Feb. 3, 2007
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.
"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.