Spartans Remain Undefeated With Win Over Toledo
Senior Jessica Baron remains undefeated in both singles and doubles following Saturday's match.
Senior Jessica Baron remains undefeated in both singles and doubles following Saturday's match.

Feb. 3, 2007

Final Stats

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Both the Michigan State and University of Toledo women's tennis teams put their 4-0 records on the line Saturday, but the Spartans came up with the 5-2 win to remain undefeated. The Rockets fell to 4-1 for the season.

After dropping the first doubles match at No. 2, the Spartans took the next two matches at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to earn the point and grab a 1-0 lead heading into singles.

At No. 2, sophomore Ana Milosavljevic and senior Pascale Schnizter dropped their first doubles match of the season, 8-2, to the Toledo pair of Myriam Cueva and Nadia Zoubreva.

With the score at 8-7, MSU sophomore Stephanie Kebler served out a 9-7 win with junior Christine Bader at No. 1 doubles over the Rockets' Martina Wodzinski and Maha Guirguis. The victory evened out doubles at one-each, leaving the decision to the No. 3 match.

Spartan seniors, Sarah Andrews and Jessica Baron, came up with the decision at No. 3, defeating Sarah Horning and Jenny Belsky, 8-5.

"Toledo is a much improved and well-coached team," said head coach Erica Perkins. "We knew coming in that they would test us, and they did. Jessica and Sarah fought through some nerves to get us a big win at No. 3."

In the first singles match off the court, Zoubareva defeated Andrews at No. 4 (6-1, 6-3) to even the score at 1-1. Michigan State came back with wins at No. 5 and No. 6 to regain the lead, which it didn't relinquish for the remainder of the day. Milosavljevic blanked Azoulay, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 5 singles. Baron also won easily at No. 6 over Jenny Belsky (6-0, 6-2).



In a rematch of last year's No. 1 singles match, Bader again defeated Cueva, this time in two sets, 6-3, 6-1. The win put MSU ahead 4-1, and secured the match for the Spartans. At No. 2, Kebler dropped to Wodzinski, losing a tough first set, 7-5, and then fell 6-0 in the second.

The final match off the court was at No. 3, where Pascale Schnitzer defeated Guirguis, 7-6 (1), 6-3, to post the final at 5-2.

"In singles we looked solid," said Perkins. "Christine Bader had another tough win at No. 1 for us, and Pascale Schnitzer bounced back from their doubles loss and looked great at No. 3 singles. Hopefully, we can take what we did today and continue to improve on the practice courts this week."

With her win at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles, Baron is the only Spartan to remain undefeated in both singles and doubles. Michigan State will continue its homestand against Miami (OH) on Feb. 10 at 1 p.m., followed by Ball State at home on Feb. 11 at 11 a.m.