April 13, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 60 Michigan State women's tennis team finished its weekend of Big Ten matches with a split after falling to No. 61 Minnesota Sunday afternoon at the MSU Outdoor Courts. On Senior Day, the Gophers edged out the Spartans, 4-3. MSU's record stands at 17-6 overall and 5-4 in conference play.
The Spartans lost by a 4-3 final for just the second time this season. MSU had previously won three straight matches when the score was 4-3. MSU is 3-2 this season in matches decided by one point.
MSU won the doubles point for the 17th time in 23 matches, however, MSU lost for only the second time all season after winning the doubles point. No. 57 ranked Marina Bohrer and Erin Faulkner won on court one, 8-3, over Tereza Brichacova and Jessika Mozia. Bohrer and Faulkner improved to 15-4 on the season, including 6-3 in Big Ten play. The duo has also won their last four matches in a row. Junior Catherine Parenteau and freshman Athena Trouillot clinched the point for MSU with an 8-6 win on court three against Aria Lambert and Paula Rincon Otero.
In singles, MSU was able to win two of the six matches. Bohrer won her team-high 18th match of the spring with a 6-0, 7-6(0) defeat of Brichacova on court one. Bohrer, ranked No. 120 nationally, has won her last four singles matches in a row, in addition to winning her last four doubles matches in a row, giving her a cumulative eight-match winning streak. She also improved to 6-3 in Big Ten play.
Parenteau picked up the other win for the Spartans on court three. She defeated Mozia, 6-4, 6-4, to claim her 12th win of the spring and her fifth conference win. Parenteau has won her last four of five matches.
The Spartans had opportunities to close out the match, but came up short. Sophomore Emily Meyers had two match points on court four in the third set up 5-4 but Minnesota fought them off and Meyers ended up losing in a grueling three-set match, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(3). Trouillot also came up short in her three-set match, falling 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3.
MSU wraps up the regular-season portion of its schedule next weekend on the road as it faces No. 37 Purdue on Saturday and No. 41 Indiana on Sunday. The Big Ten Tournament will be held April 24-27 in Evanston, Ill.
1) #57 Bohrer/Faulkner (MSU) def. Brichacova/Mozia (UM) 8-3
2) Courter/Pintusava (UM) def. Meyers/Gruber (MSU) 8-4
3) Parenteau/Trouillot (MSU) def. Lambert/Rincon Otero (UM) 8-6
1) #120 Bohrer (MSU) def. Brichacova (UM) 6-0, 7-6(0)
2) Pintusava (UM) def. Faulkner (MSU) 6-4, 7-5
3) Parenteau (MSU) def. Mozia (UM) 6-4, 6-4
4) Courter (UM) def. Meyers (MSU) 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(3)
5) Lambert (UM) def. Chernova (MSU) 6-0, 6-1
6) Vujic (UM) def. Trouillot (MSU) 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3