MSU men’s tennis just keeps on rolling.
With a gutsy performance from Prithiv Sivasubramaniam, the Bobcats defeated the Utah State Aggies 4-3 on Friday. Sivasubramaniam overcame a first set loss to beat Brandon Nielson in a no. 6 singles match that decided it for MSU. “Overall the match was pretty close,” Sivasubramaniam said, “so I knew I had to fight for the set. I knew when I got into the third set that I needed to get off to a good start.”
Prithiv came through and the Bobcats won despite dropping the doubles point, losing two of three matches. Niklas Brandes and Diego Campos won in a close no. 1 doubles match, 8-6. Markus Schleuter and Javier Martin-Morillas forced an extra set in no. 2 doubles, but lost 9-8. The Bobcats have had trouble in doubles so far this season, but their singles play has been superb.
The Bobcats avenged a loss at Utah State earlier this season despite losing two of three doubles matches. Former Aggies captain and new MSU head coach Jared Burnham said, “Prithiv really dug deep and got a big win for us. He’s struggled at times, but he played well today and showed some toughness, and we needed him.” The unsung hero may have been Javier Martin-Morillas, who defeated Fredrik Peterson in no. 2 singles, 7-5, 6-3. Markus Schleuter had trouble with Peterson in their first matchup, but he had no trouble with Matt Sweet, winning 6-4, 6-2 in no. 3 singles.
Just a few hours after the Aggies left the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis Center, the Yellowjackets of MSU-Billings arrived, and the Bobcats continued taking care of business. The Cats cruised to a 5-2 win, taking the doubles point in a sweep of three matches, and then winning four of six singles matches. Niklas Brandes recovered after a first set loss to win in no. 1 singles, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Sivasubramaniam ran away with his second match of the day, 6-0, 6-1. In one of the most exciting matches of the day, MSU’s Diego Campos held off Brandon Beardsley, 7-5, 6-4, in no. 4 singles.
The Bobcats have a long road ahead of them, as they travel to their next five matches against Eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Sacramento State. They will host Northern Arizona on April 5 at 3 p.m. in the Bobcat-Anderson Tennis Center.