Women's Tennis Travels to Illinois
April 5, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s tennis heads to the state of Illinois for a pair of weekend matches against Big Ten opponents. MSU will play No. 14 Northwestern at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 6, and No. 54 Illinois at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday. The Spartans are 10-10 on the season and 0-5 in conference matches.
“Every weekend is an opportunity for us and this weekend is no different,” said head coach Simone Jardim. “This is our moment to peak and get a win.”
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Against the Hoosiers, the Spartans won their lone match in doubles play on court three. Sophomore Julianne Gruber and freshman Emily Meyers edged their opponent 9-7, picking up their 10th win of the season.
On Sunday, MSU grabbed two singles points from Purdue. Junior Marina Bohrer notched a victory, 6-2, 6-3, on court one and senior Nicole Herzog picked up the point at No. 4, 6-3, 6-4. Bohrer and sophomore Catherine Parenteau won the lone Spartans doubles match as they defeated Purdue on court one, 8-6.
Julianne Gruber and Emily Meyers lead Michigan State with a 10-6 record in doubles play, tallying wins on all three courts. At the No. 1 spot, Marina Bohrer and Catherine Parenteau improved their record to 9-8 after a victory this weekend. Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova have maintained a 6-8 record with one win at the top spot and a 5-8 record at the second spot.
No. 14 Northwestern
No. 63 Kate Turvy possesses a 5-7 record on court one. No. 96 Veronica Corning owns a 9-5 record this season after matches split among No. 1, 2 and 3. Belinda Niu owns a 12-4 dual record with an 8-3 record at the third slot and Alicia Barnett is 7-5.
Nida Hamilton and Linda Abu Mushrefova, the No. 9 ranked doubles pairing in the nation are 7-7 on the season, while Belinda Niu and Kate Turvy are 11-2. Alicia Barnett and Veronica Corning hold a 7-6 doubles record, with six wins in the No. 2 slot.
MSU looks for its first win against Northwestern this weekend, as the Wildcats have notched 34 wins against the Spartans.
No. 54 Illinois
Melissa Kopinski and Allison Falkin anchor the Illinois singles lineup. Kopinski holds a 6-8 with two wins over foes ranked in the top-100 and Falkin at 10-6 owns two top-100 victories herself. Illinois’ top doubles pairing, Kopinski and Rachael White, is currently 9-6 and on a two-match winning streak; the No. 21 doubles team in the nation has three wins over top-100 opponents.
The Fighting Illini lead the all-time series with the Spartans, 29-10. MSU picked up its last win in 2007, 5-2.
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