Women's Tennis Set for Road Matches Against Minnesota and Iowa
March 24, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team hits the road this coming weekend as it takes on No. 54 Minnesota at 7 p.m. ET on March 26, and then No. 18 Iowa on March 26 at 12 p.m. The match against Minnesota will take place in Minneapolis, Minn. and the Iowa match will take place in Iowa City, Iowa.
Last Time Out
The Spartans earned the doubles point for the 10th time this season after they swept the doubles pairings from EMU. Junior Whitney Wilson (Evansville, Ind.) teamed with freshman Amy Barton (Brisbane, Australia) to top Miriam Westerink and Celine Donnet at the No. 1 spot, 8-6. At No. 2 doubles, freshman Michaela Silesova (Topolcany, Slavakia) and sophomore Elena Ivanova (Moscow, Russia) defeated Xu Chang and Georgia de'Lisle-Tarr, 8-5, while the tandem of freshman Nicole Herzog (Manilia, Brazil) and senior Christine Milliken (Traverse City, Mich.) posted an 8-2 win over Marcela Rivero and Rumbidzai Muskwe at the No. 3 position
Wilson, Barton and Ivanova all posted wins in singles action to secure the victory for the Spartans.
With the addition of Barton, who just earned her first win at the No. 4 spot over EMU's Karina Ahuja, 6-4, 6-3, the freshman class has accounted for every match in the top two positions of the singles lineup for the Green and White.
Silesova most recently earned her first win at No. 1 singles over Kelly Lamble of Cal Poly, 4-6, 7-6 (10), 10-6, to post the lone point for the Spartans.
An overall record of 8-6 has been accumulated at the No. 4 spot with four wins coming from Wilson, two from Ivanova, one from Milliken and the most recent from Barton.
The No. 5 singles spot stands at 7-7 on the season with four wins coming from Ivanova, while one win each was posted by Guentert, Noe and Wilson. Ivanova has had the two most recent wins at this position.
The No. 2 position has tallied six wins so far this season with Herzog leading the way with an individual record of 3-6 at the spot. Herzog's most recent win came against Theadora Kotsiou of Evansville, 6-3, 2-6, 10-3. Fellow freshman Silesova has earned the other three wins at No. 2 singles with her 3-1 record.
Herzog and Noe have made the greatest contribution to the overall 8-4 mark. At the No. 1 position, Herzog and Noe have compiled a record of 5-1, while Ivanova and Silesova have added with a 3-3 record. Ivanova and Silesova have earned the three most recent wins at the spot with the latest being a victory over Western Michigan.
Barton and Wilson are currently 8-0 at the No. 2 spot. The two most recently defeated Alex Zaniewski and Carmen Pham of Eastern Michigan, 8-6, to bring in the pairings eighth win. The other three positional wins were gained by the doubles pairing of Silesova and Ivanova who tally a 3-1 mark on the season, bringing the No. 2 doubles spot to 11-2 overall.
At No. 3 doubles, Herzog and Milliken have joined forces to tally a 5-3 record. Also posting wins at the position is the tandem of Barton and Wilson (2-2), and the pairing of Ivanova and Milliken (2-0), to contribute to the 9-5 overall mark.
Around the World
Among the coaching staff, head coach Simone Jardim is from Santa Maria, Brazil, assistant coach Shelley Godwin hails from Birmingham, Alabama, and former Spartan, and volunteer assistant coach Ana Milosavljevic arrives from Johannesburg, South Africa.
No. 54 Minnesota
No. 18 Iowa
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