Women’s Tennis Continues Road Swing at DePaul
The Spartans break into ITA Top 50 for the first time since the 2014-15 season.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State women’s tennis team continues its seven-match road swing this weekend as they travel to Chicago, Illinois for a match up with DePaul on Saturday, Feb. 24. The match is set to begin at 4 p.m. ET.
This week, MSU broke into the Oracle/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Women’s National Team Rankings, coming in at No. 50. The last time the Spartans made an appearance in the Top 50 was during the week of March 17 in the 2014-15 season.
“I think it’s a good start, it’s a great start for us. The girls should be proud of what they’ve accomplished thus far. I think it’s the beginning of what’s to come the rest of our season. This is the beginning but we need to look to get a little better,” head coach Kim Bruno said. “What else are we capable of and what can we do? Let’s be happy, let’s figure out why we got there, but let’s try to continue on a path to even more success.”
Last time out, the Spartans fell to No. 13 Auburn, bringing their season record to 7-2.
The Spartans are 3-6 all-time against DePaul, who comes into the weekend with a record of 4-3 on the season, coming off a pair of losses against Purdue and Tulsa.
“I think we’re feeling a little hungry for a win,” Bruno said. “The girls saw themselves compete well against a team that was better than us so now it’s all about going to DePaul and taking care of business.”
The Spartans have a record of 15-5 in doubles play, as they have secured the doubles point in all seven wins this spring. The duo of juniors Emily Metcalf and Davina Nguyen continue their unbeaten streak at No. 1 doubles, as they defeated the No. 47 doubles team in the nation last week to improve to 6-0 and continue their six-match win streak.
“They’re coming off a high preseason ranking so I think they’re doing what they should be doing and what they’re capable of. They need to just continue that and keep bringing that same mentality to each match that they play…” Bruno said. “They play really well together so that just elevates all of our teams to do that.”
Three Spartans have double-digit doubles wins, including senior Habiba Shaker who holds the lead with 11 wins. Metcalf and Nguyen continue to gain speed as they both follow with 10.
Michigan State is 28-8 in singles play during dual competition, led by freshman Sara Kuuttila who has a team-high 10 singles wins in her first season as a Spartan. Senior Aslina Chua, sophomore Samantha Memije and Nguyen all have eight wins.
The Spartans continue their road trip with three matches in Florida during the week of March 5. MSU will travel to the University of South Florida on Wednesday, March 7, with the match set to begin at 12 p.m. They will then take on Florida Gulf Coast on March 9 at 1 p.m. and Florida International on March 10 at 12 p.m. to close out the week of play.