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Michigan State Tops Rutgers, 6-1

April 14, 2018


EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s tennis defeated Rutgers, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. This mark’s the team’s eighth home win of the season.

MSU improves to 14-7 on the season, with a 5-4 mark in conference play, while Rutgers falls to 5-12 and 0-8 in conference play.

“We know what these girls are capable of, so it was just good to get out here, go to work and get it done,” head coach Kim Bruno said. “We’re not used to losing two matches in a weekend so we’re back to where we’re at and we know that we have to finish strong now.”

The Spartans started off the day by securing the doubles point, for the first time since the match against Wisconsin on March 25, giving the team a 1-0 lead going into singles play.

Senior Lexi Baylis and freshman Ava Thielman put the Spartans in the lead for the doubles point with a 6-1 victory over Chloe Lee and Isabelle Da Silva on court three.

The doubles point was clinched at No. 1 doubles, as junior Emily Metcalf and freshman Sara Kuuttila defeated Mingxiu Du and Kat Muzik, 6-3.

Senior Habiba Shaker and junior Davina Nguyen were leading Jaci Cochrane and Maya Jacobs, 6-3, at No. 2 doubles when the point was clinched.

At No. 1 singles Shaker, who played her first match of the season at first singles, blanked Mingxiu Du in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.

On court five, Metcalf defeated Jacobs, 6-3, 6-0, to give the Spartans a 3-0 lead.

The match was clinched on court six, as sophomore Samantha Memije downed Da Silva, 6-3, 6-2, to get her eighth conference win at sixth singles.

Nguyen defeated Cochrane, 7-5, 6-3, on court four and Kuuttila downed Muzik, 6-2, 7-5, 10-7, on court three.

Senior Aslina Chua battled on court two with Lee, but fell 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).

“They got to work and got it done, that’s the most important part. We’re making slight adjustments to try to be better and find some different solutions to some things,” Bruno said. “Is it the exact answer? Maybe not, but as long as they can rise up to the challenge, that’s what’s important.”

The Spartans will return to the court tomorrow afternoon at 12 p.m. to host Maryland to conclude the weekend.



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