Spartan Women’s Tennis Tops Utah State, 6-1
MSU will conclude the weekend on Sunday, Feb. 4 against Akron.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State women’s tennis team improved their season record to 6-1, with a dominating 6-1 win over Utah State.
“We came out and played well in doubles and got on top of them quickly in our singles. Give a lot of credit to Utah State for staying in the matches,” head coach Kim Bruno said. “In the end, the girls just toughed out some spots and played some big tennis at the right times and we were able to pull ahead.”
Michigan State started the evening by securing the doubles point, as they have in all six victories this season, to lead the match 1-0 going into singles play. At No. 3 doubles, freshman Ava Thielman and senior Lexi Baylis defeated Alexandra Taylor and Sophia Haleas, 6-2. The doubles point was clinched on court one when the duo of juniors Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen downed Maggie O'Meara and Sasha Pisareva, 6-3.
Metcalf and Nguyen remain undefeated at No. 1 doubles this spring, with a record of 4-0.
Momentum then carried over to singles play as four Spartans won in straight sets. At No. 5 singles, Nguyen dominated O’Meara, 6-2, 6-3. At No. 4 singles, Metcalf won against Hannah Jones, with a score of 6-4, 6-2. The match was clinched on court two with senior Habiba Shaker defeating Rhoda Tanui, 6-2, 6-2.
The match on court three ended early as Utah State’s Lucy Octave withdrew due to injury, resulting in a win by retirement for freshman Sara Kuuttila.
Sophomore Samantha Memije also won at No. 6 singles, after defeating Sabrina Demerath 7-5, 7-6 (7-3).
It all came down to senior Aslina Chua on court one who battled with Sasha Pisareva, before dropping the match 7-5, 6-3 (10-5).
“Every match we got to treat as the same and be ready to go,” Bruno said. “Be ready to be fight, be ready to be gritty, be ready to do what our Spartan women have done over and over again.”
The Spartans will return to the court on Sunday, Feb. 4, to take on Akron. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
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