Women's Tennis Heads South For Spring Break Matches
March 5, 2004
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to play three matches. On Saturday (March 6), the Spartans (4-4) will go head-to-head with No. 54 Florida International (2-3, 1-1). On Monday (March 8), they will play Florida State (7-3) before they wrap up play on Wednesday (March 10) against Florida A&M (1-5, 1-0).
The last time the Spartans met with Florida International was in 2002 when MSU fell, 4-3. Senior Caroline Lay (Brisbane, Australia) is the only current Spartan with a singles match win over FIU.
"Our spring trip should really help our team," said head coach Tim Bauer. "We hope to play great competition and will get valuable time to adjust back to the outdoor climate. I think it will help us get set for a successful second half of the season."
In the last meeting with Florida State in 2002, Seminoles beat the Spartans, 6-1. Again, Lay was the only Spartan with a singles victory.
Last year MSU beat Florida A&M, 5-2. Three current Spartans including junior Kate Thomas (Long Beach, Calif.), junior Karen Gustafson (East Lansing, Mich.) and Lay all recorded victories. The Spartans also won the doubles point with victories from Lay/Jean Willmann (Alberton, Australia) and Gustafson/Thomas.
While looking to improve their 4-4, record the Spartans have been hard at work for the past two weeks developing their skills.
"We have had competitive practices," said Bauer. "We've been focusing on things we found that we were lacking in our early matches. We're looking forward to putting that to some good use. I expect we will have some great performances in Florida."
The Spartans will return home to open the Big Ten season on March 23 against rival Michigan, who is currently ranked No. 18.
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