March 28, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team returns home after nine matches on the road to play Indiana and Purdue. The Spartans will face the Hoosiers on Saturday at 11 a.m. and then the Boilermakers on Sunday at 12 p.m. Matches are scheduled to be played outdoors, however could move indoors due to weather.
"We are looking forward to returning home after being on the road for the entire month of March," said head coach Simone Jardim. "All of the outdoor tennis we played this month should have us prepared for Saturday because it looks like the weather will allow us to compete outside."
The Spartans finished up non-conference play earlier this season with a 10-5 record after starting the season on a seven-game winning streak. MSU spent spring break in Florida picking up wins against Florida Atlantic and Florida International mid-season. The Spartans are now 10-8 on the season and are 0-3 in Big Ten play.
Last Time Out
The Spartans fell on the road last weekend to Minnesota, 6-1, and Wisconsin, 5-2. Senior Michaela Silesova picked up the only Spartan point on court six against the Golden Gophers, 1-6, 6-4, 1-0(9). In the face off against the Badgers, MSU picked up the doubles point with wins in the second and third postitions. Senior Nicole Herzog and Silesova topped the competition at No. 2, 8-6. Sophomore Julianne Gruber and freshman Emily Meyers posted the other win, 8-6, at No. 3. In singles, Silesova picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win on court six.
Spartans in Singles Play
At the top spot is senior Marina Bohrer holding an 11-6 record. Sharing time at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots are junior Olga Chernova and sophomore Catherine Parenteau posting a 7-11 and 8-11 record respectively. Freshman Emily Meyers is 9-9 after seeing action on courts four, five and six. Senior Michaela Silesova improved her record to 6-1 after picking up two wins over the weekend at the six spot.
Spartans in Doubles Matches
Sophomore Julianne Gruber and freshman Emily Meyers lead Michigan State with a 10-5 record in doubles matches, tallying wins on courts one, two and three. At the No. 1 spot, senior Marina Bohrer and sophomore Catherine Parenteau are 8-8. Seniors Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova have maintained a 7-6 record with one win at the top spot and a 6-6 record at the second spot.
Last weekend, the Hoosiers picked up a win against No. 57 Ohio State, 5-2, after falling to No. 30 Penn State, 4-3. Indiana owns a 12-5 record on the season and is 1-2 in conference play.
Leslie Hureau is 11-4 at the first spot in singles play for the Hoosiers. Katie Klyczek and Alecia Kauss are 9-5 after seeing time on courts two and three this season. Jithmie Jayawickrema is a perfect 5-0 at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots.
Taking the lead in doubles matches are Sophia Garre and Hureau on court one posting a 10-5 record. Shannon Murdy and Alecia Kauss have a 13-2 record after producing wins at the second and third slots. Gabrielle Rukenstein and Klyczek have compiled a 4-0 record at the No. 3 spot.
No. 17 Purdue
No. 17 Purdue picked up wins against No. 57 Ohio State and No. 30 Penn State last weekend. The Boilermakers edged the Buckeyes, 5-2, on Friday before blanking the Nittany Lions, 7-0, on Sunday. Purdue is 11-1 on the season and 3-0 in Big Ten play.
Leading the Boilermakers on courts one and two in singles play is Mara Schmidt marking a 9-3 record. Gisella Pere has produced a 10-1 record at the six slot. At the No. 4 spot, Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum is undefeated, 9-0, on the season. Imogen Golder owns a 7-2 record, sharing time on the fourth and fifth courts.
Golder and Pere are undefeated at No. 3 double registering a 9-0 record to lead Purdue. At the first spot, Krisztina Kapitany and Schmidt own a 12-2 record, while Daniela Vidal and Lynda Zepoleas have earned an 11-2 record on court two.
Big Ten Competition
Eight of the 12 women's tennis teams in the Big Ten are nationally ranked by the ITA. Leading the Big Ten is Michigan at the No. 10 spot. Northwestern sits at No. 11, while Nebraska follows at No. 12. Also ranked are Purdue (17), Penn State (30), Illinois (52), Ohio State (57) and Iowa (69).
Michigan State will head to Northwestern on Saturday, April 6, to compete at 12 p.m. Then continue its road trip to face Illinois at 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, in Champaign, Ill.