Oct. 27, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The fall portion of the schedule has been completed by the Michigan State women's tennis team as they wrapped up the second day of their own Green & White Invitational on Sunday. Play was held at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
Day two's action had the Spartans matching up with Louisville and Western Michigan for doubles and Eastern Michigan for singles. MSU played in 13 matches and totaled 10 wins.
"I think we performed well," assistant coach Tyler Faulkner said. "We played against three teams that we played last year and did well. It's a good test for where we are and what we need to get better at. All in all, going into the spring it was a good performance and I think we'll be ready once we get going into January."
Overall, MSU had 11 players participate in the two-day tournament.
MSU won both doubles matches over Louisville. Marina Bohrer and Erin Faulkner defeated Rebecca Shine and Cassie Pough 8-4. Catherine Parenteau and Athena Trouillot beat Olivia Boesing and Elle Stokes 8-1.
The Spartans went 2-1 against Western Michigan in doubles. Bohrer and Faulkner beat Caroline Aleck and Nini Sujashvili 6-4. The duo of Julianne Gruber and Emily Meyers won 6-2 over Kelsey King and Yuriko Ono. Parenteau and Trouillot lost 6-3 to Tracy Kuhle and Meika Ashby.
MSU won six of their eight matches over Eastern Michigan. Bohrer won 6-4, 6-4 over Diana Davitaia. Faulkner, playing in the No. 2 singles spot, fell to Klara Supejova 7-6, 6-4. Olga Chernova took down Ankita Bhatia 6-3, 7-5. Meyers beat Mariya Toncheva 6-2, 7-6. Trouillot was victorious over Maria Paula Ribero 6-4, 6-2. Gruber defeated Daphne Friedrichs 6-2, 6-1. Hilary Hager lost 6-4, 6-1 to Zsofia Biro. Anna Zelechonok had Hager's back though and beat Biro 2-6, 6-3, 11-9 in a match contested earlier in the day.
Fall schedule wrap-up
For their fall schedule, MSU competed in two team tournaments and also sent selected team members to the ITA Midwest Regionals. Bohrer also competed in the nationally-recognized ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Overall for the fall, Bohrer posted a 2-3 singles record. One of her losses came in the first round of singles prequalifying at the ITA All-American and another loss came in the second round of the ITA Midwest Regionals singles main draw. Bohrer, a senior co-captain, also teamed with Faulkner to post a 3-0 doubles record.
Faulkner compiled a 4-3 singles record. She finished second in Draw A for singles at the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational Sept. 27-29. Faulkner was also selected to compete in the singles main draw of the ITA Midwest Regionals but had to withdraw due to injury.
Chernova tallied a 5-4 singles record. She went 2-2 in Draw A during the Spartan Invitational. She lost in her first match of the singles qualifying bracket at the ITA Midwest Regionals.
Meyers had a productive fall and finished 6-3 in singles. She finished 2-2 in the Spartan Invitational competing in Draw A singles. Meyers also played in the singles qualifier for the ITA Midwest Regionals. The sophomore picked up a quality win over Notre Dame in the first round but lost to Ohio State in the second round. She also went 3-0 in singles at the Green & White Invitational.
Trouillot also posted a solid fall record, going 6-2. The freshman finished 3-1 at the Spartan Invitational competing in Draw B singles. She also played in the singles qualifier for the ITA Midwest Regionals and won her first-round match against Cleveland State but lost to Ohio State in the second round. Trouillot went 2-0 at the Green & White Invitational.
Gruber went 4-3 for the fall. She started the season 1-3 after the Spartan Invitational, but rebounded well to earn a win in the consolation bracket at the ITA Midwest Regionals and then picked up two wins at the Green & White Invitational.
Hager tallied a 1-3 fall singles record, going 1-2 at the Spartan Invitational and 0-1 at the Green & White Invitational.
Senior co-captain Katarina Lingl finished the fall 0-5 after going winless at the two home tournaments.
Jennifer Yen compiled a 1-5 fall singles record.
Senior Christina Brown competed at the Spartan Invitational and went 0-2. She did not play in the Green & White Invitational.
Junior Catherine Parenteau went 2-1 in doubles for the fall. She did not compete in the Spartan Invitational.
Freshman Anna Zelechonok went 2-2 for the fall. She went 1-2 at the Spartan Invitational and 1-0 in the Green & White Invitational.
Freshman Emmy Virkus finished the fall with a 2-2 record after posting that record at the Spartan Invitational. She did not play in the Green & White Invitational.
The spring dual season will being Jan. 19, 2014, as MSU will welcome in Toledo and Detroit for a pair of matches.
"A little less willing to beat ourselves and forcing them - our opponents - to work hard and win their own points basically," Faulkner said on areas of focus for the team between now and Jan. 19. "All in all, from point to point being a little bit tougher, playing those a little bit smarter and I think we'll be fine if we can make those adjustments."
Results from Sunday's Green & White Invitational:
Eastern Michigan vs. Louisville: - MSU played for Louisville in 3rd doubles
Shine/Boesing (UL) def. Davitaia/Ribero (EMU) 8-1
Pough/Stokes (UL) def. Supejova/Friedrichs (EMU) 8-5
Bhatia/Toncheva (EMU) def. Yen/Lingl (MSU) 8-3
Western Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan:
Sujashvili/Aleck (WMU) def. Davitaia/Ribero (EMU) 8-7 (1)
Ashby/Kuhle (WMU) def. Supejova/Friedrichs (EMU) 8-0
Bhatia/Toncheva (EMU) def. Ono/King (WMU) 8-6
Louisville vs. Western Michigan: - MSU played for Louisville in 6 and 7 singles
Shine (UL) def. Sujashvili (WMU) 6-1, 6-1
Pough (UL) def. King (WMU) 6-0, 7-5
Ashby (WMU) def. Stokes (UL) 6-2, 6-2
Boesing (UL) def. Aleck (WMU) 7-5, 4-6, 13-11
Ono (WMU) def. Lingl (MSU) 5-7, 6-2, 11-9
Kuhle (WMU) def. Yen (MSU) 6-4, 6-4
MSU vs. Louisville:
Bohrer/Faulkner (MSU) def. Shine/Pough (UL) 8-4
Parenteau/Trouillot (MSU) def. Boesing/Stokes (UL) 8-1
MSU vs. Western Michigan:
Bohrer/Faulkner (MSU) def. Aleck/Sujashvili (WMU) 6-4
Kuhle/Ashby (WMU) def. Parenteau/Trouillot (MSU) 6-3
Gruber/Meyers (MSU) def. King/Ono (WMU) 6-2
MSU vs. Eastern Michigan:
Bohrer (MSU) def. Davitaia (EMU) 6-4, 6-4
Supejova (EMU) def. Faulkner (MSU) 7-6, 6-4
Chernova (MSU) def. Bhatia (EMU) 6-3, 7-5
Meyers (MSU) def. Toncheva (EMU) 6-2, 7-6
Trouillot (MSU) def. Ribero (EMU) 6-4, 6-2
Gruber (MSU) def. Friedrichs (EMU) 6-2, 6-1
Biro (EMU) def. Hager (MSU) 6-4, 6-1
Zelechonok (MSU) def. Biro (EMU) 2-6, 6-3, 11-9