April 18, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s tennis will finish its home schedule against No. 62 Ohio State on Friday, April 19, at 2:30 p.m.. The Spartans then travel to State College, Pa., to conclude the regular season against No. 43 Penn State on Sunday, April 21, at 11 a.m. The Spartans own a 10-14 record on the season and are 0-9 in Big Ten matches. Prior to the match against Ohio State, seniors Michaela Silesova and Nicole Herzog will be recognized for their accomplishments at Michigan State.
“Senior day is always an emotional day for the team,” said head coach Simone Jardim. “In the past few weeks, the team has improved in singles and doubles. If we can continue the improvements this weekend, good things can happen for our team. We are hoping to have the community support again to cheer on the team and make the matches more exciting.”
Last Time Out
The Spartans were edged by Iowa on Saturday, 4-3, and then suffered a loss against No. 12 Nebraska, 6-1, on Sunday in East Lansing.
On Saturday, MSU took the doubles point but was unable to pick up the victory. Seniors Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova on court two downed Iowa, 8-1, while freshman Emily Meyers and sophomore Julianne Gruber posted an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles. Junior Marina Bohrer on court one won, 6-2, 7-5, and Meyers rallied to win on court five, 6-4, 7-5.
MSU’s lone point against Nebraska came from Emily Meyers in singles on court five, 6-4, 8-6. Meyers and Gruber also won their No. 3 doubles match, 8-2.
Marina Bohrer has competed on court one all season in singles matches and is 13-9 on the season, including two victories over nationally ranked opponents. Sharing time at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots are junior Olga Chernova and sophomore Catherina Parenteau, posting 7-14 and 9-15 records, respectively. Emily Meyers is 11-12 on courts three, four and five, after notching two victories this weekend.
Julianne Gruber and Emily Meyers are the top Spartan doubles pairing with a record of 13-6, seeing action at all three slots. On court one in doubles, Marina Bohrer and Catherine Parenteau own a 9-12 record. Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova are 7-11 on the season, and 6-11 on court two.
No. 62 Ohio State
No. 62 Ohio State dropped two matches last weekend to Illinois, 5-2, and to Northwestern, 6-1. The Buckeyes are 10-11 this season with a 3-6 line in the conference.
No. 62 Kelsey Dieters is 11-9 in dual matches this season, with nine wins coming on court one. Fidan Manashirova sports a 14-6 tally and Gabby Steele is 13-5. Kara Cecil and Kelsey Dieters make up the Buckeyes’ top doubles pairing and are 5-3 on court one.
No. 43 Penn State
Last weekend, the Nittany Lions lost a pair of home matches to Northwestern, 5-2, and to Illinois, 5-2. Penn State is 13-6 overall on the season and 3-6 in Big Ten.
Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting anchor the top two singles slots with records of 15-4 and 14-5, respectively. They are also the key doubles team for Penn State and are ranked No. 30 with a 12-4 record. Devan McCluskey and Jacqueline Zuhse have both notched 10 wins this season.
Senior Nicole Herzog has contributed to the Spartan lineup all four years of her career. During her career, Herzog compiled 29 wins at MSU overall, 20 in duals and nine in tournaments. This season, Herzog tallied two wins in Big Ten play. In doubles matches, she has marked 49 wins, 40 in duals and nine in tournaments. Thirteen of Herzog’s doubles wins came from the top spot. Herzog will graduate with a degree in economics.
Senior Michaela Silesova has added depth to the Spartan lineup for the last four years. She tallied 34 wins in singles play and 39 in doubles matches. In dual matches, Silesova saw a majority of her time on court four where she posted eight wins in singles play. She also notched three wins in Big Ten play. In doubles duals, the Spartan saw 35 wins. Silesova saw the most wins at the second slot in doubles with 19 victories. She will graduate with her degree in apparel and textiles this spring.
MSU is 8-2 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 one, notching a record of 13-9. At the No. 5 spot, MSU owns a record of 12-10 and the Spartans are 13-10 on court six. In doubles play, the Spartans have tallied a winning record at the third slot, 15-6.
Home Sweet Home
Michigan State is 7-6 on the season in matches in East Lansing. At the MSU Indoor Tennis Courts, the Spartans hold a 7-5 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 14-6 and 13-6, respectively. They are 13-6 when they compete together and are 11-6 on court three.
Michigan State will compete in the Big Ten Championships from April 25 to April 28 in Bloomington, Ind.