Women's Tennis Upsets No. 43 William & Mary, 4-3
March 9, 2011
BRADENTON, Fla. - The No. 69 Michigan State women's tennis team (9-3, 0-1) upset No. 49 William & Mary, 4-3, on Wednesday, March 9 to close out its Spring Break trip to Bradenton, Fla. The Spartans once again earned the doubles point and followed up by winning three of six singles matches to down the Tribe. Sophomore Amy Barton led MSU on the day with a win both singles and doubles action.
"This was a great win today," said MSU head coach Simone Jardim. "The girls really came out and fought for every point they earned. The girls were ready to play from the very first match to the last. It was also nice to see several individuals rebound after suffering defeats yesterday to Missouri. Each one of them fought through the pressure, and in the end, it paid off with the win."
After suffering a loss at the No. 3 doubles position, MSU battled back to claim both the No. 1 and No. 2 slots for the doubles point. The No. 21 doubles pairing of Amy Barton and Marina Bohrer teamed to defeat Hope Johnson and Anik Cepeda at No. 1, 8-6. The doubles tandem of Whitney Wilson and Nicole Herzog topped Marlen Mesgarzzadeh and Katie Kargl by a score of 8-6 at No. 2. Michaela Silesova and Valentina Rusakova were unable to gain the edge over Lauren Sabacinski and Jeltje Loomans, falling 8-5.
Barton continued her doubles success into singles action as she rallied from behind to top Johnson at the No. 1 position, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (5). The first singles win for the Spartans occurred at No. 2 singles with Rusakova topping Nina Vulovich, 6-3, 7-5. Wilson earned the final singles win for the Green and White when she downed Kargl, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, at No. 5 singles.
Mesgarzadeh topped Bohrer at No. 3 singles by a score of 6-4, 6-1 while Cepeda edged Silesova, 6-4, 6-3, and No. 4 singles. Dana Guentert suffered a tough, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, defeat at No. 6 singles to Marivick Mamitt.
Michigan State returns to action on Saturday, March 19 when it hosts Dayton and Ball State in the final non-conference matches of the season. MSU will face the Flyers at 1 p.m. before facing the Cardinals in the last doubleheader of the year.
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