Women's Tennis Concludes Fall Season at Louisville Tennis Classic
Spartans have success in both singles and doubles play.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Michigan State women’s tennis team concluded its fall season Sunday at the Louisville Tennis Classic. The team competed in the tournament from Friday, Nov. 3 to Sunday, Nov. 5 with teams from Ball State, Louisville, West Virginia.
The teams competed in a hidden-dual format, commencing with an opening doubles round on Friday. The first two days of competition began with a doubles doubleheader, followed by singles matchups between No. 7 and No. 8 players, before concluding with a traditional team singles round.
Overall, the Spartans went 20-2 in singles play and had a record of 9-3 in doubles.
“We came together as a team and really put together a couple of gritty performances. I think it’s a great way to end our fall campaign and go into our spring season with some confidence,” head coach Kim Bruno said. “We started acting and performing better as a team. I just saw us playing better, bigger, smarter, earning smarter points. All around better tennis.”
MSU started off strong in doubles play as they went 2-1 against West Virginia and 2-1 against Louisville on the opening day of the tournament.
The duo of juniors Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen, who are ranked No. 14 in the ITA National Doubles Preseason Rankings, went 2-1 as they earned wins over Christina Jordan and Sofia Duran of West Virginia, 6-4, and Isabelle Dohanics and Audrey Berger of Ball State, 6-2.
Seniors Habiba Shaker and Lexi Baylis paired to earn a win over West Virginia’s Paula Goetz and Giovanna Caputa 6-3 during Friday’s doubles competition. Shaker then paired with freshman Sara Kuuttila to defeat Louisville’s Raven Neely and Ariana Rodriguez 6-4 and West Virginia’s Christina Jordan and Sofia Duran 7-5.
Sophomore Samantha Memije went 2-1 in doubles play. Memije paired with Kuuttila to take down Ball State’s Rebecca Harrington and Sarah Swiderski 6-2. She then paired with Baylis to defeat Sena Suswam and Tiffany Huber of Louisville 6-3.
Senior Aslina Chua went 1-1 in doubles as she partnered with Shaker for a victory against Ball State’s Victoria Sec and Julia Sbircea 6-4.
MSU downed Ball State 5-1, Louisville 5-1 and West Virginia 5-1 in singles play throughout the tournament.
Michigan State had seven Spartans go undefeated in singles play this weekend with Chua, Shaker, Kuuttila and Nguyen all going 3-0. Memije went also went 2-0 as well as Baylis and Thielman securing records of 2-0 in the 7,8 matches. Sophomore Julia Fenn also went 1-0 in singles over the weekend.
In 7,8 singles matches, Baylis and Thielman each defeated Anna Collins of Louisville and West Virginia’s Kristen White. Baylis defeated White 6-1, 6-0 and Collins 6-2, 6-4. Thielman also downed White 6-1, 6-0 and Collins 6-2, 6-0.
“It’s all about continuing to grow and I think we did that this fall,” Bruno added. “We still need to keep getting better at a couple things and just get to work. We’re pumped, we feel good right now. We proved that we can beat some good teams.”
The Spartans will return to the court to kick off their spring season on Friday, Jan. 19 as they host Grand Canyon and Xavier at the Varsity Tennis Center.