Women's Tennis Hosts Michigan in Big Ten Opener
March 14, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State women's tennis team (12-2, 0-0 Big Ten) opens up Big Ten conference play Sunday afternoon when it welcomes rival No. 13 Michigan (8-2, 0-0 Big Ten) to town. Play will begin at 2 p.m. inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility and admission is free. Live scoring will be available on msuspartans.com.
"The most important thing about the trip was taking a break from the snow, it was good for everybody and it got our spirits up," head coach Simone Jardim said. "Coming back over here it's kind of like hitting the reset button because now we start Big Ten play and the level is going to be quite different and tough."
In doubles, MSU is 29-9 (.763) as a team, including receiving 11 wins from the top court and nine wins apiece on both the second and third court.
Bohrer Sets New Record
"I am happy that I made history at MSU," Bohrer said on March 7. "My goal has always been to do everything in my power to help the team win. If along the way it meant that I broke a record it is just an extra accomplishment. At the end of the day, what really matters to me is being able to contribute to the team's overall success."
Jardim notes Bohrer has had a winning mentality during her time in Green and White.
"Marina is definitely a competitor from the moment she got here, and she likes to win," Jardim said. "It doesn't matter how she plays, she wants to win really badly. She's willing to play ugly if she has to. You want a competitor, someone who can compete every time and that's why she's so successful because she gets the job done."
Best Start in School History
At the beginning of the season, Jardim noted this season could be a "breakthrough year for our team." MSU certainly made a breakthrough during the non-conference slate and still has conference play to continue and build upon its terrific start.
What has separated this team from previous teams, Jardim noted, was its ability to win on all six singles courts.
"We are in a position where we can win in any spot," Jardim said. "For the team, it's better because you don't feel as much pressure. If the wins always come from the same spot, then those people might feel more pressure to win each time. We can have wins come from anywhere in the lineup."
Case in point, MSU has double-digit wins on each of the six singles courts. Courts one, five and six pace the team with 12 wins apiece.
U-M has won its last five matches in a row, including a sweep of then-No. 24 Texas in its last time out on March 8. Within that winning streak, U-M has also swept its last three opponents in a row.
Three doubles teams are nationally ranked for Michigan. Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender are ranked No. 18 in the country and post a 3-2 record in dual play. Sarah Lee and Ronit Yurovsky are ranked No. 45, although they have not played together yet this dual season. Amy Zhu and Lee are ranked No. 75 in the nation and are projected to play on the second doubles court. Zhu and Lee are 8-2 in dual play. Michigan has used three separate tandems on the third doubles court.
Michigan features four of its singles players ranked nationally. Bektas leads the way, coming in at No. 7. Bektas has been named Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week three times already this season and is a perfect 10-0 in dual play, with all of her matches coming on the top court. Yurovsky is ranked No. 20 in the nation, posting a 5-0 record on court two. Bolender comes in at No. 98, posting a 6-0 record in dual play with wins coming on courts two through four. Lee is the last U-M singles player ranked, coming in at No. 103. Lee is 7-3 in dual play, splitting time between the second and third court.
During each of Jardim's six seasons at MSU, she has had at least two Michiganders on every roster. In total, Jardim has coached seven different players from the state of Michigan.
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