Women's Tennis Falls To No. 55 Iowa, 6-1
April 8, 2007
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Michigan State women's tennis team dropped to No. 55 Iowa, 6-1, on Sunday. Senior Sarah Andrews came away with the lone victory for MSU at No. 4 singles in the loss. Michigan State dropped to 11-8 (1-5 Big Ten), while Iowa advanced to 8-8 (4-2 Big Ten).
"Iowa played very tough competitive tennis against us today," said MSU head coach Erica Perkins. "Although we are making strides, we are still struggling to capitalize on the big points. Sarah Andrews has been working very hard this semester and I was happy for her to come up with a big singles win."
The Spartans dropped two of the three doubles matches giving Iowa a 1-0 advantage heading into singles play. Andrews and classmate Jessica Baron defeated Kayla Berry and Kelcie Klockenga, 8-4, at No. 3. Sophomore Ana Milosavljevic and senior Pascale Schnitzer fell at No. 2 in the closest of the doubles matches, 8-6, to Merel Beelen and Hillary Mintz. At No. 1, Junior Christine Bader and sophomore Stephanie Kebler were defeated by Jacqueline Lee and Milica Veselinovic, 8-4, allowing the Hawkeyes to pick up the doubles point.
The Spartans dropped four-straight singles matches, as the Hawkeyes picked up their fourth Big Ten victory. Milosavljevic was defeated by Klockenga at No. 6 (6-2, 6-2), while Kebler was bested at No. 3 by Mintz (7-6 (8-6), 6-3). At No. 1, Iowa's Lee came from behind to defeat Bader in a three-set match to clinch the victory for the Hawkeye's (4-6, 6-1, 6-4).
At No. 5, Jessica Baron was bested by Beelen, also in three sets. Baron claimed the first set, 7-5, but Beelen forced a tiebreaker by winning the second, 6-4. In the breaker, Beelen claimed the win, 1-0 (10-4).
In the only Spartan victory, Andrews fought her way to a three-set victory at No. 4, besting Berry in come from behind fashion. Andrews dropped the first set, 6-2, but came up with a big 7-6 second set, followed by a 7-5 third set.
Schnitzer was narrowly defeated by Veselinovic at No. 2 in the final match of the day. After falling in the first set 6-2, Schnitzer rebounded with a 7-5 second-set victory, before falling, 7-6 (7-1) in the third set, for the 6-1 final score.
Michigan State will continue conference play at Penn State on April 14 at 11 a.m.
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