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    Wildcats Fall to Spartans, 5-2

    Chris Jackman was victorious in singles play for the ninth-straight dual match.

    Chris Jackman was victorious in singles play for the ninth-straight dual match.

    April 6, 2013


    Site: East Lansing, Mich. (MSU Indoor Tennis Facility)
    Score: No. 49 Michigan State 5, No. 26 Northwestern 2
    Records: NU (17-6, 3-3 Big Ten), Michigan State (8-10, 2-3 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Sunday, April 7 - at Michigan (Varsity Tennis Center), 11 a.m. CT

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- No. 26 Northwestern was unable to battle back from a fast start by No. 49 Michigan State as the Wildcats dropped a 5-2 decision to the Spartans Saturday afternoon.

    The Spartans jumped in front early by picking up the doubles point. Things started off well for the Wildcats as Sidarth Balaji and Raleigh Smith notched an 8-3 victory at No. 2 over Denis Bogatov and Aaron Pfister. However, MSU earned an 8-2 win at No. 3 before Spencer Wolf and Mihir Kumar were clipped by Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun at No. 1.

    Michigan State was able to put things away quickly in singles play as it got straight-sets victories at Nos. 1, 4 and 5 to clinch the match.

    Northwestern got on the board at No. 6 as Chris Jackman continued his winning ways with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Jadun. Balaji also picked up a victory at No. 3, working hard to earn a three-set win over Bogatov 6-1, 6-7, 6-3.

    Smith took his set with Drew Lied at No. 2 to a third-set tiebreaker, but he fell just short by a score of 2-6, 6-2, 7-6.

    NU returns to action at 11 a.m. Central time on Sunday as it travels to No. 34 Michigan.

    #49 Michigan State 5, #26 Northwestern 2

    1. Gijs Linders/Harry Jadun (MSU) def. Spencer Wolf/Mihir Kumar (NU) 8-6
    2. Sidarth Balaji/Raleigh Smith (NU) def. Denis Bogatov/Aaron Pfister (MSU) 8-3
    3. John Patrick Mullane/Drew Lied (MSU) def. Alex Pasareanu/Chris Jackman (NU) 8-2
    Order of finish: 2, 3, 1*



    Singles 1. Aaron Pfister (MSU) def. Spencer Wolf (NU) 6-4, 6-3
    2. Drew Lied (MSU) def. Raleigh Smith (NU) 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
    3. Sidarth Balaji (NU) def. Denis Bogatov (MSU) 6-1, 6-7, 6-3
    4. John Patrick Mullane (MSU) def. Mihir Kumar (NU) 6-3, 6-3
    5. Gijs Linders (MSU) def. Alex Pasareanu (NU) 7-6, 6-2
    6. Chris Jackman (NU) def. Harry Jadun (MSU) 7-6, 6-4
    Order of finish: 1, 4, 5*, 6, 3, 2