Jan. 17, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team will open its spring season when they host University of Dayton at 12 p.m. and Oakland University at 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 19th. All matches will take place at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
“We are excited to get the season started,” said head coach Simone Jardim. “We have worked hard and gotten ourselves ready to compete. I’m confident that our hard work will pay off this weekend and I look forward to seeing what our team can do.”
Michigan State finished the fall tournaments owning a singles record of 23-21 and doubles teams record of 11-11. Leading the Spartans in singles were senior Nicole Herzog and freshman Emily Meyers, who both notched records of 4-1. Junior Marina Bohrer tallied four wins and two losses during the singles matches in the fall.
Junior Jennifer Yen teamed up with Meyers as they compiled three wins in their undefeated doubles tournament winning streak. Junior Katarina Lingl and sophomore Julianne Gruber also helped lead the Spartans in the doubles match up as they registered a 3-2 record in the fall.
At the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational, Bohrer placed second in the Draw A Singles bracket. Bohrer defeated Marquette, University of Illinois-Chicago and Xavier before facing Purdue in the final match.
The 2013 Team
The Michigan State women’s tennis team returns two seniors this season, Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova. Four juniors return to the court including Marina Bohrer, Olga Chernova, Katarina Lingl and Jennifer Yen. Julianne Gruber and Hilary Hager return as sophomores and are joined by transfer Catherine Parenteau. Junior Christina Brown joins the Spartan roster after competing on the MSU club team during her freshman and sophomore year. Naperville, Ill. native Emily Meyers joins the lineup as the only freshman for the season.
The University of Dayton begins its season on Friday at noon in a match against Butler. The Flyers are coached by Ryan Meyer who joined the staff this past fall. Meyers previously was the head coach at Thomas More College for four years. Dayton’s lineup consists of two freshman, three sophomores and three juniors on the roster.
The Spartans faced the Flyers in the Draw C Doubles match at the Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. Jennifer Yen and Christina Brown defeated Victoria Marchant and Claire McNulty 8-6.
Oakland University begins its season against Michigan State in the dual match on Saturday. Heather Redshaw returns to coach the Golden Grizzlies young roster of seven freshmen, one sophomore and one junior.
Michigan State defeated Oakland last season 7-0 in the season-opener for both teams. This is only the second match-up between the Spartans and Golden Grizzlies.
The Spartans begin the 2013 season with nine back-to-back home dual matches. Michigan State will face Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.