Women's Tennis Hosts Ball State
Jan. 24, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team will look to build upon its 2-0 start this weekend as it hosts the Ball State Cardinals. The match will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Admission is free.
"We're excited to be playing again," head coach Simone Jardim said. "We still have things we're working on and we are looking forward to being able to do that."
Senior Marina Bohrer tallied a 2-0 singles record last weekend, including a straight-sets win on the No. 1 court over No. 118 Chrissy Coffman of Toledo. Senior Olga Chernova also posted a 2-0 singles record and paired with freshman Anna Zelechonok to win on the No. 3 doubles court against Detroit.
MSU improved to 6-0 against both Toledo and Detroit under Coach Jardim.
Faulkner, Trouillot shine in debut
"Those two having to come in and be in the lineup in singles and doubles, they played a lot in their first college match," Jardim said. "They were a little nervous, which is understandable. Coming from junior tennis where you are only playing for yourself to now is a little different because now you're playing for yourself and your team."
Faulkner paired with the senior Bohrer on the top doubles court and took out Toledo 6-1 but they lost in their match to Detroit 6-3. In her first singles dual match of the year against Pia Rygh of Toledo, Faulkner won in three sets, 6-0, 6-7, 10-7. During one stretch, Faulkner won eight straight games, having swept the first set and then took the first two games of the second set. In her second singles match of the day, she had no problem with Detroit's Julia Fernandes, winning 7-5, 6-1.
Trouillot paired with junior Catherine Parenteau in doubles. They lost their first match of the day to Toledo 6-3. Trouillot was able to shake off the nerves and bounced back to go 3-0 the rest of the day. She won her singles match over Toledo 6-2, 6-4, won doubles against Detroit 6-4 with Parenteau, and beat Detroit in a three-setter 6-2, 6-7, 11-9.
Cataloging the Cardinals
In the alleys, the Cardinals are led by Wild and Earnest as well as sophomore Bethany Moore and senior Kristel Sanders. Wild and Earnest teamed to go 10-10 in dual play last year on the top court, while Moore and Sanders finished 12-8 on the No. 2 court in dual play.
Under Coach Jardim, MSU is 40-32 in home matches.
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