Feb. 24, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State women's tennis got back on track with a 6-1 win over Bowling Green Saturday afternoon. The Spartans took a 1-0 lead, earning the doubles point, and followed with four-consecutive wins in singles to secure the match. MSU improved its season record to 8-1, while the Falcons drop to 5-4.
The Spartan No. 2 doubles team of Ana Milosavljevic and Pascale Schnitzer defeated Andrea Volle and Katia Babina, 8-3, turning in one of their best performances of the season. The No. 56-ranked duo of Sarah Andrews and Jessica Baron sealed the doubles point for the team, with a win over Stefanie Menoff and Samantha Kintzel, 8-2.
"We looked very strong in doubles today," said MSU head coach Erica Perkins. "Ana and Pascale had the best energy I'd seen all season and their execution was nearly flawless. The team as a whole was having fun and when we do that, we always play our best.
"Bowling Green really tested us in singles, and I felt like we responded quite well. Every week we are looking better and better on the singles court."
Michigan State carried a 1-0 lead after doubles play and followed it up with four-straight victories at No. 2, 4, 5 and 1 singles to secure the match victory.
Kebler earned the first win at No. 2, easily defeating Kintzel, 6-4, 6-3. Playing at No. 4 for the first time this season, Baron defeated Kelsey Jakupcin, 6-4, 6-3, to hold on to her undefeated record, putting the Spartans ahead 3-0.
Milosavljevic clinched the MSU win at No. 5, blanking Babina, 6-0, in the first set and holding on for a 7-5 win in the second set. At No. 1, Bader fought her way to a 7-6 (4) first set victory, and then cruised to a 6-1 second set win.
At No. 3, Schnizter suffered the only Spartan loss of the day, eventually falling to Nussbaum in a tiebreaker. Schnitzer dropped the first set, 3-6, but rallied to a 6-2 victory in the second before folding in the breaker 10-7.
In the final match off the courts, Marianne Eelens defeated Menoff, in a tiebreaker to post the 6-1 final team score. Eelens picked up the first set 7-5, before dropping to Menoff in the second, 3-6. She finished the victory off 10-5 in the breaker.
The Spartans will kick off a six-match roadswing March 3 at Dayton. Match time is set for 3 p.m.