No. 67 Women's Tennis Hits Road for Final Regular-Season Weekend
Spartans face No. 42 Purdue Saturday, No. 48 Indiana Sunday.
April 16, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The No. 67 Michigan State women's tennis team will look to add two-ranked road wins to its resume during the final weekend of the regular season. The Spartans (17-6, 5-4 Big Ten) are set to face No. 42 Purdue on Saturday at 12 p.m. at the Schwartz Tennis Center in West Lafayette, Ind. On Sunday, MSU will face No. 48 Indiana at 11 a.m. at the IU Tennis Center in Bloomington, Ind.
The Spartans split their pair of conference matches last weekend. MSU defeated Wisconsin, 6-1, on April 12, and lost to No. 61 Minnesota, 4-3, on April 13.
MSU will attempt to add two more conference wins to its record while on the road this weekend.
"Both matches will be tough against ranked opponents," head coach Simone Jardim said. "However, we are a very good team that has been able to perform well on the road."
The Spartans are 3-2 on the road this season.
In the Polls
MSU remains ranked in this week's ITA poll, coming in at No. 67. This is the second consecutive week the Spartans have been ranked, as they came in at a season-high No. 60 last week. MSU was last ranked in consecutive weeks back in 2011, when it was ranked for five consecutive weeks between March 8 and April 5. The best known ranking for the Spartans is when they appeared at No. 52 on March 15 and 22, 2011.
Senior Marina Bohrer is also ranked in singles for the second consecutive week coming in at No. 112.
The doubles tandem of Bohrer and freshman Erin Faulkner continue to be ranked in doubles as well, coming in at No. 62.
Notes from Wisconsin-Minnesota
- MSU recorded its 17th win of the season against Wisconsin, which is the most since it won a school-record 18 in 1990-91.
- With the victory over Wisconsin, the Spartans also recorded its fifth conference win of the season, which is the most since they won a school-record seven in 1990-91.
- MSU won the doubles point for the 16th and 17th time of the season last weekend. The Spartans are 15-2 (.882) when winning the doubles point.
- Bohrer and Faulkner, ranked No. 62 in the nation in doubles, recorded their fourth straight win on Sunday. The duo are 15-4 in the spring, including 6-3 in conference play.
- Freshman Athena Trouillot recorded her 16th win of the spring against Wisconsin. It was also her 23rd win overall in her freshman campaign, which is second-most in school history for most wins through one season. Trouillot passed Bohrer, who recorded 22 wins in 2010-11, and trails Alicia Leone, who had 27 wins in 1990-91.
- Faulkner recorded her 13th win of the spring against Wisconsin. It was also her 17th win overall in her freshman season, which is now tied for fifth-most in school history for most wins through one season.
- Sophomore Emily Meyers recorded her 11th win of the spring and her 17th win overall this season against Wisconsin. She has record 35 wins during her first two years, which is fourth-most in school history for most wins through two seasons. Alicia Leone is in first with a 42-10 mark through two seasons, Sarah Andrews is second at 41-33, Monty Gettys and Christine Bader are tied for third with 37 wins apiece.
- MSU finished the home slate of its schedule last weekend. MSU compiled a 12-4 overall home record that included 3-3 in the Big Ten.
Bohrer's Winning Streak
The senior co-captain has been on a tear for, really, the entire season. As of late, however, Bohrer's game has gotten even hotter. Over the course of the last two weekends, which consisted of two matches each, Bohrer has tallied eight straight wins, going 4-0 in both singles and doubles. She recorded singles and doubles wins over No. 34 Illinois, No. 11 Northwestern, Wisconsin, and No. 61 Minnesota during the most recent stretch.
Overall for the spring season, Bohrer is 18-4 in singles, including 6-3 in the Big Ten, and is currently ranked No. 112. In doubles, she and Faulkner are 15-4 for the spring, 6-3 in the conference, and No. 62 nationally.
"She has worked hard to get where she is and has been playing smart with lots of confidence," Jardim noted.
Academic Excellence Gala
Seven members of the Spartan tennis program were honored April 14 at the annual MSU Student-Athlete Support Services Academic Excellence Gala. Student-athletes with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above were honored.
Wins from Six Spots
Coach Jardim is quick to point out one of the biggest reasons why this year's Spartan squad has been so successful is due in part to being able to win at any of the six singles positions. MSU has relied on each of the six courts at different times this season, and all six courts have delivered.
In fact, all six singles starters: Bohrer, Faulkner, Parenteau, Meyers, Chernova, and Trouillot, all have at least 10 wins this spring. Bohrer leads the team with 18, Chernova has 17, Trouillot has 16, Faulkner has 13, Parenteau has 12 and Meyers has 11. Overall, as a team, MSU is 94-44 (.681) in singles play, including an even 27-27 (.500) mark in Big Ten action.
MSU is one of just five teams in the Big Ten who have six or more players with doubles-figure wins in singles. Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio State are the other four schools.
Big Ten Update
MSU is currently tied for fourth in the conference with a 5-4 record. MSU is tied with Indiana, and there is also a three-way tie for third at 6-3 ahead of the Spartans. Michigan leads the conference with a 9-0 record.
