WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Michigan State women's tennis team won its first Big Ten match of the season with a 5-2 victory over Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday afternoon. MSU improves to 11-4 on the season and 1-1 in conference play, while the Boilermakers drop to 5-9.
With the first signs of spring just around the corner, MSU was able to get outside and play both singles and doubles for the first time in conference play this season on a windy day in Indiana. As they have done all year in their 11 victories, the Spartans started the day by pulling out the doubles point.
“It was a great team performance today,” said head coach Kim Bruno. “We came here to get the job done and did just that. We played in tough outdoor conditions and had to make some adjustments, but once again the girls stepped up and were able to execute when we needed to. When things got tough, we got tougher, so we are looking forward to continue working tomorrow. We know how good we are and what we can accomplish and are just really sticking with our goals and the process while keeping our heads to the ground and moving forward.”
Samantha Memije and Athena Trouillot continue their winning ways as a double pair, as the duo is now 8-2 this spring after a 6-3 win at second doubles. Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen secured the first point of the afternoon for the Spartans by winning at first doubles, 6-3 and they are now 7-3 on the spring as a doubles pair.
MSU came out attacking in singles play and took the first three matches in straight sets to secure the win. Emily Metcalf was the first Spartan singles winner at court three with a win in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Erin Faulkner then won her third straight match with a 6-3, 6-4 win at second singles and Athena Trouillot locked up the fourth point at sixth singles. Davina Nguyen was the other MSU victor on the day, grinding out a win at fourth singles, including taking the third-set tiebreaker, 10-7.
The Spartans are right back at it tomorrow as they head to Bloomington to take on the Hoosiers at 11 a.m. ET.