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Women's Tennis Opens Big Ten Play at Michigan

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.

Next Up
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.

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