Women's Tennis: Bye Week Update
Feb. 27, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After completing three matches in three days last weekend, the Michigan State women's tennis team takes this week off to prepare for its last non-conference matches and then conference play. The team will travel down to Tampa, Fla., next week during the university's spring break for a pair of matches. MSU will face Niagara on March 5 at 9 a.m., and Mercer on March 7 at 10 a.m. Both matches will be held at the outdoor courts on the campus of South Florida.
When the Spartans return, they will have about a week to prepare for their Big Ten opener on March 16, when rival Michigan comes to East Lansing.
Bohrer Tied on Top
In the fall of 2013, Bohrer was selected to the prequalifying singles bracket of the 2013 Riviera/ITA Women's All-American Championships. Bohrer was the first Spartan to compete in the prestigious, nationally-recognized event during Simone Jardim's tenure as head coach.
Meyers One of the Best through Two Years
Three freshmen have played a critical role in the Spartans' early season success thus far on both the singles and doubles courts. Athena Trouillot has spent time on courts four and five of singles and on mostly court three in doubles. In fact, she pairs with fellow newcomer Anna Zelechonok on court three of doubles, and the duo is 2-4 this season.
Trouillot's current overall singles record of 16-4 is tied for sixth in school history for most wins by a first-year player.
Erin Faulkner has held down the No. 2 singles court for almost every match this season. Faulkner is 11-6 overall for the season, including a 7-2 mark on court two of spring dual play matches. Faulkner's 11 wins are nearing the eighth spot on the school's all-time wins list for a first-year player. The eighth spot has 14 wins.
Combined for the dual spring season, MSU has a 55-17 record in singles. Faulkner, who is 7-3, and Trouillot, who is 9-2, have accounted for 16 of those wins, which makes up 29%.
Best Team Start since 2006-07
As far as what lies ahead for the team, Jardim has noted all year her team has the capabilities and shots to be able to compete with any team, but they just need to continue to have a winning mindset.
"It's up to them," she said. "There's only so much we as coaches can do. I believe they are good, it's a matter of if they can believe it. If they can think, `OK, this is going to happen,' then anything is possible. We can definitely get out of the bottom of the Big Ten and even through the middle of it. It's in their hands, they go out and play. If they can get their mind into it, anything can happen.
Jardim notes she does place emphasis on winning that initial point, but she said it all comes down to her squad being the more aggressive team in doubles.
"At the end of the day, when we are the most aggressive team, we're good," she said. "I think doubles is a big thing for both Tyler (Faulkner) and I, we take a lot of pride in it. It's kind of almost like an expectation of ours that we expect that we are always going to be the most aggressive team and that's what makes better doubles teams."
Looking Ahead to Big Ten
Overall, six Big Ten teams are nationally ranked, including No. 7 Northwestern, No. 13 Michigan, No. 27 Illinois, No. 39 Purdue, No. 52 Ohio State and No. 53 Indiana. Of those ranked, MSU will play Michigan, Northwestern and Illinois at home.
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