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Spartans Drop Close Match at USF, 4-3

March 7, 2018

Final Stats

TAMPA, Fla. – The Michigan State women’s tennis team fell in a hard fought battle with USF, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon. The team is now 8-3 on the season.

“I think we adjusted to the conditions well and I think we competed well,” head coach Kim Bruno said. “I just think we can’t let the uncontrollable control us. We have to have better energy and better attitudes and we have to take care of our opportunities. We didn’t do that as well as them today and they got away with a really, really close 4-3 match.”

The Spartans started off the day by securing the doubles point. At first doubles, the duo of juniors Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen defeated Juliana Cardoso and Jessica Chaves, 6-4, to get their eighth-straight victory and put MSU in the lead for the doubles point. The duo improved their unbeaten streak to 8-0 at No. 1 doubles.
 
The doubles point was clinched on court two as senior Habiba Shaker and freshman Sara Kuuttila downed Nicole Dzenga and Vanja Klaric, 7-6 (7-3). MSU took the lead, 1-0, going into singles play.
 
USF got on the board first in singles play as Metcalf lost to Klaric, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 4 singles. Nguyen defeated Cardoso, 7-5, 6-1, on court three to put MSU back in the lead.
 
On court two, Shaker battled with Chaves after dropping the first set, but eventually fell, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5. At No. 1 singles, senior Aslina Chua defeated Ana Roman in three sets, 6-3, 0-6, 6-3, to give the Spartans a 3-2 lead over USF with two matches remaining.
 
At No. 6 singles, sophomore Samantha Memije stuck with Dzenga to force a third set, but fell 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.
 
The match was clinched for USF on court three as Evelyne Tiron defeated Kuuttila, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.

“I think I have a good group of women who want to win and want to learn so I’m hopeful that they’re going to take something from this and do better next time,” Bruno said. “They have to if they want to be as good as they can be."


The Spartans continue their Florida trip with two more matches this week. MSU will travel to Fort Myers, Fla. to take on FGCU on Friday, March 9 at 1 p.m. The team will then take on FIU at 12 p.m. the next day to conclude the trip.

 

 

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