Feb. 3, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team hosts Cleveland State Saturday, February 4th, in a nonconference matchup. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m. and will take place at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans look to build upon their 2-1 nonconference record.
Last Time Out
The Spartans most recently captured a 5-2 victory against Eastern Michigan. MSU lost the doubles point of the match for the first time this season, despite an impressive 8-1 win at the No. 3 spot by the pairing of redshirt junior Dana Guentert and freshman Hilary Hager.
Sophomore Olga Chernova defeated Anikita Bhatia, 6-2, 6-4 while junior Michaela Silesova dropped Marcela Rivero 6-3, 6-2. In her first match this season after returning from an injury, sophomore Marina Bohrer notched a win at the No. 3 singles position over Mariya Toncheva, 6-0, 6-4. Sophomore Katarina Lingl won at the No. 5 spot after losing her second set but bouncing back to win the tie breaker, 6-4, 2-6, 11-9. Freshman Julianne Gruber rounded out the Spartans victories at the No. 6 spot, topping Georgia de'Lisle-Tarr 6-2, 6-1. Junior Nicole Herzog suffered a 6-2, 6-2 loss at the No. 1 spot to Nino Mebuke.
The Spartans have a few undefeated records so far this season. Sophomore Katarina Lingl has yet to lose a singles match. Lingl, who had an impressive fall season, has gone 2-0 at the No. 4 spot and 1-0 at the No. 5 position. She is on a four match winning streak that carried over from fall tournament play. In her last ten singles matches, she has going 8-2. The Spartans are 3-0 at the No. 4 singles spot thanks to both Lingl and junior Michaela Silesova. Silesova's win against EMU put her 1-0 at that position.
Michigan State has also yet to lose a doubles match at the No. 3 spot. Redshirt junior Dana Guentert and freshman Hilary Hager have notched two victories there while Guentert and sophomore Jennifer Yen also notched a win.
Looking at Cleveland State
Cleveland State has only played on match prior to this weekend. The Vikings were blanked, 7-0, by DePaul in their season opener. Cleveland State will visit IPFW on Friday, February 3rd before traveling to face the Spartans on Saturday.
All Around the World
The Spartan roster features players from six different countries and four different states. MSU has three players from the state of Michigan, sophomores Katrina Lingl, Emily LeBlanc, and Jennifer Yen. Redshirt junior Dana Guentert hails from Georgia, while freshman Julianne Gruber is from Florida. Gruber's fellow freshman, Hilary Hager, is a native of Texas.
Two players, sophomore Marina Bohrer and junior Nicole Herzog, are from Brazil. Also from Brazil, is head coach Simone Jardim. Junior Amy Barton is a native of Austrailia while junior Michaela Silesova is from Slovakia. Both sophomores Olga Chernova and Valentina Rusakova are from Russia.
Meet the Spartans
The Michigan State women's tennis team will feature a student-athlete every week this spring in attempt to "Meet the Spartans". This week sophomore Marina Borher (Porto Alegre, Brazil) sat down with msuspartans.com to answer some questions about her pre-match rituals and her major. Check out her page here. Next week, Spartan fans will get to know sophomore Olga Chernova.
The Spartans host their first double header of the season on Friday, February 10th. MSU will face Bowling Green at 1 p.m. and then Toledo at 5 p.m. Action takes place at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.