April 14, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The University of Iowa men’s tennis team, facing a nationally ranked Big Ten team for the sixth consecutive match, fell short against No. 69 Michigan State on Saturday. The Spartans (15-10, 4-5) topped Iowa (1-18, 0-8), 6-1.
“Michigan State is the surprise team of the Big Ten this season, and they proved that today,” said head coach Steve Houghton. “Garret (Dunn) had a good singles win against a solid player, and he has continued to play very well for us.”
Junior Garret Dunn won his second straight Big Ten singles match with a three-set decision over Michigan State’s Drew Lied. Dunn won the No. 4 singles match 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Dunn has eight dual singles victories this season, leading the team in wins.
Freshman Matt Hagan played a tough No. 1 singles match against defending Big Ten Indoor Singles champion Aaron Pfister. Hagan forced extra games in the first set, but Pfister would win the match 7-6 (4), 6-4.
The Spartans swept doubles play to take a 1-0 lead, and went on to win five singles matches to secure the victory.
The Hawkeyes will face No. 22 Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday at noon (CT).
No. 69 Michigan State 6, Iowa 1
1. Aaron Pfister/Drew Lied (MSU) def. Michael Swank/Garret Dunn (Iowa) 8-4
2. Austin Brooks/Harry Jadun (MSU) def. Matt Hagan/Jonas Dierckx (Iowa) 8-4
3. Gijs Linders/Denis Bogatov (MSU) def. Will Vasos/Tom Mroziewicz (Iowa) 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1. Aaron Pfister (MSU) def. Matt Hagan (Iowa) 7-6 (4), 6-4
2. Denis Bogatov (MSU) def. Will Vasos (Iowa) 6-2, 6-3
3. Ronnie Hulewicz (MSU) def. Jonas Dierckx (Iowa) 6-3, 6-4
4. Garret Dunn (Iowa) def. Drew Lied (MSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
5. Austin Brooks (MSU) def. Tom Mroziewicz (Iowa) 6-3, 6-3
6. Gijs Linders (MSU) def. Chase Tomlins (Iowa) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 5, 2, 1, 3, 4