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."
MSU swept its doubleheader of matches last weekend, taking down Toledo 7-0 and defeating Detroit 6-1. Across the two matches, MSU won 11 of 12 singles matches and four of six doubles matches.
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
Freshmen Erin Faulkner and Athena Trouillot both posted a 3-1 overall record last weekend in their Spartan debut. Faulkner went 2-0 in her singles matches on the No. 2 court and 1-1 in doubles on the top court. Trouillot went 2-0 in her singles matches on the No. 5 court court and 1-1 in doubles on the No. 2 court.
"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
Ball State is 2-1 this season under first-year head coach Max Norris. The Cardinals swept Valparaiso and IUPUI 7-0 and lost 4-2 at No. 42 Kentucky. Ball State returns six letterwinners from last year's team that finished with a 15-11 record. In singles, Ball State is led by junior Courtney Wild and sophomore Courtney Earnest. Wild was named to the All-MAC First Team the past two seasons and was named to the All-MAC Tournament team last season. She tallied a 20-5 dual record last season with the majority of her time being spent on the top court and she has a 2-1 record so far this season. Earnest was a Second-Team All-MAC selection last season after posting a 19-6 dual record and a 6-2 mark in league play, seeing time on courts two and three. She is off to a 3-0 start this season.
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.
MSU has a home-heavy slate this non-conference season. Of MSU's 12 remaining non-conference matches, eight of them will be held in East Lansing. Only two matches will be true road games as MSU spends a weekend in Chicago in February, playing Illinois-Chicago and DePaul on back-to-back days. MSU also has two neutral site matches as it will face Niagara and Mercer in Tampa, Fla., in March.
Under Coach Jardim, MSU is 40-32 in home matches.