ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team fell in its Big-Ten opener on Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, 4-0, to the ninth-ranked Wolverines. MSU falls to 10-4 on the season, while UM improves to 9-3 on the year, including a 6-0 mark at home.
"We have a tough squad that didn't get the win today, but we had our chances against one of the best teams in the Big Ten," said head coach Kim Bruno. "If we continue improving and stay on track, I have no doubt we can obtain our goals."
Michigan took the doubles point with wins at the top two courts. UM's Brienne Minor and Mira Ruder-Hook earned a 6-2 win over Michigan State's Athena Trouillot and Samantha Memije before the second-ranked doubles team in the nation defeated Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen to give the Wolverines the doubles point. Lexi Baylis and Aslina Chua were leading in their match, 5-2, when UM took the point.
No. 20 Kate Fahey won over Aslina Chua at first singles and No. 30 Brienne Minor defeated Emily Metcalf, 6-3, 6-3 at second singles. Mira Ruder-Hook closed out the scoring for UM with a win over Athena Trouillot at fifth singles.
Freshman Samantha Memije had a solid day at sixth singles in her first Big-Ten match, winning the first set 6-4 and leading 5-3 in the second before the match came to an end. Junior Davina Nguyen also was on pace to earn a victory, winning her first set at third singles, 6-4, and was leading 4-3 in the second.
Michigan State will conclude its seven-match road trip as they continue Big Ten play against Purdue and Indiana. MSU will face Purdue on Saturday, March 25, with the match set to begin at 12 p.m. MSU will then travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take on the Hoosiers on Sunday, March 26, with the match set to begin at 11 a.m.