Women’s Tennis Set to Face No. 16 Auburn
MSU travels to Auburn on Saturday at 1 p.m.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State women’s tennis team begins a seven-match road swing this weekend, as they travel to No. 16 Auburn. The match is set to take place at 1 p.m. ET at the Yarbrough Tennis Center in Auburn, Alabama.
Last time out, the Spartans had 6-1 victories over both Utah State and Akron. The team is now 7-1 on the season, including an undefeated 6-0 mark at home.
“We’ve been training hard these past few weeks after a good 7-1 start to our season," Michigan State head coach Kim Bruno said. "We’re confident, and going in there looking to hopefully pull off an upset. We’re going in there with that attitude and with that little chip on our shoulder.”
Michigan State is seeking its first victory over Auburn, who is ranked No. 16 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, as the Tigers lead the series history 5-0.
The Spartans have an impressive 14-3 mark in doubles play so far this season, backed by the duo of juniors Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen, who are undefeated at No. 1 doubles with a 5-0 record.
The team has secured the doubles point in all seven of their victories this spring.
Senior Habiba Shaker has a team-high 11 doubles wins, with four Spartans following close behind with nine.
In singles play, MSU is 28-5 this spring. Nguyen and sophomore Samantha Memije are both on a five-match winning streak, giving them an undefeated mark in dual matches.
Freshman Sara Kuuttila leads the team with a team-high 10 singles wins, while Nguyen, Memije and senior Aslina Chua follow with eight wins.
“I think the more confidence we have, the more opportunities will present themselves for us because I think we have a talented bunch,” Bruno said. “We just need to keep working hard, taking it match-by-match and see what we can do at Auburn.”
Michigan State will return to the court next weekend for the second road match in the seven-match away slate, as they travel to Chicago, Illinois, to face DePaul on Saturday, Feb. 24. The match is set to begin at 1 p.m. ET.