March 3, 2007
DAYTON, Ohio - The Michigan State women's tennis team picked up a 6-1 win at Dayton on Saturday. The Spartans (9-1) began the day winning each of the three doubles matches, and finished the day winning each of the bottom five singles matches. This was the first of six straight road matches for MSU.
In doubles, MSU continued its dominance despite a shake up in the lineup. At No. 3, sophomore Stephanie Kebler teamed up with freshman Christine Milliken for the first time this season earning an 8-2 win over the Flyers' Megan Gray and Erin Wilkie. The No. 56-ranked senior duo of Sarah Andrews and Jessica Baron sealed the doubles point for the Spartan team, blanking Mackenzie Hoops and Nicole Dzubay, 8-0.
With a 1-0 lead heading into singles play, the Spartans quickly earned the victory with wins at Nos. 5, 2, and 3 singles.
Re-entering the Michigan State lineup at No. 5, sophomore Marianne Eelens picked up her second victory of the season, defeating Hoops in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Classmate Kebler earned the next Spartan point at No. 2, over Detroy, 6-3, 6-1.
Senior Baron captured the win for MSU in her first match at No. 3, with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Dayton's Gray.
At No. 4, Andrews earned a 6-3 first set victory, and finished Dzubay in the second set, 6-0. In her singles debut as a Spartan, Milliken earned her first victory, in a tiebreak at No. 6. Milliken cruised through the first set with a 6-2 victory, then fell behind 3-6 in the second set to force the tiebreaker. She finished off Wilkie, 10-5, in the breaker.
Michigan State suffered its only loss of the day at No. 1, with Bader falling to Mellion in a tough 10-6 tiebreak. Mellion fought her way to a 7-5 first set victory, before falling to Bader, 2-6, in the second set. Mellion sealed the victory in the tiebreaker to post the 6-1 team final.
Michigan State will continue on the road at Florida International on March 8 at 2 p.m., followed by Florida Atlantic on March 9 at 12 p.m.