Feb. 16, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The No. 67 Michigan State women's tennis team will travel to in-state rival No. 18 Michigan at 4 p.m. at the Preston Robert Tisch Building on Wednesday. Last season the Spartans fell to the Wolverines in East Lansing, Mich., 6-1, with the lone win coming from Stephanie Kebler at the No. 2 singles position.
Last Time Out
The Spartans traveled to Indiana State on Sunday, Feb. 15., and defeated the Sycamores, 6-1. MSU was able to get out to an early start by picking up the doubles point to begin the match. MSU then went on to win five of the six singles matches. The win marked the first road win on the season for the Spartans as they are now 4-3 overall on the season.
Scouting the Spartans
Michigan State has opened the spring portion of its schedule with a 4-3 record. The Spartans have picked up the doubles point in five of their seven matches on the season, including all four victories. Pacing the green and white in the No. 1 singles position is senior Stephanie Kebler (Okemos, Mich.). Kebler is 7-3 in her last ten matches and is currently riding a three-match win-streak. She also partners with sophomore Lindsey Lonergan (Cincinnati, Ohio) to make up the No. 48-ranked doubles tandem in the nation. They have won seven matches together on the season. Sophomore Whitney Wilson (Evansville, Ind.) has also been contributing for the Spartans. Wilson leads MSU with a record of 15-4 on the season and is also 8-2 in her last 10 matches while winning her last six. Wilson also partners with sophomore Manon Noe (Liancort, France) to comprise the No. 1 doubles tandem for the Spartans. The pair has won its last three matches, and is 6-4 in its last 10 matches. On the season, MSU has posted a 23-15 individual singles record and are 12-8 in individual doubles play.
The Spartans begin the spring season away from home for five out of their first eight matches. They will travel to Louisville, Ky., Los Angeles, Calif., Terre Haute, Ind., and Ann Arbor Mich., nearly 6,000 miles, before they return to East Lansing for a double-header with Bowling Green and Cleveland State on Feb. 21.
Scouting the Wolverines
Michigan enters the match with a record of 4-2. The Wolverines have recorded wins over No. 28 Texas, No. 38 South Carolina, No. 63 Yale and No. 73 Marquette. Michigan is led by second-year head coach Ronni Bernstein. Leading the Wolverines in the top portion of the singles lineup is senior Chisako Sugiyama. Sugiyama boasts a 4-2 singles ledger on the year during the dual season. The Wolverine senior also partners with Tania Mahtani to make up the No. 1 doubles tandem for Michigan. On the year, the tandem has a 8-4 overall doubles record.
Freshman Dana Guentert (Lilburn, Ga.) is now riding a six-match singles win-streak, moving her record to 11-4 on the season. Guentert is 6-1 in her last seven singles matches. She is also 3-0 in doubles play making her 14-4 on the season. Freshman Elena Ivanova (Moscow, Russia) started the spring season for the Spartans with a perfect 2-0 singles record. Ivanova now boasts a 11-7 singles mark, seeing most of her action at No. 3 singles. Her latest victory came over Sofya Lifanova of Indiana State, 6-3, 6-1, on Sunday. She is 6-3 in her last nine matches.
The Spartans will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 21 as they return home for a doubleheader against Bowling Green (12 p.m.) and Cleveland State (5 p.m.) at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.