Women's Tennis Prepares for Iowa and No. 12 Nebraska
The Spartans will face the Hawkeyes and Cornhuskers at the MSU Indoor Tennis Courts this weekend.
April 11, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s tennis returns to East Lansing to face Iowa and No. 12 Nebraska this weekend. MSU will take on the Hawkeyes at 12 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, and No. 12 Nebraska at 12 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. Both matches will be held at the MSU Indoor Tennis Courts. The Spartans own a 10-12 record on the season and are 0-7 in Big Ten matches.
"Practice has been very good this week and we've addressed some areas where we need to play better," said head coach Simone Jardim. "We've played very well at different spots over the last month and we're ready to put it all together this weekend."
Last Time Out
The Spartans suffered a loss to No. 14 Northwestern on Saturday, 6-1, and fell to No. 54 Illinois, 6-1, on Sunday.
On Saturday, the Spartans stole their lone point from the Wildcats when senior Nicole Herzog downed her opponent Alicia Barnett, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7), in No. 4 singles.
MSU’s lone point against Illinois came on singles court three, from sophomore Catherine Parenteau. Parenteau picked up her ninth win of the season in a 0-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6) victory over Breanne Smutko. Sophomore Julianne Gruber and freshman Emily Meyers earned a victory in doubles last weekend at 8-4.
Junior Marina Bohrer has competed on court one in every singles match this season. Bohrer is 12-8 on the season, including two victories over regionally ranked opponents. Sharing time at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots are junior Olga Chernova and sophomore Catherine Parenteau, posting 7-12 and 9-13 records, respectively. Freshman Emily Meyers is 9-12, splitting time on courts four, five and six. Senior Michaela Silesova’s record fell to 6-5 after a pair of losses this weekend and senior Nicole Herzog holds a 9-9 tally after picking up a win at No. 14 Northwestern.
Sophomore Julianne Gruber and freshman Emily Meyers are the top Spartan doubles pairing with action at all three spots and boast an 11-6 record after a victory this weekend at Illinois. On court one in doubles, senior Marina Bohrer and sophomore Catherine Parenteau own a 9-10 record at the top spot. Seniors Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova are 6-10 on the season, 5-10 on court two.
Last weekend, the Hawkeyes fell to No. 32 Indiana, 6-1, on Friday and suffered a 5-2 defeat against Purdue on Sunday.
No. 98 Ruth Seaborne holds a 10-6 record in No. 1 singles to lead the Hawkeyes. Shelby Talcott at the No. 2 slot is 11-6 on the season, with two of those wins from action on court one. Caitlin Hindmarsh anchors the back half of Iowa’s lineup with an 11-4 record.
Ruth Seaborne and Morven McCulloch are 12-5 on doubles court one, sit at No. 48 in the country. Annette Dohanics and Caitlin Hindmarsh own Iowa’s second-best doubles record at 7-5.
MSU has not defeated Iowa since 2008.
No. 12 Nebraska
The Cornhuskers picked up wins against No. 19 Purdue, 6-1, and No. 32 Indiana, 5-2, last weekend.
No. 14 Mary Weatherholt sits at the top spot for Nebraska with an 18-1 record in dual matches. Patricia Veresova picked up a pair of victories at No. 2 singles last weekend to improve her record to 16-3. Maggy Lehmicke and Stefanie Weinstein are 15-5 and 13-5, respectively.
Leading the Cornhuskers in doubles play are the No. 6 pairing of Janine Weinreich and Stefanie Weinstein, who are undefeated in doubles matches this season.
Michigan State leads the series against Nebraska, 1-0.
MSU is 8-1 when picking up the doubles point in matches. The Spartans also own one win where no doubles matches were played due to inclement weather.
Luck of the Court
Michigan State has tallied the most wins this season in singles play on court six, notching a record of 13-8. At the top spot, Bohrer is the sole player and has tallied a 12-8 record. At the No. 5 spot, MSU owns an even record of 10-10. In doubles play, the Spartans have tallied a winning record at the first slot, 11-10, and at the third slot, 13-6.
Home Sweet Home
Michigan State is 7-4 on the season in matches in East Lansing. At the MSU Indoor Tennis Courts, the Spartans hold a 7-3 record.
The Spartans marked a 10-5 record during non-conference season. MSU started the season 7-0, the best start since 2007 for the women’s tennis team. MSU spent spring break in Florida picking up wins against Florida Atlantic and Florida International mid-season.
Julianne Gruber and Emily Meyers own the two best records for the Spartans when they compete in doubles matches, at 12-6 and 11-6, respectively. They are 11-6 when they compete together and are 9-6 on doubles court three.
For the Fans
MSU women’s tennis will be providing free pizza to all attendees at the match against Iowa on Saturday, April 13, at 12 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
Michigan State will return to East Lansing to face Ohio State on Friday, April 19, at 2:30 pm. On Sunday, April 21, the Spartans will take on the Nittany Lions of Penn State at 11:00 am ET.