March 14, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s tennis will compete in the Blue-Gray Tournament this weekend in Montgomery, Ala. The Spartans will face Virginia in the first round on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.
Michigan State currently owns a 10-3 record on the season; only falling to No. 14 Michigan, No. 71 DePaul, and Louisville who recently has entered the ITA rankings. Last week, MSU defeated Florida Atlantic, 6-0, and Florida International, 5-2, on the road.
“We are looking forward to playing outdoor tennis again after last week’s success,” said head coach Simone Jardim. “The tournament will be a great challenge and opportunity for our team.”
Leading the Spartans at the top singles spot is junior Marina Bohrer with an 11-2 record. Sophomore Catherine Parenteau has tallied an 8-5 record at the No. 2 spot, while Olga Chernova is 6-6 at No. 3. Emily Meyers has earned a 9-4 record, seeing action on courts four, five and six.
In doubles play, Bohrer and Parenteau have registered a 7-3 record at the first slot. Sophomore Julianne Gruber and Meyers have paired up for time on all three courts to compile a 7-2 record on the season.
No. 47 Virginia
The Cavaliers are 3-6 this season after falling to Baylor, 4-3, and Texas A&M, 5-2, last weekend.
Stephanie Navta leads Virginia at the No. 2 spot with a 5-1 record, while Julia Elbaba is 3-5 at the No. 1 spot. In doubles matches, Maci Epstein and Erin Vierra have teamed up to lead the Cavaliers with a 4-1 record.
No. 34 Yale
Yale improved its record to 8-1 last weekend after defeating No. 75 DePaul, 4-3, and St. John’s, 7-0, most recently.
No. 99 Elizabeth Epstein has posted an 8-1 record on the season as she leads the Bulldogs at the second slot. At the top spot, Madeline Hamilton registers a 6-3 record. Epstein and Annie Sullivan are on a five-match winning streak and lead in doubles No. 1 spot.
The Waves are 0-8 on the season after falling to UCLA on Feb. 28, 4-3.
Leading Pepperdine is Lorraine Guillermo on court one with a 4-4 record. Khunpak Issara is 6-2 at the No. 2 slot. Guillermo and Issara pair up in doubles play at the first spot to produce a 4-3 record.
Michigan State will return to conference play when they travel to Minnesota on Friday, March 22, at 5 p.m., then the Spartans will compete at Wisconsin on Sunday, March 24, at 11 a.m.