BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -The Michigan state women's tennis team won its second Big Ten match of the weekend to improve to 12-4 on the season and 2-1 in conference play, while the Hoosiers fall to 10-8.
Davina Nguyen and Emily Metcalf set the tone for the Spartans by picking up a win over the 41st-ranked doubles team in the country at court one to start the day. Athena Trouillot and Samantha Memije came through with a 7-5 win on court two to give MSU the doubles point to give MSU the momentum heading into singles play.
"Doubles was exciting and tense from the beginning to the end," said head coach Kim Bruno. "We did a good job of controlling our nerves and having the courage to execute big shots under pressure. Metcalf AT and Erin did a great job of getting us singles points quick and it was a great team performance today."
Athena Trouillot picked up a quick win in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, at sixth singles and was followed shortly after by Erin Faulkner and Emily Metcalf and just like that the Spartans were up 4-0 and had secured the win. Faulkner won 6-1, 6-4 at second singles and Metcalf also won in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4 at third singles.
Nguyen also won her match at fourth singles and had to battle it out in a third-set tiebreaker for the second consecutive day. After dropping the first set, the sophomore responded and won the second set 6-4 before winning the tiebreaker 10-8.
Michigan State returns home next weekend as they host Minnesota and Wisconsin. MSU will host Minnesota on Saturday, April 1 and Wisconsin on Sunday, April 2. Both matches are set to begin at 12 p.m.