March 5, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team (6-6, 0-1 Big Ten) will return to action for a match against No. 1 Northwestern (10-1, 1-0 Big Ten) on Saturday, March 7 at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans enter the match with a 6-6 record and a 6-2 mark against regional opponents. The Wildcats have sat atop the ITA poll for the past eight weeks at the No. 1 position. Last year, MSU lost to Northwestern, 7-0, on the road in Evanston, Ill.
Last Time Out
MSU hosted Marshall on March 1 in East Lansing, falling, 4-3, to the Thundering Herd. The Spartans began the match by picking up the doubles point. Contributing to the doubles point was the pairing of sophomores Whitney Wilson (Evansville, Ind.) and Manon Noe (Liancort, France) as well as partners Stephanie Kebler (Okemos, Mich.) and Elena Ivanova (Evansville, Ind.). Wilson and Noe held off the No. 1 doubles tandem of Kellie Schmitt and Karolina Soor, picking up the 9-8 victory. Kebler and Ivanova cruised to an 8-3 victory over Deanna Bailey and Jessica Keener at No. 2 doubles. In singles play, Ivanova continued her success, picking up a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Isabell Raich at No. 3 singles. Senior Ana Milosavljevic (Johannesburg, South Africa) added to the Spartan point-total when she defeated Deanna Bailey, 1-6, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 4 singles.
Scouting the Spartans
The Spartans enter the day with a 5-1 record in home matches this season. Pacing MSU is sophomore Wilson as she leads MSU with a singles record of 18-6 on the season and is 7-3 in her last 10 matches. Wilson also partners with sophomore Noe to comprise the No. 1 doubles tandem for the Spartans. The pair has an overall record of 12-8 together, which leads the team.
The Spartans have picked up the doubles point in eight of their 12 matches on the season, including in all six victories. The doubles tandem of Noe and Wilson is 8-2 in its last 10 matches together, with a four-match win-streak. With a 5-3 record in doubles play is the pairing of Ivanova and Milosavljevic. The tandem first saw action together as the green and white opened spring play against Louisville on Jan. 18. The two has mostly seen action in the No. 3 doubles spot during the season, but boast a perfect 2-0 record in the No. 2 spot.
The Spartans have received contribution this season from several sophomores. Leading the way for the class is Wilson, who leads the team with an 18-6 singles record. Also contributing to the Spartans is Noe, who also partners with Wilson to form the No. 1 doubles tandem for the Spartans; together, they are 12-8 on the season, with eight victories coming in dual play.
Scouting the Wildcats
The Wildcats are led in doubles competition by the paring of No. 22 Georgia Rose and Lauren Lui who are 5-3 in dual play at No. 1 doubles. In singles play, Northwestern is led by No. 2 Maria Mosolova, who is 5-3 in dual play. The lone team loss this season for the Wildcats came against Duke, falling 4-3 to the Blue Devils, in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern has four ITA-ranked singles players - Mosolova (No. 2), Rose (No. 17), Samantha Murray (No. 36) and Lui (No. 109) - and three ITA-ranked doubles tandems - Rose and Lui (No. 22), Keri Robinson and Mosolova (No. 42) and Robinson and Murray (No. 74) - in their lineup.
Freshman Dana Guentert (Lilburn, Ga.) has started her Spartan career with an impressive record of 11-5 on the season. Guentert is 6-1 in her last seven singles matches. She is also 3-0 in doubles play making her 14-5 on the season. Ivanova started the spring season for the Spartans with a perfect 2-0 singles record. Ivanova now boasts a 15-8 singles mark and is currently riding a four-match win-streak, seeing most of her action at No. 3 singles.
The Spartans will travel for their spring break trip to Seattle, Wash., for matches against Washington (March 13) and Gonzaga (March 14), with both matches being played at 4 p.m.