April 18, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State women's tennis team (8-12, 0-9 Big Ten) will spend time both home and away this weekend, wrapping up their regular season. The Spartans travel to face No. 62 Ohio State, on Friday, April 20th, at 2 p.m. MSU then returns back to East Lansing for its regular season finale against No. 50 Penn State on Saturday, April 22nd at 11 a.m. Weather permitting, the match will take place outside at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
Scouting the Spartans
Michigan State was defeated in both of its matches this weekend, falling to Iowa, 5-2, and No. 17 Nebraska, 6-1. Despite the losses, sophomore Marina Bohrer recorded a victory in both matches in singles play on court two. Against the Hawkeyes, Bohrer dropped Shelby Talcott 6-4, 6-3. In the match at Nebraksa, Bohrer fell to Patricia Veresova 1-6, in the first set before recording a 6-3 victory. Veresova eventually retired giving Bohrer her tenth victory of the season.
Also against Iowa, redshirt junior Dana Guentert notched a singles victory. Guentert edged Ellen Silver 7-6 (3) before her opponent retired. Freshman Julianne Gruber and sophomore Katarina Lingl combined to drop Iowa's Ally Majercik and Katie Zordani, 8-5, on court three in doubles play.
Looking at Ohio State
No. 62 Ohio State (8-14, 3-6 Big Ten) most recently suffered losses against conference opponents, Illinois. 4-3, and Northwestern, 5-2. Junior Gabby Steele has recorded the most singles wins for the Buckeyes, going 15-6. Fidan Manashirova leads OSU in conference singles matches with a 7-2 and plays most of her matches on court three. Steel and Manashirova combine to form one of the Buckeye's top doubles pairing. The duo has gone 11-7 this season.
Scouting Penn State
The Nittany Lions (11-9, 3-6) face Michigan in their last home match before traveling to East Lansing. No. 76 Petra Januskova leads PSU in singles play with a record of 15-5 on court one. Nina Sertic has posted an impressive 10-2 record at the No. 6 singles position. Januskova and Chelsea Utting have paired up to go 10-5 on court one in doubles play as well.
Overall, the Michigan State Spartans have recorded a winning record of 11-8 (.579) at the No. 6 position in singles play. Redshirt junior Dana Guentert has played eight of her singles matches on court six, going 6-2. Freshman Julianne Gruber has also seen time on court six, going 4-4 in her debut season for the Green and White.
How They Rank
MSU is 0-7 against ranked opponents In four of those losses, the Spartans were able to record at least one point against No. 26 Minnesota, 5-2. No. 41 Indiana, 6-1, and No. 33 Purdue, 6-1, and No. 17 Nebraska, 6-1. The Spartans square off against No. 50 Penn State and No. 62 Ohio State this weekend, making it their seventh ranked opponent in the past eight matches.
The Spartans have yet to win a match on the road and have gone 0-6 in their away matches this season.MSU embarks on its final regular season road trip on Friday, April 20th to Ohio State. After playing their last home match against Penn State, the Spartans head back to Columbus for the Big Ten Tournament.
Moving on to Conference Play
MSU went 8-3 in nonconference play this season. They won all eight of their nonconference matches in East Lansing, and only fell in one at home in a 5-2 loss to Akron.
The Spartans wrapped up the nonconference portion of their schedule with a win at home over Ball State. MSU blanked the Cardinals, 7-0 in its last nonconference match of the season. It was the second time of the season that the Spartans prevented their opponent from scoring at least one point. The first time happened in the season opener when Michigan State blanked Oakland, 7-0.
Home Sweet Home
The Spartans kicked off their 2012 season with nine straight home matches, going 7-2 in that period. The Spartans play 14 out of their 22 matches at home this season. Out of those 14, five are against Big Ten opponents. They have recorded an 8-6 record so far this season at home. The Spartans have one home match left this weekend when they host Penn State on April 22nd.
The Spartans kick off post season play when they visit Ohio State for the Big Ten Tournament