Feb. 11, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - For the second day in a row, No. 72 Michigan State women's tennis posted a 7-0 victory, defeating Ball State on Sunday. The Spartans advanced their record to 7-0 with the win.
"It gives us a lot of confidence," said MUS junior co-captain Christine Bader. "We like to get used to winning. It makes us feisty and gets us ready to take on the Big Ten schools. We're continuing to work on team energy, and as each week goes on we're getting better."
Michigan State captured the doubles point to gain a 1-0 advantage heading into singles. The Spartans won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, before dropping at No. 1 in a tiebreak.
Ana Milosavljevic and Pascale Schnitzer picked up the first MSU victory at No. 2, 8-3, over Ball State's Sophie Quist and Christine Stromberg. The senior pairing of Sarah Andrews and Jessica Baron earned the second win, 8-5, to ensure the doubles point for Michigan State, defeating Stephanie Farrar and Polina Askerko.
At No. 1, Bader and Stephanie Kebler fell for the first time this season to Haly Calderwood and Jennifer Pollack. The Spartan team led the match 5-4, but the Cardinal duo fought their way back in, taking a 7-6 lead. Michigan State evened it up at 7, before dropping the breaker, 7-5, to give the Cardinals an 8-7 victory.
"It was close," said Bader. "We were both really off and just tried to hang in the breaker. We were tight, but now we have things to work on and get ready for next week."
Michigan State sealed the win, picking up the next three points at No. 6, No. 2 and No. 1 singles.
The No. 6 singles match was the first off the court with Baron earning a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Askerko. Kebler followed it up with another Spartan win at No. 2, defeating Calderwood in two sets, 6-4, 6-4. Bader posted the third victory at No. 1 to give Michigan State the win as it jumped ahead, 4-0. Bader defeated Quist 6-4, 6-4.
The next two matches went into a third-set tiebreak, with Andrews and Milosavljevic coming out on top at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Andrews got ahead with a 7-5 win in the first set, before falling to Retter 3-6 in the second. With the team victory decided, the match went into a breaker, where Andrews pulled out an 8-6 victory.
Milosavljevic also won her first set, 7-6 before dropping the second to Stromberg 3-6 in the second at No. 5. She sealed the win in the breaker, 10-6.
Schnitzer came away triumphant at No. 3 to post the 7-0 final. She defeated Pollack in two sets, 7-6 (7-2), 6-1.
"We're definitely where we want to be at this point in the season, and we've been making good progress from week to week," said Spartan head coach Erica Perkins. "We have a tough match next weekend against East Tennessee, and we're going to have to work very hard this week to get ready for them."
Michigan State will have a week of rest before squaring off against the Buccaneers on Feb. 18 at 10 a.m., in East Lansing.