March 8, 2007
MIAMI - The Michigan State women's tennis team fell for only the second time this season, as the Spartans were topped by the No. 22 Florida International Golden Panthers, 7-0. Today marked the first time this season that the Spartans (9-2) were unable to come up with the doubles point.
"Florida International definitely showed us how a Top 25 team competes," said MSU head coach Erica Perkins. "They fought hard in doubles and singles, from top to bottom. Although we struggled a bit in doubles, I felt we bounced back and played much tougher in the singles. It was a good learning experience for us. Hopefully, we can take some positives away from today and play well tomorrow."
The Spartans dropped all three doubles matches to fall behind 0-1, heading into singles play. The senior duo of Sarah Andrews and Jessica Baron lost their first match of the season at No. 3 doubles, falling to Shilla D'Armas/Maria Dolores Pazo, 8-2.
At No. 1 doubles, junior Christine Bader and Stephanie Kebler fell to Paula Zabala/Nikkita Fountain, 8-3, to give Florida International the doubles point. In the closest of the doubles matches, senior Pascale Schnitzer and sophomore Ana Milosaljevic dropped to Egle Petrauskaite/Priscilla Castillo, 8-7.
Down 0-1, the Spartans were unable to turn things around, dropping each of the singles matches for the 7-0 final.
At No. 3 singles, Schnitzer forced a tiebreak, but came up short against D'Armas, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7).
Michigan State will look to get back on track Friday, as the Spartans are set to play Florida Atlantic at noon.