Feb. 21, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team took down Western Michigan Friday night inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility by a final tally of 6-1. MSU ups its season record to 8-2 overall and is 7-1 in home matches.
Coming into Friday night's match, Western Michigan had only lost the doubles point one time all season and had just three overall doubles losses. Those stats didn't matter to MSU though, as the Spartans took care of business in the alleys and won two of the three matches. On the top court, senior Marina Bohrer and freshman Erin Faulkner improved their doubles dual record to 7-1 with an 8-6 win over Kathleen Hawkins and Caroline Aleck. On the second court, sophomore Emily Meyers and junior Julianne Gruber were in a tight back and forth match with Meika Ashby and Yuriko Ono that ended up going to a tiebreak. In the breaker, Meyers and Gruber slammed the door on the Broncos, winning 7-1 and helping the Spartans take the doubles point.
In singles, MSU won five of six matches. On court two, Faulkner faced off with Kathleen Hawkins, the No. 117th-ranked singles player in the nation. Faulkner earned her first win over a ranked opponent in her young career by winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. Bohrer improved her season singles record to 8-1 with a 6-4, 6-4, win over Nini Sujashvili. Junior Catherine Parenteau took down Ashby in three sets, winning a first-set and a third-set tiebreaker. Senior Olga Chernova and freshman Athena Trouillot also picked up wins on the fifth and sixth courts, respectively.
MSU has won its last four meetings over Western Michigan. The 6-1 win marked the largest margin of victory of the Spartans have had over Western Michigan since Feb. 18, 2011, when MSU won 6-1.
The Spartans will return to action Sunday as they host a doubleheader. MSU will face Milwaukee at 10 a.m., and Wright State at 3 p.m., inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Admission is free.
1) Bohrer/Faulkner (MSU) def. Aleck/Hawkins (WMU) 8-6
2) Meyers/Gruber (MSU) def. Ashby/Ono (WMU) 8-7(1)
3) Sujashvili/Kuhle (WMU) def. Trouillot/Zelechonok (MSU) 8-5
1) Bohrer (MSU) def. Sujashvili (WMU) 6-4, 6-4
2) Faulkner (MSU) def. Hawkins (WMU) 6-1, 6-3
3) Parenteau (MSU) def. Ashby (WMU) 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-8
4) Kuhle (WMU) def. Meyers (MSU) 6-3, 7-5
5) Chernova (MSU) def. Aleck (WMU) 6-4, 6-4
6) Trouillot (MSU) def. Ono (WMU) 7-5, 6-3