Feb. 7, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team will look to extend its winning streak to four matches as it hosts a doubleheader Saturday and concludes its seven-match home stand it had to start the season. MSU will take on Bowling Green at 10 a.m., and Oakland at 4 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Admission is free.
The Spartans are coming off two wins last weekend and upped its record to 4-1. Head coach Simone Jardim called last weekend an important weekend because it was the first time the Spartans had taken the court since they were surprised by Ball State on Jan. 26. MSU was able to rebound last weekend as it swept away Cleveland State, 7-0, on Jan. 31 and had little trouble in taking care of Eastern Michigan on Feb. 2, winning 6-1.
Jardim was pleased with the team's play last time out and is excited to hit the courts on Saturday.
"This weekend is another opportunity for us to continue working on details," Jardim said. "Every week we have been improving different aspects of our game. We are also doing a better job of playing as a team and for the team."
Bohrer, Faulkner Top Two
Five matches into MSU's 2014 season and it looks like MSU may have settled in on its top two singles courts. Senior Marina Bohrer played No. 1 singles last season, compiling a 14-11 dual season record and was expected to return to the top court this season. After a strong junior career and a good showing during the fall schedule, freshman Erin Faulkner was slotted into the No. 2 singles spot to start the spring schedule. Thus far, Faulkner has excelled on the second court, tallying a perfect 4-0 mark. Bohrer is also 4-0 on the top court, including a win over No. 118 Chrissy Coffman of Toledo.
Bohrer and Faulkner also pair together to form the top doubles team. The tandem is 3-1 on the No. 1 court.
Breaking Down Bowling Green
Michigan State will be just Bowling Green's third opponent of the season. BGSU has tallied wins over Youngstown State and Duquesne. Head coach Penny Dean is in her 24th season leading the Falcons.
Senior Nikki Chiricosta leads the way in singles. Chiricosta is 2-0 on the season on the top court. Her 87 career singles wins are second most all-time in school history, trailing first place by just two wins. She will be looking to make 2014 her fourth straight season in which she has recorded 20-plus wins in singles and 20-plus wins in doubles. Senior Emily Reuland has played both of her matches on the second court, tallying a 1-1 record.
In doubles, Reuland and sophomore Drew Fillis have played the first two matches on the top court, going 1-1. Chiricosta and sophomore Katie Brozovich are 2-0 playing on the second court.
In the last meeting between the schools, MSU outlasted Bowling Green, 4-3, on Feb. 11, 2012, in East Lansing.
Oakland comes in with an 0-3 record under 14th-year head coach Heather Redshaw. The Golden Grizzlies dropped matches to Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.
In dual play, Oakland posts just a 3-15 record on the singles courts and is winless in nine tries on the doubles courts. Sophomore Elizabeth Guy is the lone Grizzly to post a winning singles record in dual play, compiling a 2-1 mark while competing on the sixth court. Sophomore Karin Celis has played two of the three matches on the top singles court and is 0-2.
In doubles, Guy and Celis have played all three matches on the top court and are still looking for their first win.
In the teams' last meeting, MSU blanked Oakland, 7-0, on Jan. 19, 2013, in East Lansing.
This weekend's doubleheader will mark the last two matches of the seven-match home stand MSU had to start the season. MSU will hit the road to Chicago, Ill., next weekend to face UIC on Feb. 15 and No. 74 DePaul the following day.