March 30, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team claimed its second straight Big Ten road victory Sunday afternoon, taking down Iowa, 4-3. Playing in its first outside match of the conference season at the Klotz Outdoor Tennis Courts in Iowa City, Iowa, the Spartans improved to 15-4 on the season and 3-2 in Big Ten play.
MSU has won its last two matches, three of its last four, and eight of its last 10. The Spartans are also 3-2 on the road.
The Spartans' 15 wins this season are the most since the 1990-91 season when MSU won a school-record 18. MSU's 15 wins are tied for third-most in school history. MSU recorded 15 wins in 1986-87 and 16 wins in 1987-88.
Playing outside for the first time in conference play and just the third time this spring, MSU opened up the match by dropping all three doubles matches. It was just the fifth time in 19 matches this season that MSU has lost the doubles point. MSU is 2-3 when losing the doubles point.
The Spartans bounced back convincingly in singles, winning five of six first sets, on their way to winning four of the six matches. MSU won those four matches all in a row as well.
Senior Olga Chernova picked up the first singles win for MSU, winning in straight sets on court five against Katie Zordani 6-2, 6-3. Chernova tallied her 15th win of the spring, which is tied for the team high. Junior Catherine Parenteau pushed MSU out to a 2-1 lead after she took down Shelby Talcott on court three, 6-4, 6-4. Parenteau collected her 10th win of the spring, marking the sixth Spartan this spring who has won at least 10 matches. Freshman Erin Faulkner won her 12th match of the season, taking down Morven McCulloch on court two, 6-4, 7-5.
Freshman Athena Trouillot clinched the fourth point for the Spartans with her 6-2, 7-5 win on court six over Aimee Tarun. Trouillot also earned the match-clinching point for MSU on Friday at Nebraska when she won in a thrilling, three-set tiebreaker. Trouillot's win against Iowa was her 15th of the spring, tied for the team lead.
"Tyler (Faulkner) and I weren't happy after doubles," head coach Simone Jardim said. "We played outside and we didn't adapt well to the elements. After doubles, the team brought themselves together and really did it. It wasn't us coaches telling them to get it together, they did it for themselves. It was a whole team effort."
After completing three consecutive matches on the road, MSU returns home next weekend to face No. 37 Illinois on April 5 and No. 11 Northwestern on April 6.
1) Seaborne/McCulloch (Iowa) def. Bohrer/Faulkner (MSU) 8-3
2) Silver/Talcott (Iowa) vs. Meyers/Gruber (MSU) 7-3, unfinished
3) Tarun/Zordani (Iowa) def. Parenteau/Trouillot (MSU) 8-5
1) Seaborne (Iowa) def. Bohrer (MSU) 1-6, 6-4, 1-0(10-8)
2) Faulkner (MSU) def. McCulloch (Iowa) 6-4, 7-5
3) Parenteau (MSU) def. Talcott (Iowa) 6-4, 6-4
4) Dohanics (Iowa) def. Meyers (MSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
5) Chernova (MSU) def. Zordani (Iowa) 6-2, 6-3
6) Trouillot (MSU) def. Tarun (Iowa) 6-2, 7-5