April 7, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Michigan State women's tennis team dropped its third-straight conference match to No. 57 Minnesota, 5-2, on Saturday. Seniors Pascale Schnitzer and Jessica Baron, put MSU on the board in the loss. The Spartans fall to 11-7 (1-4 Big Ten) with the loss, while the Golden Gophers improve their record to 9-8 (2-4 Big Ten).
"We really beat ourselves today in doubles and it carried over into singles," said MSU head coach Erica Perkins. "Minnesota played a smart match from top to bottom and we just didn't out enough balls in the court on the big points.
"That being said, this team has come a long way from the start of the season and I am confident we will go out tomorrow and improve as a team. Pascale Schnitzer and Jessica Baron fought extremely hard in singles and competed like the veterans that they are."
The Spartans dropped the doubles point for only the third time this season, with seniors Jessica Baron and Sarah Andrews claiming the only Spartan doubles win. The duo improved its record to 16-1 with the victory.
At No. 1, Christine Bader and Stephanie Kebler were topped by Lindsay Risebrough and Ashley Schellhas, 8-1. Baron and Andrews claimed the next match for the Spartans at No. 3, defeating Karina Chiarelli and Danielle Mousseau, 8-4. At No. 2, Ana Milosavljevic and Pascale Schnitzer were bested by Tijana Koprivica and Ida Malmber, 8-6, giving the Golden Gophers a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
In singles, MSU lost the first four matches, before Schnitzer and Baron put the Spartans on the board.
Bader was blanked by Schellhas at No. 1 (6-0, 6-0), while Kebler dropped the next match to Koprivica (6-0, 6-1) at No. 2. Sophomore Marianne Eelens was the next to fall at No. 5, to Risebrough (6-3, 6-2). With the victory Risebrough clinched the match for Minnesota as the Golden Gophers held a 4-0 lead.
Despite a 6-3 loss in the first set, Milosavljevic nearly rallied in the second set to defeat Chiarelli at No. 6, before falling 7-5. The victory was the last for the Golden Gophers, as MSU picked up the next two matches for the 5-2 final.
Schnitzer earned MSU's first point, defeating Mousseau (6-2, 6-3) at No. 3, while Baron added the second point at No. 4. Baron fell behind after a 6-2 loss in the first set, but blanked Malmberg in the second set. Baron held on for the victory claiming the final set 6-4.
MSU will continue conference play against No. 55 Iowa on Sunday. Match time is set for 11 a.m. at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex in Iowa City, Iowa.