April 22, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team closed out its season at home, falling to No. 7 Northwestern, 7-0, on Sunday. Michigan State finishes its regular season with a 12-11 winning record (2-8, Big Ten), while the Wildcats end their season undefeated in Big Ten play (10-0) and 18-4 overall.
"I thought it was a positive weekend all and all," said MSU head coach Erica Perkins. "Obviously it's never good to lose 7-0, but I think we competed point to point in doubles and we did what we set out to do.
"In singles, we challenged some of their players at positions and had some opportunities. I'm happy with the level we were playing at today, and I'm excited for Big Tens next weekend."
In doubles, Northwestern grabbed each of the three matches to earn a 1-0 lead heading into singles play. At No. 2, senior Pascale Schnitzer and sophomore Ana Milosavljevic fought to a 4-3 lead early, but were unable to hang on, eventually falling to Alexis Prousis and Suzie Matzenauer, 8-6. The Spartan No. 1 duo of senior Sarah Andrews and sophomore Stephanie Kebler also dropped their match, 8-6, to Lauren Lui and Keri Robison. Spartan junior Christine Bader and freshman Christine Milliken fell behind early at No. 3, but got within one at 6-7, before being narrowly defeated by Alexis Conill and Samantha Murray.
The Wildcats advanced their lead 2-0, as Milliken was bounced by Matzenauer at No. 6 singles in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. Kebler played a tough first set at No. 3, but eventually dropped to No. 119-ranked Lui, 6-4. Lui earned the win with a 6-1 second set.
At No. 5, MSU sophomore Marianne Eelens was bested by Nazlie Ghazal, 6-3, 6-0. Ghazal sealed the match in favor of Northwestern with the win. Andrews got ahead early in the first set at No. 5, but Robison rallied for a 7-5 victory. Robison went on to win the match with a 6-2 second set.
Despite falling to Prousis, 6-0 in the first set at No. 2, Schnitzer rebounded for a 6-4 second-set win to force a tiebreak set. Schnitzer was unable to come out on top, eventually falling 1-0 (10-6).
In the final match to come off the court, Bader was defeated by No. 38-ranked Murray, 6-2 in the first set. Bader battled to 5-6, before falling 5-7 in the second set.
Michigan State will continue the season at the Big Ten Championships from April 26-29 at the University of Minnesota.