March 29, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — For the second consecutive match the No. 54 University of Iowa men’s tennis team (10-5) were in a battle at the Hawkeye Tennis Recreation Complex. The Hawkeyes fought hard but ultimately fell 4-3 to Michigan State.
With the match tied at 3-3, it came down to a winner-take-all match at No. 2 singles between junior Dominic Patrick and Michigan State’s Brett Forman. Patrick fell in a closely contested first set 7-6. He rallied back with a 6-2 win in the second to push the match to three sets. Into the third set, Forman jumped out to a 4-1 lead before Patrick pulled to within 4-3, but dropped the last two games and fell by the score of 6-3.
“They had a senior at one singles, two singles and five singles, that’s where they beat us. Those were tough matches. They played well and they had their players with experience who have been in the NCAA tournament. Those players were able to come through for them today, congratulations to them,” said UI head coach Ross Wilson.
Wilson elected to play Stieg Martens and Lefertis Theodorou together at the No. 1 doubles position for the second straight match. The duo faced a tough test in Michigan State’s 17th-ranked John Patrick Mullane/Harry Jadun. Mullane/Jadun outlasted the freshmen, winning 8-3.
Patrick and Josh Silverstein gave the Hawkeyes their first win of the morning, registering a 8-3 win over Doug Zade and Jasper Koenen. Matt Hagan and Jake Jacoby faced Gijs Linders and Forman at No. 2 doubles. Hagan/Jacoby sealed the doubles point for the Hawkeyes with an 8-6 decision over Linders/Forman.
In singles, Andres Estenssoro, playing at the No. 6 position, fell in straight sets to Michael Dube. With the match split 1-1, Silverstein brought Iowa ahead with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Mac Roy. At the No. 5 position, Jacoby was beaten by Mullane, 6-4, 6-3.
After a straight set sweep of Jadun 7-6, 6-3, Theodorou brought Iowa back into the lead 3-2. At No. 1 singles, No. 96 Hagan looked to clinch the match for his team. After registering a 6-4 first set win the senior could not hold on falling in three sets to Linders.
Next on Iowa’s schedule is a trip to West Lafayette, Indiana, for a match against Purdue on April 3 at 3 p.m. (CT).
Michigan State 4, No. 54 Iowa 3
1. Gijs Linders (MSU) def. No. 96 Matt Hagan (UI): 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. Brett Forman (MSU) def. Dominic Patrick (UI): 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
3. Lefteris Theodorou (UI) def. Harry Jadun (MSU): 7-6, 6-3
4. Josh Silverstein (UI) def. Mac Roy (MSU): 6-3, 6-3
5. John Patrick Mullane (MSU) def. Jake Jacoby (UI): 6-4, 6-3
6. Michael Dube (MSU) def. Andres Estenssoro (UI): 6-4, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6,4,5,3,1,2
1. No. 17 Mullan/Jadun (MSU) def. Martens/Theodorou (UI): 8-3
2. Hagan/Jacoby (UI) def. Linders/Forman (MSU): 8-6
3. Patrick/Silverstein (UI) def. Zade/Koenen: 8-3
Order of Finish: 1,3,2