Women's Tennis Opens Play at ITA Midwest Regionals
Three Spartans fall in first day of singles qualifying
Oct. 10, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -
The Michigan State women's tennis team commenced play Thursday at the ITA Midwest Regionals held at the Varsity Tennis Center hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. Thursday served as the first and second rounds of qualifying in the singles bracket.
The Varsity Tennis Center offers a live camera feed of each of its indoor courts and the University of Michigan is offering updated scoring throughout the day. The link to live video and scoring can be found here.
MSU sent three players to the singles qualifying bracket. All three advanced to Thursday afternoon's second round, but each lost in close matches.
Sophomore Emily Meyers began play Thursday morning by defeating Notre Dame's Molly O'Koniewski in three sets, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. In the second round she took on Ohio State's Grainne O'Neill and lost 7-5, 6-2.
Freshman Athena Trouillot beat Kara Sherwood of Cleveland State 6-4, 6-2 in the first round but lost in three sets to Ohio State's Sandy Niehaus 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 in the second round.
Senior Olga Chernova received a first round bye and played against Lauren Burich of Wisconsin. Chernova played a close match but lost 6-4, 7-6 (4). She is 0-2 against Wisconsin this year as she lost also lost to Wisconsin's Lauren Chypyha - 6-0, 6-2 - in the semifinals of the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational Sept. 28.
The first round of the doubles main draw will begin Friday at 2 p.m. The team of Marina Bohrer and Trouillot will face Illinois State's Kadi Ilves and Emmie Marx and Meyers and Julianne Gruber are set to take on DePaul's Kelsey Lawson and Zaina Sufi in the first round.
Bohrer will begin play in the singles main draw on Saturday at 10 a.m.
For results of each day's action, visit www.msuspartans.com.