April 8, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior Marina Bohrer has been named the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Tuesday. This is Bohrer's first weekly award of her career. She is the second Spartan to receive such an award under sixth year head coach Simone Jardim.
The last Spartan to receive this award was Elena Ivanova on March 31, 2009.
Last weekend, Bohrer tallied a 4-0 combined mark in singles and doubles and helped the Spartans split their matches against two ranked teams.
On April 5, she helped MSU upset No. 34 Illinois, 4-3, by winning both her doubles and singles match. She teamed with freshman Erin Faulkner on the top court for doubles and defeated Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong, 8-4. On the top court in singles, Bohrer went on to defeat Allison Falkin, 6-4, 6-2.
On April 6 against No. 11 Northwestern, Bohrer and Faulkner defeated the No. 21-ranked doubles tandem in the country, Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett, in a tiebreaker on court one, 8-7(4). In singles, Bohrer completed her perfect weekend by taking down Corning, ranked No. 44 in singles, in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.
In addition to winning the weekly award, Bohrer also made her way into the ITA polls this week. Bohrer comes in at No. 120 in singles and is No. 57 in doubles along with Faulkner.
Earlier this season, Bohrer was also crowned the program's all-time singles wins leader. On March 5, Bohrer defeated Niagara, giving her 65 career singles wins and setting a new record. Bohrer tallied a 22-15 mark her freshman year, 12-7 her sophomore year, 18-13 last year, and is currently 18-7 overall this year, including 16-4 in dual play and 4-3 in Big Ten action. All-time for her career, Bohrer is 70-42 (.625) in singles.
Last September, Bohrer was selected to compete at the nationally recognized ITA Women's All-American Championships in California. She was the first Spartan to compete in the event during Jardim's tenure as head coach.
The No. 60 Spartans continue Big Ten play this weekend as they host Wisconsin on Saturday and No. 61 Minnesota on Sunday.