Michigan State Defeats Florida Atlantic 5-2

March 10, 2007

Final Stats

BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Michigan State women's tennis team earned a 5-2 victory over Florida Atlantic on Friday. The Spartans (10-2) defeated the Owls in each of the three doubles matches, and went on to claim victory in four singles matches.

In doubles action, the Spartans claimed a 1-0 lead prior to singles play. Junior co-captain Christine Bader and sophomore Stephanie Kebler cruised by Claudia Kecht and Katherine Bartnik, 8-2.

At No. 2, senior Pascale Schnitzer and sophomore Ana Milosavljevic sealed the doubles point, also winning by a score of 8-2, over Danielle Simone and Natalia Totevska.

Seniors Sarah Andrews and Jessica Baron battled their way to an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles over Elodie Wendling and Pia Terol.

Schnitzer and Milosavljevic quickly earned wins at No. 3 and No. 6 singles, respectively, to advance the Spartan lead to 3-0. Schnitzer claimed the first singles victory, a 6-1, 6-0 win over Bartnik. Milosavljevic took down Simone in two sets, 6-4, 6-1.

The Owls got on the board with a win at No. 4, as Baron lost by retirement to Totevska. She narrowly dropped the first set, 7-6, and fell behind 4-1 before the match was retired.

Michigan State picked up its next two, as Kebler secured the win at No. 2, posting identical, 6-2, first and second set scores over Wendling. At No. 5, Marianne Eelens stepped in for the Spartans also winning in two sets by scores of 6-2 against Terol.



Bader fell to Kecht at No. 1, in a tough tiebreak for the 5-2 final score. Bader fell behind with a 4-6 loss in the first set, but forced the tiebreak with a 6-3 second set victory. In the breaker Kecht won by a score of 10-6.

The Spartans will have a week off, before continuing on the road at Western Michigan on March 20. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.