March 7, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. - The Michigan State women's tennis team wrapped up its Florida spring break trip with a win on Friday morning. MSU swept Mercer, 7-0, on the University of South Florida's Varsity Tennis Courts. The win over Mercer marked the conclusion of non-conference play for the Spartans and MSU will head into Big Ten conference play March 16 with a 12-2 record.
"It was another day of dealing with different conditions," head coach Simone Jardim. "The team responded well and we are learning to win even if it is ugly. Looking forward to Big Ten tennis and to a great second half of the season. This team has a lot of potential to do great things at MSU."
The weather in Tampa was about 10 degrees cooler than it was for MSU's match on Wednesday after strong thunderstorms came through the central Florida region on Thursday.
MSU's sweep over Mercer marked the third consecutive match this season in which the Spartans have shut out their opponent. MSU has six total shut outs on the season.
MSU took the doubles point to start the match. It marked the 12th time this season MSU has won the doubles point and the Spartans are 11-1 when winning the initial point. Sophomore Emily Meyers and junior Julianne Gruber won 8-0 on the second doubles court. The duo only dropped one total game in the team's two Florida matches as Meyers and Gruber blew by Niagara 8-1 on Wednesday. The freshmen tandem of Athena Trouillot and Anna Zelechonok won 8-3 on the third court.
With the starting lineup of Marina Bohrer, Erin Faulkner, Catherine Parenteau, Emily Meyers, Olga Chernova and Athena Trouillot, MSU won all six singles matches. MSU won five of the six in straight sets, with Faulkner rallying from dropping the first set to win in three sets, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Five of the 12 sets won by the Spartans on Friday were claimed by either a 6-1 or 6-0 victory.
Bohrer on Top
Senior co-captain Marina Bohrer recorded her 66th career singles win today, which is continuing to rewrite the Michigan State women's tennis record books. With her singles win March 5, she was able to set a new Michigan State singles record by claiming her 65th career win. Bohrer improved her overall season record to 14-4 and her spring dual record to 12-1. All-time in her Spartan career, Bohrer is 66-39 in singles play.
"I am happy that I made history at MSU," Bohrer said. "My goal has always been to do everything in my power to help the team win. If along the way it meant that I broke a record it is just an extra accomplishment. At the end of the day, what really matters to me is being able to contribute to the team's overall success."
Conference Play up Next
MSU will return home next Sunday, March 16, for its Big Ten home opener when rival Michigan comes to town.
Overall, six Big Ten teams are nationally ranked, including No. 8 Northwestern, No. 17 Michigan, No. 29 Purdue, No. 34 Indiana, No. 36 Illinois and No. 59 Ohio State. Of those ranked, MSU will play Michigan, Northwestern and Illinois at home.
1) Bohrer/Faulkner (MSU) vs. Payrat/Jones (Mercer) 6-3, unfinished
2) Meyers/Gruber (MSU) def. Bertani/Klyachkin (Mercer) 8-0
3) Trouillot/Zelechonok (MSU) def. Franklin/Powell (Mercer) 8-3
1) Bohrer (MSU) def. Jones (Mercer) 6-1, 6-2
2) Faulkner (MSU) def. Payrat (Mercer) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5
3) Parenteau (MSU) def. Powell (Mercer) 6-2, 6-3
4) Meyers (MSU) def. Klyachkin (Mercer) 6-1, 6-4
5) Chernova (MSU) def. Franklin (Mercer) 6-1, 6-4
6) Trouillot (MSU) def. Bertani (Mercer) 6-1, 6-0