EAST LANSING, Mich. –Michigan State Men’s Tennis fell 4-3 on Sunday in a close game against Nebraska, taking on the Huskers at East Lansing for MSU’s second game of the Big Ten’s opening weekend.
The Spartans move to a 13-7 record with an 0-2 mark in conference play. The Huskers are now 5-12, 1-1 in the Big Ten, having lost to No. 5 Michigan on March 25 before facing MSU.
“It was a competitive game, and unfortunately it didn’t go our way,” the head coach said. Gene Orlando commented. “I thought we came into this game with a good frame of mind. Nebraska really pushed us, and kudos to them for coming out with the win on the road. We had some great wins in three singles matches, but if we’re going to retire with the win, we need to collect a few more points. It’s time to regroup, bounce back and continue our process.
Nebraska won 1-0 with its double point victory. At number 1 in doubles, the duo of Jarreau Campbell and Kazuki Matsuno fought hard with their Husker opponents, but fell 6-3. Doubles match #2 was won by Dario Huber and Shunya Maruyama against MSU Nick Williams and Max Sheldon, 6-1. The match at No. 3 remained unfinished with Graydon’s Lair and jack winker leading 5-3.
Both teams then moved into singles action, with Nebraska winning singles matches #3, #4, and #5 to take a 4-0 lead and claim the match. The Spartans played the remainder of singles matches Nos. 1, 2 and 6, collecting three points for the final score of 4-3. On the second court, freshman Max Sheldon won its first set 6-1, allowing only one point to Nebraska’s Calvin Mueller. The match went into a third-round tiebreaker after Mueller evened things up with a 6-4 win in the second set. Sheldon prevailed in the third-set tiebreaker, walking away with a 6-1 win. The freshman Spartan improved to 17-8 this season in singles play.
At No. 1 singles, jack winker struggled from a 4-6 deficit in the first set to win 6-2 in the second against Dario Huber, forcing another deciding set. The pair played to a ten-point tiebreaker, with the score remaining tied through back and forths before Winkler could pull away for the 14-12 win in a long set win. Winkler went 2-0 this weekend for first place in singles and improved to 11-11 overall in singles.
Nick Williams battled with William Gleason on the No. 6 court. The elder took a 7-5 win in his opening set but also found himself in tiebreaker territory as Nebraska’s Gleason won the second set, 6-4. In a ten-point tiebreaker, Williams took the win by a 10-8 margin.
The Spartans are on the road next weekend for a pair of Big Ten games in Illinois. Beginning Friday, April 1, Michigan will face Northwestern at 6 p.m. They will conclude the weekend with a game against Illinois on Sunday at noon.