Women’s Tennis Returns Home for Pair of Matches
MSU to host Utah State and Akron this weekend.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State women’s tennis team returns home this weekend for a pair of matches, as they welcome Utah State on Friday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. and Akron on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. Both matches will take place at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
“We’re glad to be back at home with two tough opponents in front of us and we’re ready for the opportunity to perform again,” head coach Kim Bruno said.
The Spartans are coming off of Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Kick-Off Weekend where they went 1-1 and improved their overall record to 5-1 on the season. After falling to No. 4 Georgia, the Spartans bounced back and dominated Furman, 4-0, on Saturday, Jan. 27.
This will be the first time in program history that MSU and Utah State will meet, while the all-time series with Akron is tied 3-3.
So far this season, MSU has secured the doubles point in all five of their victories, with the duo of juniors Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen backing the Spartans doubles pairings. Metcalf and Nguyen are undefeated in first doubles this spring with a 3-0 record, while their overall record has improved to 7-4.
Senior Habiba Shaker and freshman Sara Kuuttila have also been dominant on the doubles courts as they are 2-1 at No. 2 doubles, claiming a 7-4 record overall.
Shaker currently leads with a team-high 10 doubles wins this season, including a 3-1 mark at No. 2 doubles.
In singles play, the Spartans are 10-3 overall this spring, as they blanked opponents in singles during the first four matches with five Spartans having undefeated records in singles.
Kuuttila has a team-high eight singles wins, with senior Aslina Chua following closely with seven wins and a record of 2-1 at No. 1 singles.
“We need to bring home the same consistent, gritty performance that we had on the road. I thought Furman was our best performance all season and there’s no reason why we can’t do that in front of our home fans and crowd, which will propel us to our road trips,” Bruno said. “Consistent performances are going to get it done for us, from one through the ten players I have on my team. We need every one to come together and step up. That’s what I’m looking for this weekend.”
Michigan State will hit the road for the next seven matches as they begin a seven-match road swing. After a week hiatus, the Spartans will travel to Auburn, Ala. to take on No. 12 Auburn on Saturday, Feb. 17, with the match set to begin at 12 p.m.