April 22, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In their final home match of the season, the Michigan State women's tennis team (8-14, 0-11 Big Ten) was edged by No. 50 Penn State, 4-3, in an exciting match. Three Spartans recorded singles wins, while the duo of sophomore Marina Bohrer and redshirt junior Dana Guentert notched a doubles victory.
The Spartans had great energy right from the start of the match. Bohrer and Guentert battled it out with Carmen Sandor and Fernanda Perrotta on court two to capture a doubles victory, 9-7.
The tandem of sophomore Katarina Lingl and Julianne Gruber also fought hard in their doubles match, but fell to Nina Sertic and Marie Bedard, 9-7, at the No. 3 spot. Penn State's Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting dropped juniors Michaela Silesova and Nicole Herzog, 8-3.
Bohrer was able to notch her fourth straight singles victory on court two when she dropped Utting, 6-2, 6-3. She finishes the season at 12-7 in singles play. The Spartans pulled ahead, 2-1, in the match once Herzog won her match against Perrotta. After being blanked by Perrotta in the first set, 6-0, Herzog regained her composure and dropped her opponent, 6-2. Herzog then won the third set, 6-1, on court three.
PSU came back to tie the match once Januskova recorded a three-set victory over Chernova at the No. 1 spot. Chernova won the first match played between the two with an impressive 7-6 victory. Januskova took the second two sets, 6-0, 6-1.
It was then Lingl's turn to bring the Spartans' lead back. On court four, Lingl defeated Sertic, 6-4, before falling, 6-1. She won the third set, 6-4, to record her 11th singles victory. Guentert, who was honored prior to the match for her dedication to the program over her last four years at MSU, fell in her final home match of her career. After winning the first set 6-3, Guentert lost the next two to Bedard, 6-2, 6-2.
This tied the match again, leaving it to the match on court four to decide the victory. Sandor dropped SIlesova, 6-4, in the first set before Silesova came back to win the second, 6-1. The two tied up the second match 6-6, sending it into a tiebreaker. Sandor edged Silesova, 7-1, in the tiebreaker, which gave the Nittany Lions the win.
The Spartans head to Columbus next weekend to compete in the Big Ten tournament, hosted by Ohio State.
Michigan State Women's Tennis Results vs. Penn State
No. 50 Penn State 4, Michigan State 3
East Lansing, Mich.
MSU Indoor Tennis Facility
1.Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting (PSU) def. Michaela Silesova/Nicole Herzog (MSU): 8-3
2.Marina Bohrer/Dana Guentert (MSU) def. Carmen Sandor/Fernanda Perrotta (PSU): 9-7
3.Nina Sertic/Marie Bedard (PSU) def. Katarina Lingl/Julianne Gruber (MSU): 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1.Petra Januskova (PSU) def. Olga Chernova (MSU): 6-7, 6-0,6-1
2.Marina Bohrer (MSU) def. Chelsea Utting (PSU): 6-2, 6-3
3.Nicole Herzog (MSU) def. Ferndanda Perrotta (PSU): 0-6, 6-2, 6-1
4.Carmen Sandor (PSU) def. Michaela Silesova (MSU): 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-1)*
5.Katarina Lingl (MSU) def. Nina Sertic (PSU): 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
6.Marie Bedard (PSU) def. Dana Guentert (MSU): 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1, 5, 6, 4*