Women's Tennis Begins Big Ten Season
MSU women's tennis will face No. 14 Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Feb. 26, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s tennis will see action against in-state rival No. 14 Michigan on Wednesday, Feb. 27. The teams will face off at 3:30 p.m. in Ann Arbor.
“We are looking forward to competing against one of the best teams in the country,” said head coach Simone Jardim. “It is an opportunity for us as a team as we keep working on being tougher and better.”
MSU played against Western Michigan on the road last Friday. The Spartans put up their best competition as they edged the Broncos 4-3 in a 5-hour match. Michigan State currently owns an 8-2 record, only falling to Louisville and DePaul.
On court one in singles play, Marina Bohrer is 9-1 and will enter the weekend on a two match winning streak. Her only fall was to No. 84 Julia Fellerhoff of Louisville, 6-4, 7-5. Catherine Parenteau continues her success at the No. 2 spot, producing a 7-3 record.
MSU continues to post an impressive win percentage of .733 in singles and .750 in doubles.
No. 13 University of Michigan
The Wolverines have a 6-3 record entering the weekend. Last weekend, they picked up a win against No. 14 Texas, 5-2.
In singles matches at the No. 1 position, No. 41 Emma Bektas leads UM compiling a 5-3 record on the season. Undefeated in singles play are No. 33 Ronit Yurovsky, 5-0, and No. 75 Sarah Lee, 3-0, on courts two and three respectively. Brooke Bolender has also shared time at the No. 3 position.
At the top spot for doubles at UM sits No. 3 Bektas and Bolender with a 5-1 record in duals this season. On court two, No. 42 Lee and Yurvsky have tallied a 3-2 record while on court three, Mimi Nguyen and Kristen Dodge are 2-2.
Big Ten Competition
Seven of the 12 women’s tennis teams in the Big Ten are nationally ranked by the ITA. Coming in at the No. 8 spot is Northwestern. Nebraska sits at No. 10, while the Wolverines are No. 13. At No. 14 are the Purdue Boilermakers. Rounding out the competition are Illinois (No. 33), Penn State (35) and Ohio State (55).
Michigan State will head to Florida over spring break to face Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, March 6, and Florida International on Thursday, March 7.