Eight of the conference's 12 teams are nationally ranked. Northwestern comes in the highest at No. 13.
The 2014 Women's Tennis Big Ten Tournament will be held April 24-27, hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.
The Boilermakers are ranked No. 42 nationally, posting a 10-8 overall record. They are 6-3 in conference play, placing them in a three-way tie for third. Purdue has won five of its last six matches overall. The Boilermakers are 5-8 against ranked opponents this season, including 2-3 against ranked Big Ten opponents.
In singles, Purdue is 31-23 (.574) as a team in conference play. They have double digits wins on each of the six courts, but post just a 6-15 mark on the top court. Mara Schmidt has played 10 matches on court one, including the last four in a row, but posts just a 2-8 mark when playing No. 1.
In doubles, the Boilermakers own a 14-9 (.609) team record in Big Ten action. The tandem of Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany are nationally ranked, coming in at No. 52. Schmidt and Kapitany have played all of their matches on the No. 1 doubles court and post a 10-5 mark.
Purdue is 8-2 when winning the doubles point this season and 2-6 when losing it.
Purdue defeated MSU, 5-2, in the teams' last meeting on April 2, 2013, in East Lansing. Bohrer picked up one of the singles wins for MSU that day.
The Hoosiers, ranked No. 48 post a 5-4 conference record to go along with a 17-7 overall record. Indiana is 4-7 against ranked opponents this season, including 1-4 against ranked Big Ten opponents. The Hoosiers are 7-3 in their last 10 matches. Indiana does not have any ranked singles or doubles players.
In singles, Indiana is 25-29 (.463) as a team in conference play. Katie Klyczek has played 21 of the 24 matches on court one, posting a 12-9 overall record. She is 2-7 in conference play and has lost her last three in a row. Klyczek is 0-4 against nationally ranked singles players. Sophie Garre leads the team with 19 dual wins and is 6-3 in the Big Ten.
In doubles, Indiana is 14-10 (.583) as a team during Big Ten action. Klyczek and Carolyn Chupa are own a 14-6 record, including a 5-3 mark in the Big Ten. The tandem is 7-3 in their last 10 matches and are 1-1 against nationally ranked doubles teams.
Indiana defeated MSU, 7-0, in the teams' last meeting on March 31, 2013, in East Lansing. MSU did earn a doubles win from Meyers and Gruber on court three.
Advantage Michigan State
As the regular season winds down, MSU has shown it has the ability to come up with the clutch shots and play when needed over the course of the season. As a team for the season, MSU is 20-14 (.588) in three-set matches and is 26-22 (.542) in tiebreakers. Especially in conference play, the Spartans has been able to swing potential game-changing matches into their favor. MSU holds a 3-2 record in matches ending in a final of 4-3, including a 3-1 mark in Big Ten matches.
Against Penn State on March 21, MSU split its doubles matches on courts one and three, meaning it would be up to sophomore Emily Meyers and junior Julianne Gruber on court two to pull out the doubles point. Meyers and Gruber went back and forth with Penn State and eventually the match was sent to a tiebreak. Meyers and Gruber grabbed a quick 3-0 lead in the breaker and were able to sustain the lead, close out the match 8-7(5), and clinch the doubles point for MSU. MSU used the momentum from its doubles point to go on and sweep all six singles matches.
Against Nebraska on March 28, the Spartans and Cornhuskers were deadlocked at 3-3 and it was up to freshman Athena Trouillot on court six to win the match for MSU. Coming back from a 5-3 deficit in the third set, Trouillot was able to prevail in a third-set tiebreaker 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(3), and give MSU the win.
Facing No. 34 Illinois on April 5, junior Catherine Parenteau and senior Olga Chernova became the latest Spartans in line to come up clutch and step up. With MSU trailing 3-2 in the match, Parenteau and Chernova were the last two Spartans remaining on court. Both players had won their first set but ended up getting pushed to three sets. Playing on court three, Parenteau stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the final set and closed out the set at 6-2 to tie up the match score. On court five, Chernova was down a break at 4-3 with Illinois serving. Chernova ended her match winning the final three games as she broke Illinois, held her own serve, and then broke Illinois again to win her match and clinch the match for MSU.
Bohrer Sets New Record
Heading into the team's spring break matches on March 5 and 7, senior co-captain Marina Bohrer was tied atop the school's all-time career singles wins with 64. With her 6-0, 6-2, win over Ashley Ta of Niagara on March 5, Bohrer was able to establish herself as the new No. 1 on the career singles wins list. Bohrer went on to defeat Mercer on March 7, 6-1, 6-2, for her 66th career win. Christine Bader and Jessica Baron are tied for second on the wins list, coming in at 64 wins. All-time for her career, Bohrer is 72-42 (.632) in singles. She posted a 22-15 mark her freshman season, 12-7 her sophomore year, 18-13 last year, and is currently 20-7 overall this season, including 18-4 in spring dual play.
This weekend marks the conclusion of the regular season. MSU will head to Evanston, Ill., to compete in the 2014 Women's Tennis Big Ten Tournament hosted by Northwestern on April 24-27.