Women's Tennis Hosts Weekend Slate of Matches
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."
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
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.
Under Coach Jardim, MSU is 42-33 in home matches.
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