March 28, 2014
LINCOLN, Neb. - In nail-biting fashion, the Michigan State women's tennis team picked up its second conference win of the season Friday night, edging out Nebraska, 4-3, at the Nebraska Tennis Center in Lincoln, Neb. The Spartans improved to 14-4 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten play with the win.
The Spartans' 14 wins this season are the most since the 2005-06 season when MSU finished 14-9. MSU's 14 wins are tied for fourth-most in school history, with the 1990-91 team setting the record with an 18-8 record. MSU recorded 14 wins in 1985-86 1992-93, 2005-06, 15 wins in 1986-87, 16 wins in 1987-88, and 18 wins in 1990-91.
To open the match, MSU clinched the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Senior Marina Bohrer and freshman Erin Faulkner defeated Maggy Lehmicke and Mary Hanna on court one, 8-5, and junior Catherine Parenteau and freshman Athena Trouillot beat Lisa Andersson and Hannah Sulz, 8-4, on court three. MSU won the doubles point for the 14th time this season and is 13-1 when doing so.
In singles, MSU picked up wins on three of the courts. Overall, singles action saw a lot of back and forth between the teams and head coach Simone Jardim noted singles play was a "rollercoaster." After MSU won the doubles point, Nebraska came back to win the next two points. Bohrer picked up her 14th win of the spring season and defeated Lehmicke on court one, 6-4, 6-2. Parenteau gave MSU a 3-2 lead after she won a three-set match on court three, beating Andersson 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Nebraska evened up the match at three all after winning on court five.
With the score tied, the match was going to depend upon the outcome of Athena Trouillot's match on court six against Hannah Sulz. Trouillot grabbed the first set 6-4. She dropped the second set in a tiebreaker, losing 7-5 in the breaker. In the final third set, Trouillot was on the brink of losing the match, trailing 5-3, but that's when she made her comeback. She pushed the match to a tie at five all and then after Sulz went ahead 6-5, Trouillot tied it up at six all and pushed it to a tiebreak. Trouillot came up clutch and stepped up in the match-deciding tiebreaker, winning 7-3.
"I knew there was a lot on the line, and I would have to come up with something big," Trouillot said. "The support of my teammates was unbelievable. I told myself you shouldn't play to lose, you have to play to win and that you are going to have to take it because they aren't going to give it to you. So I went and took it."
Trouillot is 14-3 overall in dual play, including a 3-1 mark in conference play.
The match between the Spartans and Cornhuskers lasted just over five hours.
MSU stays on the road on Sunday at it travels to Iowa. Match time is set to begin at 12 p.m. ET.
1) Bohrer/Faulkner (MSU) def. Lehmicke/Hanna (NEB) 8-5
2) Meyers/Gruber (MSU) vs. Zeppernick/Zgierska (NEB) 6-5, unfinished
3) Trouillot/Parenteau (MSU) def. Andersson/Sulz (NEB) 8-4
1) Bohrer (MSU) def. Lehmicke (NEB) 6-4, 6-2
2) Zgierska (NEB) def. Faulkner (MSU) 6-3, 6-3
3) Parenteau (MSU) def. Andersson (NEB) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
4) Hanna (NEB) def. Meyers (MSU) 6-3, 6-3
5) Zeppernick (NEB) def. Chernova (MSU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
6) Trouillot (MSU) def. Sulz (NEB) 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(3)