March 20, 2007
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team fell to Western Michigan, 5-2, on Tuesday. The Spartans (10-3) collected the doubles point, defeating the Broncos at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, but were unable to pull off the win, as senior Pascale Schnitzer earned the Spartans' only singles point in a third-set breaker. Western Michigan advanced its record to 11-6 with the victory.
Spartan sophomore Ana Milosavljevic teamed up with Schnizter at No. 2 doubles, earning the first of two doubles victories, with an 8-3 win over Western Michigan's Noriko Saruta and Ashley Moccia.
Western Michigan rebounded in singles play, picking up points in the first four singles matches off the court to secure the victory.
At No. 2, Kebler dropped to the No. 29-ranked Pahl in two sets, 6-2, 6-3. Milosavljevic, Baron and Andrews put up a fight in the first set, but were unable to hang on in the second, giving the Broncos their next three points at No. 6, No. 5 and No. 4, respectively.
Milosavljevic was bested by Dudzik at No. 6, 7-6, 6-2, giving the Broncos a 2-1 lead that they held on to for the rest of the match. Baron was defeated at No. 5 by Moccia (7-5, 6-0) and Andrews fell at No. 4 to Saruta (7-6, 6-0), surrendering the win to Western Michigan.
Schnitzer pulled off the win at No. 3, pulling ahead with a 6-2 first set victory. She dropped the next set to Parekh, 2-6, but fought through the breaker to claim a 1-0 third set, and the win.
The final match also went into a third-set break, with the Bronco's Jeanmaire besting Bader at No. 1 (3-6, 6-4, 1-0) to post the 5-2 final.
Michigan State opens Big Ten play at Purdue on Saturday at 11 a.m.