Spartans Fall To Northwestern In Big Ten Tournament, 4-1
Freshman Samantha Memije picked up a win in her first Big Ten Tournament.
Champaign, Ill. - The Michigan State women's tennis team fell in it's opening match of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday evening in Champaign, Ill. The No. 3-seeded Wildcats defeated the No. 6-seeded Spartans 4-1, and MSU is now 17-8 on the season.
"I think we can only grow from this," said head coach Kim Bruno. "We struggled a little bit today and I can only hope we grow from it, learn from it and get ready for the next opportunity you have that, because it doesn't come around that frequently."
Freshman Samantha Memije picked up a win in her first Big Ten Tournament action, defeating Jillian Rooney in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6. After falling behind 5-1 in the second set, Memije rallied and eventually won in the tiebreaker to earn the win.
"Sammie has gotten better and tougher in each match she has played," said Bruno. "She let her forehand fly and put it on her racket and let it fly. Even being down in the second set, she came back and won it in the tiebreaker. Excellent job by a freshman to step up in that moment."
Northwestern (14-10) earned the doubles point by winning on courts one and two, both by a score of 6-3. The Wildcats then won at court one and three in singles to take a 3-0 lead before Memije cut it to 3-1. Maddie Lipp then won, 6-2, 6-1 at court two to secure the victory for Northwestern. NU advances to take on No. 2 seed Michigan tomorrow.
"I think on the big stage when we all needed to fire it up and come together, we didn't do that unfortunately," said Bruno. "We can't get those moments back, we can only learn from them. We can already look forward to next year and know that we had an outstanding season. We keep our heads up and look forward to the next moment we can all be together doing it again."