Jan. 21, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Michigan State women's tennis team captured a 5-2 win over No. 70 Louisville on Sunday, marking the Spartans' first road win of the season. The Spartans captured the doubles point and won four singles matches to advance their record to 2-0 for the season.
With Louisville short one player, Michigan State won by default at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. The Spartans still proved that they were tough enough to compete against the favored team, posting wins at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
Junior Christine Bader and sophomore Stephanie Kebler once again paced the Spartans at No. 1 doubles, defeating Robyn White and Natalie Laszkowski, 8-5. At No. 2, sophomore Ana Milosavljevic and senior Pascale Schnitzer won over Bianca Gorbea and Natalia Baez, 8-6, truly earning the doubles point for the Spartans.
With the doubles point and an automatic win at No. 6, Michigan State headed into singles with a 2-0 lead. Milosavljevic fell to Gorbea at No. 4 (6-3, 6-3) to cut the lead to 2-1, but the loss was followed up by a Spartan victory at No. 3 by Schnitzer to put MSU up 3-1. Schnitzer defeated Jo-Ann Van Aerde in straight sets (6-1, 6-0).
At No. 5, senior Jessica Baron also won in straight sets, topping Baez (6-2, 6-1), securing an MSU victory. Laszkowski came away with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Kebler at No. 2, but
Bader added another win at No. 1 singles to post the final score, 5-2. Bader dropped the first set, 3-6, then battled back in the second posting a 6-3 win to force a tie-breaker. In the breaker, Bader won 10-8.
"I couldn't be prouder of how everybody played today," said MSU head coach Erica Perkins. "I thought from top to bottom we looked really strong. I was really happy for Christine Bader, she had a tough loss earlier in the week against Cleveland State, so I'm excited for her big comeback win at No. 1 singles.
"Our doubles looked really strong again. We've got a nice week ahead of us to keep working on plays, and we hope to come out next weekend and improve upon the things we want to work on."
Michigan State will host its first doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 27 against Eastern Michigan and Detriot at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The first match against EMU is set for 12 p.m., followed up with Detroit at 4 p.m.