Jan. 19, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team kicked off its season with a 6-1 win over Cleveland State on Friday. The Spartans began the day winning each of the three doubles matches, and then walked away with five singles points. The win is the first for first-year head coach Erica Perkins.
"It's always nice to start with a win," Perkins said. "We came out with high energy in doubles, which is something we have been talking about. Our play across the board was excellent, especially from Ana (Milosavljevic) and Pascale (Schnizter) at No. 2 doubles.
"CSU came out fighting in singles, but we responded. Ana had a nice second set comeback and as a team, we showed great effort. It's good to get the first win for the team, and for (assistant coach) Stefan (Naughton) and me."
Next off the court, sophomores Pascale Schnizter and Ana Milosavljevic were victorious at No. 2, defeating Lindsay Sellers and Denisa Muntean, 8-1, clinching the doubles point for Michigan State.
The final doubles match to come off the court was No. 1, where junior Christine Bader and sophomore Stephanie Kebler notched their first win of the season, 8-3, over Cleveland's Sarah Galon and Charlotte Gibbons.
With a win at No. 3 singles by Schnitzer, Michigan State claimed its first match of the season. Schnitzer defeated Sellers in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. The next match to end was No. 6 where Baron topped Vogelgesang, 6-1, 6-1.
"I think most of the matches were very good, and we had a pretty good start," said Schnitzer. "It feels good and this gives us more confidence for Sunday."
At No. 4, Andrews also picked up her first win of the season, defeating Myers 6-2, 6-0. Kebler also won easily at No. 2, ending the day with a two-set, 6-1, 6-1 win.
After winning the first set, 6-1, Milosavljevic fell behind early in the second only to battle back for a, 7-5, set and match victory at No. 5.
In the closest match of the day, Bader faced Cleveland's Galon at No. 1, splitting the first two sets, before falling in the tiebreaker. Galon took the first, 6-3, and started out the second set with a 3-0 lead, but Bader fought her way back into the match evening it out at 5-5 before coming up with a 6-4 second match win. Bader dropped a tough tiebreaker, 11-9.
Michigan State (1-0) returns to action on the road against No. 70 Louisville on Sunday. The match is schedule to begin at 1 p.m. at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.