April 12, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Playing in its first match as a ranked team this season, the No. 60 Michigan State women's tennis team blew past Wisconsin, winning 6-1 Saturday afternoon at the MSU Outdoor Courts. The Spartans improved to 17-5 overall and 5-3 in Big Ten play.
MSU tallied its 17th win of the season Saturday, which is the most since it won a school-record 18 in 1990-91. The Spartans also won their fifth conference contest of the season, which is the most since they won a school-record seven in 1990-91.
"It comes to the point where we started the year knowing this team could be good," head coach Simone Jardim said. "I really didn't honestly know how good we could be, but I think when we come out on days like today, I think this is when we can do anything they want. It's in their hands, they are a very capable team. Like I've said so many times, one through six we're good. If they want to go all the way, they can go all the way and break all sorts of records and I'll be happy for them and I'll be extremely happy for the seniors because I feel like they have worked very hard in the last four years and now they are getting the benefits of it."
MSU opened up strong in doubles, winning two of the three matches and leading 7-3 in the third match before it was abandoned because the point was already clinched. On court one, the tandem of senior Marina Bohrer and freshman Erin Faulkner, ranked No. 57 nationally, took care of business over Lauren Chypyha and Lauren Burcih, 8-2. On court two, junior Julianne Gruber and sophomore Emily Meyers jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and won 8-3 against Nova Patel and Anastasia Tripolskay. Junior Catherine Parenteau and freshman Athena Trouillot were leading 7-3 on court three.
In singles, MSU won all six first sets en route to winning five of the six matches. Trouillot gave MSU a 2-0 lead as she made quick work of Becca Bailey on court six, cruising to a 6-0, 6-1 win. At one point during the match, Trouillot won 10 straight games. Faulkner put MSU up 3-0 as she won her fourth conference match of the season, dismantling Lauren Burich on court two, 6-2, 6-1.
Bohrer, ranked 120th nationally in singles, clinched the fourth point for the Spartans as she took down Lauren Chypyha on the top court, 6-1, 6-3. Bohrer improved her conference record to 5-3 and has won her last three in a row.
"This year my goal was to get at least five Big Ten wins so I'm happy I reached that," Bohrer said. "(Chypyha's) a very good player and playing outside I feel like I was able to adapt better to the wind and I came out ready to take the win."
Meyers grabbed her 11th win of the spring season, defeating Nova Patel on court four, 6-2, 6-4. Meyers trailed 4-1 in the second set before she surged back to win five straight games and claim the match. Senior Olga Chernova gave MSU its sixth point of the day with her 6-2, 6-4 win over Sydney Rider on court five.
Assistant coach Tyler Faulkner noted the emphases the team had in practice this week came across well during today's match.
"For us, the big thing was coming out and practicing with some intensity because we knew this was a big match for us," he said. "We really needed a win here so that was the biggest thing, just having that intensity, being aggressive, working on coming forward and finishing points at the net. They did pretty well at it and it translated across all three courts in doubles, all six courts in singles and couldn't really ask for much more than that."
Notes from Wisconsin
- MSU won the doubles point for the 16th time in 22 matches. The Spartans are 15-1 (.938) when winning the doubles point.
- Bohrer and Faulkner, ranked No. 57 in the nation in doubles, recorded their third straight win on Saturday. The duo are 14-4 in the spring, including 5-3 in conference play.
- Bohrer and Chernova each recorded singles wins, placing them tied for the most on the team this spring with 17. Bohrer and Chernova are also tied with Trouillot for most conference wins on the team, with each one posting a 5-3 Big Ten record.
- Trouillot's 16th win of the spring was also her 23rd win overall in her freshman campaign, which is second-most in school history for most wins through one season. Trouillot passed Bohrer, who recorded 22 wins in 2010-11, and trails Alicia Leone, who had 27 wins in 1990-91.
- Faulkner's 13th win of the spring was also her 17th win overall in her freshman season, which is now tied for fifth-most in school history for most wins through one season.
- Meyers recorded her 11th win of the spring and her 17th win overall this season. She has record 35 wins during her first two years, which is fourth-most in school history for most wins through two seasons. Alicia Leone is in first with a 42-10 mark through two seasons, Sarah Andrews is second at 41-33, Monty Gettys and Christine Bader are tied for third with 37 wins apiece.
- MSU improved to 12-3 at home this season, including 3-2 in Big Ten play.
The Spartans host their last home match of the season tomorrow at 12 p.m. against No. 61 Minnesota. The match is scheduled to be played inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility due to the rainy forecast. Admission is free.
Fans are encouraged to come early tomorrow, as all five seniors will be honored on their Senior Day beginning at 11:30 a.m.
1) #57 Bohrer/Faulkner (MSU) def. Chypyha/Burich (UW) 8-2
2) Meyers/Gruber (MSU) def. Patel/Tripolskay (UW) 8-3
3) Parenteau/Trouillot (MSU) vs. Bailey/Rider (UW) 7-3, unfinished
1) #120 Bohrer (MSU) def. Chypyha (UW) 6-1, 6-3
2) Faulkner (MSU) def. Burich (UW) 6-2, 6-1
3) Tripolskay (UW) def. Parenteau (MSU) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(10-7)
4) Meyers (MSU) def. Patel (UW) 6-2, 6-4
5) Chernova (MSU) def. Rider (UW) 6-2, 6-4
6) Trouillot (MSU) def. Bailey (UW) 6-0, 6-1