Feb. 24, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team has two matches slated this upcoming weekend, including its conference opener against No. 8 Michigan. The Spartans will travel to their instate rivals at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25. MSU returns home on Sunday, Feb. 27 to host Toledo at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility at 3 p.m.
Scouting the Spartans
Over the past weekend, the Spartans improved to 7-1 on the season after defeating Western Michigan, 6-1, and Cleveland State, 5-2. MSU's victory over the Broncos was its first win away from East Lansing. The Spartans played host to Cleveland State and defeated the Vikings, 5-2.
Against the Vikings, the No. 60 doubles pairing of sophomore Amy Barton and freshman Marina Bohrer tallied their seventh doubles victory over Catrine Bjerrehus and Kara Sherwood, 8-3. Senior Whitney Wilson and sophomore Michaela Silesova fell to Alex Power and Alex Bush, 8-3. At the No. 3 doubles position, the sophomore duo of Nicole Herzog and Dana Guentert edged Nicole Janek and Maria Lataris, 8-5.
Barton also improved to a perfect 7-0 last weekend at the No. 1 singles position after defeating Bjerrehus, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (4). Freshman Valentina Rusakova dropped Power, 6-2, 6-4. At the No. 3 singles position, Bohrer posted a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Sherman. Silesova also tallied a singles win for the Spartans over Bush, 6-1, 6-2. In the two single losses of the match, freshman Katarina Lingl fell to Janek, 7-6, 6-2, 1-0 (6), and Herzog lost to Lataris, 7-5, 6-2. Michigan State is 3-0 so far this season over instate rivals after defeating Western Michigan, 6-1, Detroit, 7-0 and Eastern Michigan, 7-0.
Scouting the Wolverines
The Wolverines are the first ranked team the Spartans will face this season. Michigan captured the 2010 Big Ten Championship after going a perfect 10-0 last season. Most recently, the Wolverines competed in the ITA National Team Indoor Championship. They advanced to the quarterfinals after defeating No. 13 Georgia Tech before falling to top-ranked Stanford. Michigan wrapped up the tournament with a 4-2 victory over No. 12 Clemson. Freshman Brooke Bolender was honored as the Big Ten Women's Tennis Player of the Week for her efforts in the tournament.
Taking a Look at Toledo
Before traveling to East Lansing, the Rockets host Cleveland State on Friday, Feb. 23. Toledo (6-2) has won its past four matches. It's most recent victory came over Xaiver, 4-3. The Rockets captured the doubles point against the Musketeers and were led by Polina Guimaraes and Ashley Frey after they blanked their opponents, 8-0, in the No. 1 doubles spot. Frey also posted a convincing 6-0, 6-0 win at the No.2 singles position.
The Spartans will travel to Bradenton, Fla. to face Missouri on March 8th at 10 a.m. They will then square up against William & Mary on March 9th at 10 a.m.