point in a three-sets, three-tiebreak thriller in the fourth slot. Collard was down in both the second and third sets, 2-5, but came back twice and took a 6-3 match point lead in the third set tiebreaker. Michigan’s Patorn…

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