Feb. 10, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team continued its solid start to the season with a 7-0 win over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. The No. 72 Spartans are now 6-0 on the season, as the Redhawks drop to 2-4.
"I was really impressed with our focus today," said Spartan head coach Erica Perkins. "Miami is a very well-coach team, and they're very scrappy. They were putting a lot of balls in the court and I thought we responded well. We stayed focused and executed."
Michigan State continued to demonstrate its dominance in doubles, easily winning each of the three matches to earn the double point and a 1-0 lead. The Spartans first win came at No. 3, with the senior pairing of Sarah Andrews and Jessica Baron advancing their record to 4-0 with an 8-1 defeat of Victoria Pulido and Jessica Linden.
At No. 1, Christine Bader and Stephanie Kebler also remain undefeated (5-0), picking up a win and securing the doubles point for Michigan State. The duo from Okemos, Mich., defeated Katrina Lomidze and Linda Jirouskova, 8-3.
Pascale Schnitzer and Ana Milosavljevic rebounded from their loss last weekend, coming away with an 8-3 victory against Kelly Douple and Kristen McPhillips giving the Spartans their third doubles win of the day.
"We had a really good warmup and came out with a lot of energy," Milosavljevic. "We did what we wanted to do, played well and improved from the last match."
With a 1-0 lead to start singles, Michigan State quickly picked up wins at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 to clinch the Spartans sixth-straight victory. Bader gave MSU a 2-0 lead, posting 6-1, 6-1 scores over Lomidze at No. 1. In the next match off the court, Schnitzer came away with a 6-1 win in the first set, and followed it up with a 6-0 blanking of Jirouskvoa in the second set at No. 3.
Milosavljevic put up the winner for Michigan State at No. 5, as the victory gave the Spartans a 4-0 lead over the Redhawks. Milosavljevic defeated Pulido in two sets, 6-2, 6-3.
"I had a good match," said Milosavljevic. "I'm working on some stuff, and its starting to come right. I'm starting to play well and feel confident."
Baron put up a 6-1, 6-1 win over Linden at No. 6, to hold on to her undefeated record in both singles (5-0) and doubles (4-0).
In the final two matches of the day, Andrews and Kebler fought their way to victory, to post the 7-0 final. Andrews pulled off the win in two sets, posting identical scores of 6-4 against McPhillips at No. 4. Kebler easily picked up the first set, 6-1, then rounded off the win with a well-fought 7-6 (7-2) victory in the second set.
"I thought Stephanie Kebler was really challenged at No. 2 today, and responded," said Perkins. "She played phenomenally well in the tiebreaker, and it was probably one of her best matches so far this spring."
Michigan State will hit the courts against Ball State on Sunday at 11 a.m., at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.