Spartans Fall to No. 16 Auburn, 4-0
Metcalf and Nguyen defeat No. 47 doubles pair to improve to 6-0 at No. 1 doubles.
AUBURN, Ala. – The Michigan State women’s tennis team fell in a hard-fought battle with No. 16 Georgia, 4-0, on Saturday afternoon at the Yarbrough Tennis Facility. MSU is now 7-2 on the season.
"Great win at 1 doubles and we had our chances at 2 doubles but squandered away a large lead. We can't let that happen against a good team," head coach Kim Bruno said. "We responded well in singles and out competed Auburn they just seemed to out execute us."
The Tigers won the doubles point by winning on courts two and three. Freshman Ava Thielman and senior Lexi Baylis fell to Jaeda Daniel and Madeline Meredith on court three, 6-2.
The duo of juniors Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen evened the race for the doubles point as they defeated Taylor Russo and Alizee Michaud, who are ranked 47th in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), in a thrilling come-from-behind win, 7-5.
Metcalf and Nguyen improve to an undefeated 6-0 at No. 1 doubles this spring.
It all came down to senior Habiba Shaker and freshman Sara Kuuttila on court two, as the duo battled with Auburn’s Caroline Turner and Georgie Axon before falling in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-3), which clinched the doubles point for the Tigers.
With Auburn leading going into singles play, the Spartans found themselves down 1-0 for only the second time this season.
In singles, the Spartans fell on courts two, five and six. At No. 5 singles, Meredith defeated Nguyen, 6-3, 6-3. In second singles, Shaker fell to Michaud, 6-2, 6-2. The match was clinched on court six as Axon defeated sophomore Samantha Memije, 6-4, 6-4.
"I am glad we had this opportunity and I know we will make adjustments and be better in our next match," Bruno said.
The Spartans will continue their seven-match road swing when they travel to DePaul on Saturday, Feb. 24, with the match set to begin at 1 p.m. ET.