April 1, 2004
EAST LANSING, MICH. -
The Michigan State women's tennis team will play its first road Big Ten match this weekend against Minnesota (2-12, 0-3 Big Ten) on Saturday, April 3 and will then travel south to take on No. 35 Iowa (10-4, 2-1) Sunday, April 4.
Big Ten Drought is Over
Sunday, March 28 marked the Spartans' first Big Ten victory since the 2002 season. After singles struggled against Michigan and Ohio State, MSU swept all six singles matches against Penn State which led the Spartans to a 6-1 victory and improved their conference record to 1-2, 6-8 overall.
Last week the Spartans proved their strength lies in numbers as the No. 1 and 2 doubles spots both went 2-1 with victories over Michigan and Ohio State. The No. 1 team of senior Caroline Lay and junior Keri Thompson defeated Lindsay Williams and Meaghan Collville of Ohio State, 8-3. The No. 2 match clinched the doubles point for the Spartans as sophomore Shelley Brady and freshman Sarah Andrews defeated Erica Fisk and Lindsay Adams of OSU, 8-5.
Scouting the Golden Gophers
Last year Minnesota defeated Michigan State in East Lansing, 7-0. The Gophers managed to breeze by the Spartans in both the singles and doubles matches. This year Minnesota is 2-12 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten. Minnesota has play 11 nationally ranked teams out of its past 14. The Gophers saw victories over University of Montana and Drake University.
Searching For Prey
Last year the Spartans fell at home to the Hawkeyes 5-2. This weekend State hopes defeat Iowa to eat up another Big Ten victory. Iowa has played seven nationally ranked tames out of the past 14.
Caroline Lay and Kate Thomas are the only current Spartans with singles victories against the Hawkeyes. Lay also team up with Thompson for an 8-4 No. 1 doubles victory against Steffi Hoch and Gloria Okino. Iowa is currently 2-1 in the Big Ten and 10-4 overall.
Coach Bauer On the Opponents
"I think our team has risen to a new level and their enthusiasm should carry them to a very successful weekend. Our team is battling out there on the courts, and when teams do that point after point they become winners."
State has played five nationally ranked teams this season including No. 12 Vanderbilt, No. 31 Virginia, No. 54 Florida State, No.19 Michigan and No. 52 Ohio State.