MSU Women's Tennis Blanked By No. 17 Illinois, 7-0
April 18, 2004
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Michigan State women's tennis team upset a nationally-ranked Purdue team yesterday, but couldn't pull off the weekend sweep as No. 17 Illinois proved to be too much for the Spartans in a 7-0 Illini victory. Michigan State slipped to 8-11 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten, while Illinois, which shares the Big Ten lead, improved to 17-3 overall and 8-1 in the conference.
"We didn't put forth the effort that we did yesterday," said MSU head coach Tim Buaer. "Our attitude made the difference. It's hardest to have the right attitude when you're a tough match. We were able to do that yesterday, but not able to today."
Michigan State was without sophomore Shelley Brady (Grand Blanc, Mich.) due to injury for the second straight day, but couldn't overcome the disadvantage today. Illinois started quickly, winning all three doubles matches to secure the first point.
In singles, Illinois again struck quickly, claiming five of the six matches in straight sets. Freshman Jessica Baron (Miami, Fla.) put up the biggest fight, winning the opening set at No. 5 against Eva Choe 6-1, before dropping the second set by an identical 6-1 score. In a third-set super-tiebreaker, Choe came out on top, 10-7.
"I think this trip overall showed two sides to our team," said Bauer. "I was disappointed today, but I'm optimistic that if we can have the attitude that we had Saturday, we'll finish the season on a high note."
Michigan State will complete the regular season with a pair of home matches next weekend. The Spartans will host Wisconsin Saturday (April 24) and Northwestern Sunday (April 25), with both matches beginning at 10 a.m.
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