Feb. 4, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team topped Cleveland State, 5-2, in a nonconference matchup. The Spartans were able to sweep all the doubles matches to win the point. MSU had a strong singles showing from junior Michaela Silesova who blanked Alex Power, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 4 singles position.
"We tried a different doubles line up today, just to see if we could catch fire and I think we did," commented assistant coach Tyler Faulkner. "We did have something. We had a lot better energy in the doubles point and that carried into the singles."
The Spartans switched up the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles pairings and saw good results. Juniors Nicole Herzog and Silesova dropped Catrine Bjerrehus and Maria Lazaris, 8-3. Sophomores Olga Chernova and Katarina Lingl paired up to defeat Nicole Janek and Kara Sherwood, 8-5.
Along with Silesova's impressive performance at the No. 4 singles spot, three other Spartans recorded singles victory. Chernova topped Bjerrehus, 6-1, 6-3 while sophomore Marina Bohrer won her match against Sherwood, 6-3, 6-4. Freshman Julianne Gruber notched third singles win of the season against Liu, 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 6 spot.
Falling in her first singles match of the fall season, Lingl was topped by Janek, 6-2, 6-4. After falling 6-2 in the first set the No. 1 spot, Herzog fought back to win the second by a score of 6-1. The junior eventually fell to Lazaris, who won the third set, 6-1.
The Spartans host their first double header this Friday, Feb. 10th. MSU faces Bowling Green at 1 p.m. and Toledo at 5 p.m.
MSU 5, Cleveland State 2
1.Maria Lazaris def. Nicole Herzog: 6-2, 1-6, 6-1
2.Olga Chernova def. Catrine Bjerrehus: 6-1, 6-3
3.Marina Bohrer def. Kara Sherwood: 6-3, 6-4
4.Michaela Silesova def. Alex Power: 6-0, 6-0
5.Nicole Janek def. Katarina Lingl: 6-2, 6-4
6.Julianne Gruber def. Mengdi Liu: 6-2, 6-1
1.Herzog/Silesova def. Bjerrehus/Lazaris: 8-2
2.Chernova/Lingl def. Janek/Sherwood: 8-5
3.Guentert/Hager def. Lui/Power: 8-4