Women's Tennis Sweeps DePaul on the Road, 7-0
No. 50 Michigan State improves to 8-2 on the season.
CHICAGO, Ill. – The Michigan State women’s tennis team defeated DePaul on Saturday evening, with a score of 7-0 at Lakeshore Sport and Fitness in Chicago, Illinois. MSU won their first match ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Top 50 and improve to 8-2 on the season.
"DePaul's always been a tough team. Our girls just rose to the challenge like they've done all season," head coach Kim Bruno said. "We're looking forward to our opportunities everytime we play and that's what's making us a little better every day."
The Spartans started off the match by securing the doubles point, as they have in all eight victories this season. Senior Habiba Shaker and freshman Sara Kuuttila quickly dominated Aspasia Avgeri and Milica Tesic, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles.
The doubles point was clinched with simultaneous wins on courts one and three. The duo of juniors Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen defeated Keisha Clousing and Patricia Lancranjan on court one, 6-4. The pair improved their unbeaten streak to 7-0 in No. 1 doubles this season. Senior Lexi Baylis and freshman Ava Thielman also won their match at No. 3 doubles versus Alina Kuzmenkova and Marija Jovicic, 6-4.
With a 1-0 advantage after doubles, the Spartans looked to increase their lead in singles play. Nguyen came out victorious first with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Kuzmenkova at no. 5 singles. Sophomore Samantha Memije dominated Tesic 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. The match was clinched on court two as Shaker dominated Lancranjan straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Kuuttila secured a win on court three against Avgeri, 6-4, 6-7, 1-0. Metcalf also came back from behind after dropping the first set to win her match, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 against Jovicic on court four.
It all came down to senior Aslina Chua at first singles, who closed the match with a 10-point tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets with a 7-6, 6-7, 1-0 victory over Clousing.
This week, MSU broke into the Oracle/ITA Women’s National Team Rankings, coming in at No. 50. The last time the Spartans made an appearance in the Top 50 was during the week of March 17 in the 2014-15 season.
"We had a perfect performance so I think we responded exactly how we needed to and there wasn't one spot we let up in," Bruno said. "It was a team performance; Every single member of this team got a win today and it feels good to be driving home to East Lansing with that."
The Spartans continue their seven-match road trip with three matches in Florida during the week of March 5. MSU will travel to the University of South Florida on Wednesday, March 7, with the match set to begin at 12 p.m. They will then take on Florida Gulf Coast on March 9 at 1 p.m. and Florida International on March 10 at 12 p.m. to close out the week of play.