Michigan State head men’s tennis coach Gene Orlando announced his retirement on Saturday. The winningest coach in program history with 361 victories, Orlando just completed his 31st season at the helm of the Spartans and was the longest tenured men’s tennis coach in the Big Ten Conference.
Michigan State men’s tennis kicked off the Big Ten Tournament with a thrilling comeback win over Purdue on Thursday afternoon. The Spartans came back from a 3-1 deficit to win three straight singles matches in tiebreak fashion over the Boilermakers, earning a 4-3 victory inside the Nielsen Tennis Center.
The No. 13-seed Michigan State women’s tennis team nearly pulled out the victory at multiple points Wednesday afternoon, but could not finish off 12th-seeded Iowa in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament, as the host Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans, 4-3, at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.
Michigan State men’s tennis put up a fight in the team’s final regular-season match, eventually falling 6-1 to nationally-ranked rival Michigan. The Spartans battled it out with the Wolverines picking up one point in singles action on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor.
The Michigan State women’s tennis team was able to play its first match of the season at the MSU Outdoor Courts on Saturday, but No. 39 Northwestern wound up winning a 4-0 contest over the Spartans on a warm and sunny afternoon in East Lansing, Mich.
Michigan State men’s tennis lost a tough match to Purdue on Sunday, April 10, falling by a 5-2 margin to the visiting Boilermakers. Today’s match also served as a Senior Day celebration for MSU’s trio of graduates, Carson Gates, Josh Mukherjee and Jack Winkler.
The Michigan State women’s tennis team returns home after a four-match stretch on the road to host rival Michigan in a Big Ten contest on Saturday, April 9. A 3 p.m. start will see the two sides square off at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center, as the Spartans are set to play four of their final regular-season matches in East Lansing. Slated No. 75 in this week’s ITA rankings, MSU enters the weekend at 9-8 overall and 1-5 in the conference, while the Wolverines’ 11-5 mark has helped them earn the No. 22 team ranking from the ITA and 18th in the latest USTA Top-25 poll.
In the first of two matches on Friday, the Michigan State men’s tennis team beat Xavier, 6-1, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. After dropping the doubles point, the Spartans (12-5) stormed back to take all six singles matches over the Musketeers, including five in straight sets.
Michigan State women’s tennis closes out a three-match homestand with a Big Ten showdown against Purdue on Saturday, March 19 at noon at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center. The Spartans are 9-3 overall and 1-0 in league contests after a 5-2 road win at Indiana on March 13.
Michigan State men’s tennis got back to its winning ways on Sunday with a victory over Idaho in the final day of the Arizona State Spring Break Tournament. The Spartans defeated the Vandals 4-2 this morning at the Kiwanis Tennis Center in Tempe.
The Michigan State women’s tennis team began its Big Ten Conference slate on Sunday afternoon with a 4-2 victory at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center. With the win, the Spartans improved to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in league action.
Coming in at No. 55 on the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, The Spartans open a three-match homestand on Saturday, March 12 when they host 38th-ranked Columbia in MSU’s final non-conference match of the spring at 11 a.m. The Green and White will then begin Big Ten Conference play on Sunday, March 13 when Indiana comes to town for another 11 a.m. showdown.
Michigan State men’s tennis is in Tempe, Arizona this week for a spring break tournament hosted by Arizona State. Competition begins this Friday, March 11 at the Kiwanis Tennis Center in Mesa. “We’re excited to be in Arizona for our spring break,” head coach Gene Orlando said. “This is a great opportunity to transition from indoor to outdoor tennis and to play against a strong field of teams. We’ve had three quality days of practice here already and the weather has been awesome. We are ready to compete this weekend in the invite.”
A day after seeing its six-match winning streak come to an end, the Michigan State women’s tennis team was able to rebound with a 4-2 comeback victory over host Marshall at the Brian David Fox Tennis Center. With the win, the Spartans improve to 7-2 on the season, while the Thundering Herd fell to 7-8 overall.
The Michigan State men’s tennis team improved to 10-3 on the season after picking up two wins on Saturday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility over Marquette, 4-3, and Butler, 6-1. “We played two different lineups today which showed the depth of the program,” said MSU men’s tennis head coach Gene Orlando. “The guys found a way to win against Marquette and that was exciting. And then we came back and played Butler – a team that beat Indiana earlier in the season – and we knew they were a very good team.
Michigan State men’s tennis is back in action this weekend with a pair of matches against Louisville and Chicago State. The Spartans are returning from their first road trip of the season, having played a match against Western Michigan in Kalamazoo on Feb. 5, and will play at home the next four matches.
After a solid 11-8-1 start to the season, things have fallen apart for Michigan State. The Spartans are on an eight-game losing streak, and with the end of the season around the corner, an NCAA Tournament berth would take a miracle. However, amidst the struggles of another disappointing season, Michigan State’s three freshmen are providing a bit of hope for the program’s future.
Source: The State News
It came down to the sixth singles court, but the Michigan State women’s tennis team was able come away with a thrilling 4-3 victory over Arizona on Wednesday evening at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center.