Michigan State men's tennis makes program history

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While most Michigan State fans attention this time of year is on recruiting for the basketball and football programs, it still is an exciting time for all of the spring sports. Many Michigan State teams are in the midst of postseason play, and one team in particular just made program history Friday afternoon.

And that was Michigan State men's tennis.

Friday afternoon, the 6-seed Michigan State men's tennis team played 11-seed Denver in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Not only have the Spartans not made an appearance in the tournament for 11 years, they have never won a match in the NCAA Tournament in program history.

That all changed Friday in a dominant performance over Denver.

Michigan State jumped out to an early lead by earning the sole doubles point, which is huge as the Spartans then only needed to win three of the six singles matches to win the match. The Spartans made quick work in the singles matches by winning the first three matches that ended, bringing home the historic victory in dominant fashion 4-0.

As you can imagine, Spartan Nation was extremely excited after this win, including head football coach Jonathan Smith who congratulated the team on X.

Up next for Michigan State is 3-seed Harvard with a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line. The Spartans will take on the Crimson Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. ET. MSU has had one of the best seasons in program history, so even though they are underdogs heading into this match a win is extremely realistic.

The match unfortunately is not on TV, but the official Michigan State men's tennis X page as well as Spartan Rivals reporter David Harns will be posting live updates on X during the match.