Feb. 29, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team (7-2, 0-1 Big Ten) embarks on its first road trip of 2012 season when it travels this upcoming week to Florida. The Spartans will take on Central Florida on Friday, March 2nd at 4 p.m. Then on Tuesday, March 6th, MSU visits Stetson at 2:30 p.m.
Scouting the Spartans
The Spartans went 1-1 this past week, notching a close victory over Western Michigan, 4-3, and falling in their conference opener to No. 11 Michigan, 7-0. The Spartans have gone 7-1 against nonconference opponents so far this season. They will continue nonconference play against both Central Florida and Stetson.
Sophomore Katarina Lingl leads the Spartans in singles play with a 7-2 record. Lingl has played at both the No. 4 and No. 5 positions but has won five of her matches at the No. 4 spot. Freshman Julianne Gruber has gone 6-3 in her debut season for the Green and White, recording a perfect 4-0 record at the No. 6 position. Sophomore Marina Bohrer is 5-1 at the No. 3 spot. After clinching the win over Western Michigan at the No. 2 position, sophomore Olga Chernova is now 5-4 in singles play.
Dynamic Doubles Play
Redshirt junior Dana Guentert has yet to lose a doubles match, going a team-best 7-0 at the No. 3 spot along side either freshman Hilary Hager, Julianne Gruber or sophomore Jennifer Yen. Hager is 6-0 in doubles play, picking up her most recent victory alongside Guentert at the No. 3 spot. Hager and Guentert have paired up to post a 5-0 record at the No. 3 position.
Last Time Out
The Spartans captured an exciting 4-3 over Western Michigan this past Friday. Sophomore Olga Chernova won the key match at the No. 2 singles spot to give the Michigan State the victory. Chernova topped Maggie Reynse 6-3 in the first set and then eventually won the second 7-6 after winning the tiebreaker, 10-8. Sophomores Marina Bohrer and Katarina Lingl also captured singles wins in the match. Bohrer downed Rachel Denny at the No. 3 spot, 6-3, 6-3. At the No. 4 position, Lingl defeated Kathleen Hawkins, 6-4, 6-2. Junior Nicole Herzog fell in her match against Nina Sujashulil, 6-4, 6-1 and freshman Julianne Gruber was edged by Maria Nivia, 6-4, 6-3. After retiring in the third set, redshirt junior Dana Guentert fell to Caroline Aleck, 6-3, 6-7, 3-1.
Michigan State won the doubles point at the beginning of the match, notching wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Herzog and Lingl paired up to down Sujashuili and Hawkins, 8-1. The tandem of Hager and Guentert dropped Remynse and Nivia 8-1. Bohrer and Gruber were topped by Alex and Kerr, 8-7 (7-5).
Focusing on Central Florida
The Knights, similar to the Spartans, are in the middle of a nine-game home stretch. Central Florida is 3-7 so far this season and 1-1 in C-USA play. The Knights are 1-3 at home, notching their lone home victory against conference opponent East Carolina, 6-1. They began their 2012 schedule facing four teams that were ranked in the ITA top 75. They are 0-4 against top-ranked teams.
In their first season under the direction of Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote, the Hatters have gone 2-1. They opened up the 2012 season with two straight victories over Florida A&M, 6-1, and Flagler, 6-1. They most recently fell to South Carolina State, 5-2. Lindsey Cable and Jen Miller have notched perfect 3-0 singles records at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots respectively. Miller and partner Diana Bukajeva have also gone undefeated in doubles play at the No. 3 spot. The Hatters will face Kennesaw State before welcoming the Spartans on March 6th.
Home Sweet Home
MSU began its 2012 campaign with nine straight home games. They will travel outside the state of Michigan from March 2-6th when they visit Florida for a Spring Break trip. It will be their first time traveling outside of East Lansing since Oct. 21st when they visited Northern Illinois for the ITA Second Chance Regional. The Spartans play 14 out of their 22 matches at home this season. Out of those 14, four are against Big Ten opponents. They have recorded a 7-2 record so far this season at home.
Keeping it in State
The Spartans face five opponents from the state of Michigan this season, playing all of those matches at home in East Lansing. MSU so far has defeated Oakland, 7-0, Eastern Michigan, 5-2, and Detroit, 6-1. They fell to No. 11 Michigan, 7-0 before bouncing back to defeat Western Michigan, 4-3.
The Spartans begin a three-game homestand on Saturday, March 17th when they welcome Ball State.