Jan. 18, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team opened up its 2012 fall season with an impressive 7-0 win over Oakland University. Sophomore Katarina Lingl stood out at the No. 4 singles spot shutting out her opponent, Demi Georgakopoulos, 6-0, 6-0.
"It was a good way to get our feet wet against Oakland," said assistant coach Tyler Faulkner. "It's always nice to play against other Michigan schools. It was a good match. I think we came out in doubles and started a little slow but then we picked it up and got a lot more aggressive. We finished strong and that carried over into singles play."
Sophomore Olga Chernova topped her opponent, Karen Karoub, at the No. 2 singles position, 6-1, 6-0. At the No. 1 and No. 3 spots, the Spartans had to battle a little harder, but were able to come out on top. Sophomore Nicole Herzog registered a 6-3, 6-2, victory against Caitlin Young at the No. 1 position. Junior Michaela Silesova was able to notch a 6-0, 6-3 win over Grace Keating.
The two MSU freshmen also tallied their first two wins in their dual-meet season debut. Julianne Gruber defeated Brittany Baxter at the No. 5 spot, 6-1, 6-0 while Hilary Hager topped Caryn Kimmel, 6-1, 6-1.
The Spartans claimed the doubles point by sweeping all three matches. Herzog and Lingl dropped Young and Keating, 8-2. Silesova and Gruber also won 8-2 over Karoub and Georgakopoulos. Redshirt junior Dana Guentert and sophomore Jennifer Yen paired up to top Baxter and Kimmel, 8-5.
The Spartans are back in action on Sunday, January 22nd, when they host Akron at noon at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
MSU 7, Oakland 0
Nicole Herzog def. Caitlin Young: 6-3, 6-2
Olga Chernova def. Karen Karoub: 6-1, 6-0
Michaela Silesova def. Grace Keating: 6-0, 6-3
Katarina Lingl def. Demi Georgakopoulos: 6-0, 6-0
Julianne Gruber def. Brittany Baxter: 6-1, 6-0
Hilary Hager def. Caryn Kimmel: 6-1, 6-1
Herzog/Lingl def. Young/Keating: 8-2
Silesova/Gruber def. Karoub/Georgakopoulos: 8-2
Guentert/Yen def. Baxter/Kimmel: 8-5