April 15, 2007
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Marianne Eelens posted the lone victory for MSU as the women's tennis team fell to Michigan, 6-1, on Sunday. With the loss, the Spartans' record moves to 11-10 (1-7, Big Tean), while the No. 25-ranked Wolverines improve their record to 13-5 (7-1, Big Ten).
"I am extremely proud of how every player fought and competed today," said MSU head coach Erica Perkins. "Today we represented Michigan State with class and courage. Marianne Eelens had a huge win at No. 5. Hopefully, she can take the momentum from today and build on it."
The Spartans were defeated by the Wolverines in each of the three doubles matches, with Marianne Eelens and Christine Milliken falling to Lindsey Howard and Allie Shafner, 8-0 at No. 3 doubles. The Wolverines secured the doubles point with the next match off the court at No. 1. Jenny Kuehn and Chisako Sugiyama defeated Christine Bader and Pascale Schnitzer, 8-1. Michigan finished off the sweep at No. 2 doubles, in the closest match at No. 2, where Sarah Andrews and Stephanie Kebler were topped by Kara Delicata and Tania Mahtani, 8-6.
Despite pushing three singles matches into a third set, the Spartans were topped in five-straight as Michigan came up with the victory.
Milliken was the first Spartan to fall, at No. 6, to Tanvi Dudhela in identical 6-2 sets. Next off in her debut at No. 1, Schnitzer was defeated by the No. 85-ranked Sugiyama, 6-3, 6-1. Bader was also topped by a ranked player as No. 84 Kuehn defeated her, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2, securing the match in favor of the Wolverines.
At No. 4, Andrews pushed Mahtani into a super breaker by securing a 6-4 second-set win after falling 6-4 in the first set. Mahtani came away victorious in the breaker, 9-7. Kebler fell to Delicata in the same fashion at No. 3, forcing a super breaker after a 6-4 second-set win and a 6-4 first set loss. Kebler was eventually bested 7-2 in the breaker.
Eelens put up the lone Spartan point in the final match to conclude at No. 5. Eelens battled her way to a 7-6 (4) first set, but fell in the second set 6-2. She broke Elizabeth Exon in the breaker 11-9 for the 6-1 team final.
Michigan State will continue Big Ten play next weekend in East Lansing, Mich., facing Wisconsin at 12 p.m. on Saturday and Northwestern in its final regular season match on Sunday at 12 p.m.
No. 1 -- #85 Chisako Sugiyama (U-M) d. Pascale Schnitzer, 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 -- #84 Jenny Kuehn (U-M) d. Christine Bader, 6-2, 6-3
No. 3 -- Kara Delicata (U-M) d. Stephanie Kebler, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(7)
No. 4 -- Tania Mahtani (U-M) d. Sarah Andrews, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0(2)
No. 5 -- Marianne Eelens (MSU) d. Elizabeth Exon, 7-6(4), 2-6, 1-0(9)
No. 6 -- Tanvi Dudhela (U-M) d. Christine Milliken, 6-2, 6-2
No. 1 -- Kuehn/Sugiyama (U-M) d. Bader/Schnitzer, 8-2
No. 2 -- Delicata/Mahtani (U-M) d. Andrews/Kebler, 8-6
No. 3 -- Lindsey Howard/Allie Shafner (U-M) d. Eelens/Milliken, 8-0
Order of Completion: Doubles 3-1-2, Singles 6-1-2-4-3-5