Jan. 30, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After suffering its first loss of the season last weekend, the Michigan State women's tennis team will look to get back in the win column as it is set to host two matches this weekend. The Spartans will welcome Cleveland State on Friday at 3 p.m., and Eastern Michigan on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both matches will be held in the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility and admission is free.The match against Cleveland State will be broadcast nationally on www.radiotennis.com.
"It's an important weekend for us," head coach Simone Jardim said. "We don't have that much time to recover from last weekend, we've just got to get back on the court. It's past and done, we lost a match and we have to move on and win this match."
After sweeping the doubleheader in its opening weekend, MSU dropped its first match of the season on Jan. 26 to Ball State, losing 4-3. MSU claimed the doubles point, but struggled in singles, winning two of the six matches. Victorious on the day was junior Catherine Parenteau, who won her doubles match with freshman Anna Zelechonok on court three and won her singles match on court three, as well. Sophomore Emily Meyers also picked up a singles win on court four.
MSU is unbeaten on the No. 3 doubles court through three matches. Three different tandems have each gone 1-0 this season. MSU is also 3-0 on the No. 3 singles court, with senior Olga Chernova accounting for two of the wins and Parenteau tallying the third win.
Chalking up Cleveland State
The Vikings are looking for their first win of the season, sitting on an 0-2 record. Cleveland State lost at Penn State 5-2 to open the season and also lost its home match to Akron 6-1.
Cleveland State was projected to finish third in the preseason Horizon League poll under 12th-year head coach Brian Etzkin. Freshman Princess Gbadamosi has played both matches on the No. 1 singles court and has an 0-2 singles dual match record. Senior Kara Sherwood is 1-1 on the No. 2 singles court.
The Vikings are just 1-5 in the doubles alleys in dual matches this season, with the lone win coming on the third court from Gbadamosi and senior Alex Power.
Cleveland State was a participant in the Spartan Invitational back in September. MSU was 2-5 in singles matches and 1-2 in doubles matches against the Vikings. Sophomore Ellen Folkers tallied a perfect 4-0 singles record against the Spartans. Senior Olga Chernova was a winner over Gbadamosi and freshman Athena Trouillot defeated sophomore Mathilde Orange.
In the last meeting, Feb. 5, 2013, MSU blanked Cleveland State 7-0 in East Lansing.
The Edge on Eastern Michigan
The Eagles have won five of their first six matches to start the season, including the last four in a row. The lone loss came at the hands of Minnesota 6-1.
Head coach Ryan Ray is in his eighth season leading Eastern Michigan. The Eagles are 5-1 at each of the top-three singles courts. Sophomore Klara Supejova has seen the majority of time at the No. 1 singles court, going 4-0 on the top court. Supejova was named the 2013 MAC Player of the Year, as well as the conference's Freshman of theYear. Senior Diana Davitaia is 4-1 on the No. 2 singles court.
The Eagles are 4-2 on the top doubles court, including a 3-1 mark from Supejova and senior Nino Mebuke.
Eastern Michigan was one of four teams that participated in the Green & White Invitational in October. MSU tallied a 7-4 singles mark and a 2-3 doubles record against the Eagles. MSU's Marina Bohrer, Olga Chernova, Julianne Gruber, Emily Meyers, Athena Trouillot and Anna Zelechonok all recorded at least one win over Eastern Michigan.
In the two team's last meeting, Jan. 22, 2013, MSU edged out Eastern 4-3 in East Lansing. MSU lost the doubles point but won four of the six singles matches in straight sets. The two singles losses were both in three sets.
MSU has a home-heavy slate this non-conference season. Of MSU's 11 remaining non-conference matches, seven 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 42-33 in home matches.