Women’s Tennis Defeats Akron, 6-1
MSU goes 2-0 on the weekend.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State women’s tennis team defeated Akron, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. MSU improves to 7-1 on the season and 6-0 at home.
“The girls had dominating performances this weekend. We played two complete matches and came out ready to go in doubles and singles,” head coach Kim Bruno said. “Getting that doubles point first helps us a lot and just carried over to our singles play.”
Michigan State clinched the doubles point for the second time this weekend, as they have in all seven victories, to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead going into singles play.
Senior Habiba Shaker and freshman Sara Kuuttila kicked things off in doubles as they defeated Rita Pedroso and Anna Uljanov, 6-2, on court two. The doubles point was once again clinched on court one as the duo of juniors Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen downed Carli Knezevich and Miruna Vasilescu, 6-3.
Senior Lexi Baylis and freshman Ava Thielman were leading 5-2 on court three when the point was clinched.
Metcalf and Nguyen continue to improve their unbeaten streak at No. 1 doubles as they are now 5-0 this spring and 9-4 overall.
Shaker increased her lead to 11 doubles wins on the season, with four Spartans closing in with nine.
In singles play, sophomore Samantha Memije secured the first singles win on court six, with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Waverly Wituski. Nguyen then added another point to the Spartans lead as she went on to defeat Madison Wolfe, 6-1, 6-3 in No. 5 singles. The match was clinched on court four, as Metcalf won against Uljanov, 6-4, 6-0.
Kuuttila also defeated Knezevich, 6-1, 6-3 on court three. In No. 1 singles, senior Aslina Chua faced off against Pedroso to secure a 7-5, 6-2 victory.
Shaker battled hard against Miruna Vasilescu, but dropped a 7-6, 6-2 decision on court two.
Four Spartans went 2-0 in singles this weekend, as Kuuttila, Memije and Nguyen all improved to five singles wins this spring, while Metcalf improved to four.
“I think these next two weeks we have to regroup to have an opportunity at Auburn, that’s our next focus,” Bruno said. “We’re getting better and better and this is where we want to be right now at this part of the season which is promising. It was a team effort; the girls stepped up and played well. I’m proud of them, they should feel good about this.”
Michigan State will hit the road for the next seven matches as they begin a seven-match road swing. After a week hiatus, the Spartans will travel to Auburn, Ala. to take on No. 12 Auburn on Saturday, Feb. 17, with the match set to begin at 12 p.m.
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