March 16, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team (7-4, 0-1 Big Ten) returns home after its two-game trip to Florida. The Spartans wrap up their nonconference schedule when they host Ball State on Saturday, March 17th. The match is slated to begin at 3 p.m. and will take place at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
Scouting the Spartans
The Spartans took a trip to Florida this past week but came up short in both of their matches against Central Florida and Stetson. They lost each of these matches by a score of 5-2. The Spartans have gone 7-3 against nonconference opponents so far this season. They wrap up their nonconference portion of the 2012 schedule when they host Ball State this Saturday.
Sophomore Katarina Lingl leads the Spartans in singles play with an 8-3 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 6-4 in her debut season for the Green and White, recording a perfect 4-0 record at the No. 6 position. Sophomore Marina Bohrer is 5-2 at the No. 3 spot, but most recently notched a victory on court two.
Dynamic Doubles Play
The doubles pairing of redshirt junior Dana Guentert and freshman Hilary Hager suffered its first two losses of the season against UCF and Stetson. The duo has gone 5-2 on court three. Guentert began the season on a 7-0 doubles run before the trip to Florida. Individually, Hager is 6-2 in doubles play. At the No. 2 doubles position, the Spartans have seen success from juniors Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova. The tandem has gone 3-1 this season.
The Spartans have captured the doubles point in seven of their matches so far. Out of those seven matches, MSU has won six of them. While they did win the doubles point against Akron, the Spartans eventually dropped the match, 5-2. The only match the Spartans won but didn't capture the doubles point was against Eastern Michigan.
Last Time Out
The Spartans fell to nonconference opponent Stetson, 5-2. In the loss, the Spartans were able to record a doubles victory and two singles wins. Junior Michaela Silesova and sophomore Marina Bohrer were able to drop Jen Miller and Diana Bukajreva by a score of 8-5 on court two. In a tight match, junior Nicole Herzog and sophomore Katarina Lingl were edged 8-6 by Sara Lazarevic and Clarke Tatje. Redshirt junior Dana Guentert and freshman Hilary Hager were down 5-3 at the No. 3 spot before retiring their match.
Sophomore Marina Bohrer captured a singles victory for the Spartans on court two over Tatje. Bohrer won both sets by scores of 6-3, 6-2. Also notching a win for the Green and White was redshirt junior Dana Guentert. Guentert battled it out with Miller in the first set, winning 7-6. She then blanked her opponent, 6-0, to capture her third singles victory of the season.
Sophomore Olga Chernova suffered a 6-4 defeat in her first set against Lazarevic before heading into a tiebreaker in the second. Lazarevic edged Chernova, 7-6 to take the win. At the No. 3 position, Silesova was dropped 6-3, 6-3 by Gunning. Lingl took a 6-4, 6-1 loss to Bukajeva on court four. Gruber fell to Cable at the No. 5 position by a score of 6-3, 6-4.
Looking at Ball State
The Cardinals come to East Lansing following a 5-2 loss to James Madison. Sarah Hebble, who competes at the No. 4 and 5 positions, leads Ball State in singles with a 9-2 record. In doubles, both the pairings of Kristel Sanders and Courtney Wild and Sarah Hebble and Ashlyn Rang have gone 8-3 at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots respectively. The Cardinals have two very familiar faces on their coaching staff. Head coach Christine Bader was an All-Big Ten conference player at MSU from 2004-08. Bader played at the No. 1 doubles position with current Ball State graduate assistant coach, Whitney Wilson. Wilson played for the Spartans from 2007-11.
Home Sweet Home
MSU began its 2012 campaign with nine straight home games. They took their first road trip this past week when they traveled to Florida to face Central Florida and Stetson. It was 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. Next up at home, the Spartans welcome conference opponents Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Spartans continue their three-game homestand when they host conference opponent Wisconsin on March 25th.