Men's Tennis Falls to No. 67 Mississippi State
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The DePaul men's tennis team fell to No. 67 Mississippi State 4-0, at the Harvard Kick-Off Tournament at the Murr Center on Friday. The dual was the first of the day for both teams, while the Blue Demons close out the day by playing the doubles portion of their dual with Harvard this evening.
DePaul (3-2) battled MSU for the doubles point, but the Bulldogs prevailed at No. 1 and No. 3 and took a 1-0 lead into singles action.
Mississippi States' George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin halted Ben Hartman and Bartosz Jozwiak's five-match winning streak by defeating the Blue Demon pair, 8-4. In a back-and-forth match, the Bulldogs claimed the doubles point when Louis Cant and Chris Doerr topped Mathias Hambach and Matija Palinic 9-7.
In singles action, No. 125 Ilyushin, who was playing at No. 3, topped Palinic 6-3, 6-4, while Hartman fell to Cant 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot. Mississippi State clinched the dual when Antonio Lastre topped Hambach 7-5, 6-2.
When Mississippi State (1-1) clinched the dual, DePaul's Alasdair Graetz had battled to a third set with Doerr. Graetz won the first set 6-4, but Doerr would force a third set with a 6-1 set two victory. When play was suspended, Doerr was up 4-2 in the third set.
The Blue Demons and Harvard play the doubles portion of their dual tonight, while the two teams play singles on Saturday evening.
Mississippi State 4, DePaul 0