March 21, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team emphatically picked up its first conference win Friday afternoon by shutting down Penn State, 7-0, inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. MSU improves to 13-3 overall and is now 1-1 in Big Ten action. Today's win also marked the Spartans' 10th home win this season.
Today's sweep marks the first time MSU has swept a Big Ten match since April 3, 2004, when it swept Minnesota.
"I think that shows what this team is capable of doing," head coach Simone Jardim said. "From the get-go, I had no doubt that we could do incredible things and this is just the beginning of it. We still have 9 more matches to go and again I'm really excited for them, I'm really proud of them."
MSU jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. The Spartans have won the doubles point in 13 of their 16 matches this season and are an impressive 12-1 (.923) when claiming the initial point.
In doubles, the deciding match came down to court two after MSU won on court one and lost on court three. After a tough back and forth match that ultimately ended in a tiebreaker, sophomore Emily Meyers and junior Julianne Gruber came through in the clutch and delivered an 8-7(5) win for MSU on court two, clinching the doubles point. Meyers and Gruber improved their doubles record to 8-3.
"It was really intense," Meyers said of clinching the doubles point. "We knew we had to do it for the team, so we came together, focused on getting one point at a time and ended up getting the win."
In singles, MSU took care of business on all six courts. Junior Catherine Parenteau made quick work of Carmen Sandor, winning handily in straight sets on court three, 6-2, 6-0. Meyers made the score 3-0 after winning her match on court four. Meyers trailed 5-3 early in the first set, but reeled off four straight games to win the first set and then went on to claim the second set and the match, 7-5, 6-1. With the win, Meyers has an overall record of 34-22, which is tied for fourth in school history for most wins through two seasons.
Senior Marina Bohrer gave MSU the match-deciding fourth point as she won 6-4, 6-4, over Dasha Sapogova on court one. Bohrer trailed 4-1 at one point in the first set but went on to win five straight games to claim the first set.
Freshman Athena Trouillot had a comeback win on court six. After dropping the first set 6-3, she came back to win the second set, 6-4, and was leading 2-1 in the third set before Katherine Whiteaway retired.
Senior Olga Chernova pushed her current win streak up to eight matches after her win on court five. Chernova dropped the first set 7-5, but came back to win the second by a score of 6-3. With the match already decided, a third set tiebreak was played and Chernova scored the first nine points in the breaker, winning 10-1.
Freshman Erin Faulkner made it a clean sweep with her three-set win on court two. With the win, Faulkner upped her overall season record to 14-7, placing her tied for eighth all-time in school history for most wins through one season.
MSU now has five of its singles players with at least 10 wins this spring season.
The Spartans hit the court again Sunday when it travels to Columbus, Ohio, to take on No. 51 Ohio State at 12 p.m. inside the Varsity Tennis Center.
1) Bohrer/Faulkner (MSU) def. Sapogova/Bedard (PSU) 8-3
2) Meyers/Gruber (MSU) def. Whiteaway/Sandor (PSU) 8-7(5)
3) Shukow/Blik (PSU) def. Trouillot/Parenteau (MSU) 8-4
1) Bohrer (MSU) def. Sapogova (PSU) 6-4, 6-4
2) Faulkner (MSU) def. Blik (PSU) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
3) Parenteau (MSU) def. Sandor (PSU) 6-2, 6-0
4) Meyers (MSU) def. Bedard (PSU) 7-5, 6-1
5) Chernova (MSU) def. Shukow (PSU) 5-7, 6-3, 1-0(1)
6) Trouillot (MSU) def. Whiteaway (PSU) 3-6, 6-4, 2-1, retired