April 24, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
April 24, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team dropped a tough match today as No. 50 Wisconsin defeated the Spartans, 5-2. The Badgers improve to 12-9 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten as the Spartans fall to 8-12, 3-6.
Although the Spartans were unable to pick up a win in doubles, singles proved that the Spartans have tough competitors at the No. 1 and No. 4 singles position as junior Keri Thompson and freshman Pascale Schnitzer recorded the only two points for the Spartans.
"I think individually they are all improving," said head coach Tim Bauer. "It's just that some days you'll have it, and some you won't. Both Thompson and Schnitzer are helping lead the way for us and today they had excellent victories. With performances like today's they are starting to settle into leadership roles."
Thompson kept the hope alive for the Spartans as she defeated nationally-ranked No. 75 Katie McGaffigan, 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 1 singles spot.
"All my matches have always been about my mentality," said Thompson. "Today I knew I wasn't going to lose. I was focusing on each point and I wasn't going to give any away."
In a struggle to the end, Schnitzer was able to record a win after losing the first set, 3-6. Schnitzer continued to fight back in the next two sets as she defeated Lindsay Martin, 6-1, 6-1.
"I had to change my strategy in order to be successful today," said Schnitzer. "In the first set, my opponent was playing flat so I adjusted for the next two."
MSU sophomore Shelley Brady was unable to compete due to injury, which opened a spot for junior Karen Gustafson. Wisconsin's Teresa Gonzaga defeated Gustafson at the No. 6 spot 6-4, 7-6(3). At the No. 5 spot, UW's Kaylan Caiati defeated freshman Jessica Baron, 6-3, 7-5. At No. 3 singles, the Badgers' Caitlin Burke defeated freshman Sarah Andrews, 6-1 in both sets. At the No. 2 spot, UW's Shana McElroy defeated senior Caroline Lay, 6-1, 6-4.
In doubles, the No. 2 spot saw Burke and Gonzago defeat Schnitzer and Andrews, 8-5. At the No. 3 spot Caiati and McElroy battled Gustafson and Baron for an 8-6 victory, securing a win for the Badgers. At No. 1 the team of Martin and McGaffigan defeated Thompson and Lay, 8-3, giving the Badgers the lead at 1-0 entering singles play.
"We need to focus on our match tomorrow against Northwestern and then we'll start to focus on the Big Ten Championship," said Bauer. "I think we'll have a chance for a big win."
The Spartans will remain at home tomorrow to conclude their regular season with a final match tomorrow against No. 10 Northwestern
East Lansing, Mich.
Michigan State 2
Singles: No. 1
Keri Thompson (MSU) def. No. 75 Katie McGaffigan (UW) - 6-4, 6-1 No. 2 Shana McElroy (UW) def. Caroline Lay (MSU) - 6-1, 6-4 No. 3 Caitlin Burke (UW) def. Sarah Andrews (MSU) - 6-1, 6-1 No. 4 Pascale Schnitzer (MSU) def. Lindsay Martin (UW) - 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 No. 5 Kaylan Caiati (UW) def. Jessica Baron (MSU) - 6-3, 7-5 No. 6 Teresa Gonzaga (UW) def. Karen Gustafson (MSU) - 6-4, 7-6(3)
Doubles: No. 1 Martin/McGaffigan (UW) def. Lay/Thompson (MSU) - 8-3 No. 2 Burke/Gonzaga (UW) def. Andrews/Schnitzer(MSU) - 8-5 No. 3 Caiati/McElroy (UW) def. Barron/Gustafson (MSU) - 8-6