April 24, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s tennis is the No. 12 seed in the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. MSU (11-15, 1-10) will match up against No. 43 and fifth-seeded Illinois. The Spartans and Fighting Illini will face off at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, April 25 in Bloomington, Ind. The tournament is hosted by Indiana and matches will be held at the Indiana Varsity Tennis Courts.
Last Time Out
Last weekend, the Spartans earned their first Big Ten victory of the season over No. 62 Ohio State, 5-2, on Friday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. MSU was edged by No. 43 Penn State, 4-3, on Sunday in State College.
The Spartans earned the doubles point to start some momentum going into singles matches on Senior Day against the Buckeyes. In doubles play, seniors Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova picked up the win on court two, 8-4. In the third slot, sophomore Julianne Gruber and freshman Emily Meyers pushed past Ohio State, 8-6. Junior Marina Bohrer earned her third victory over a nationally ranked opponent of the season with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over No. 62 Kelsey Dieters at first singles. On court three, sophomore Catherine Parenteau notched a 7-5, 7-5 win. In the fifth and sixth spots, Meyers and Gruber both picked up wins, 6-3, 7-6(2) and 6-3, 6-4 respectively.
On Sunday, Parenteau posted a win, 4-6, 6-4, 1-0, on court two. Meyers fell in the first set, 2-6, and rallied to take the point, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 5 spot. In the sixth slot, Gruber notched a 6-2, 4-6, 1-0, win.
Scouting the Spartans
Junior Marina Bohrer has held the top spot in singles play this season, marking a 14-10 record on the season, including three victories over nationally ranked opponents. On court two, junior Olga Chernova posted a 7-16 record in regular season, while sophomore Catherine Parenteau owns an 11-15 record at the No. 3 spot. Freshman Emily Meyers improved her record to 13-12 after wins against Ohio State and Penn State last weekend. Meyers has seen action on courts three, four, five and six this season. Sophomore Julianne Gruber is 6-2 on the season with time at the fifth and sixth slots.
In doubles play, Meyers and Gruber lead the Spartans with a 14-7 record. Bohrer and Parenteau are 9-13 at the No. 1 spot, while Herzog and Silesova are 7-11 on court two.
No. 43 Illinois
Illinois owns a 13-10 record on the season and were 6-5 in Big Ten play. During regular season, the No. 43 Fighting Illini topped the Spartans, 6-1 in Champaign. The lone Spartan point came from Catherine Parenteau, who defeated Breanne Smutko, 0-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6).
The top two singles starters for Illinois are Melissa Kopinski and Allison Falkin, who boast season tallies of 8-12 and 14-7, respectively. Melissa Kedzierski is 11-8. In doubles, No. 25 Melissa Kopinski and Rachel White hold a 13-8 season record on doubles court one.
The Fighting Illini lead the all-time series with the Spartans, 30-10. MSU last beat Illinois in 2007, 5-2.
Julianne Gruber and Emily Meyers own the top record for the Spartans when in doubles matches at 15-7 and 14-7, respectively. They are 14-7 when they compete together and are 12-7 on court three. Gruber and Meyers are also 6-0 in their last six singles matches.
MSU is 9-3 when earning the doubles point in matches. In the Spartans’ lone conference win this season, they picked up the doubles point against No. 62 Ohio State. The Spartans also own one win where no doubles matches were played due to inclement weather.
Picking up the Point
The Spartans have picked up at least one point in 22 of 26 matches this season. Three conference losses for MSU were by one point (4-3).
Luck of the Court
Michigan State has tallied the most wins this season in singles play on court six, notching a record of 15-10. In both the first and fifth slots, the Spartans are 14-10. In doubles play, the Spartans have tallied a winning record at the third slot, 16-7.
Michigan State women’s tennis held its annual end of season banquet at the Spartan Hall of Fame Café on Tuesday. The coaching staff awarded four members of the team awards for their performances this season. Co-Most Valuable Player awards were given to freshman Emily Meyers and junior Marina Bohrer for their winning records this season. Sophomore Hilary Hager was named the most spirited in the 2013 season. Winning the Most Improved Player award was senior Nicole Herzog.
Home Sweet Home
Michigan State was 8-6 on the season in matches in East Lansing. At the MSU Indoor Tennis Courts, the Spartans held an 8-5 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.
The winner of the match between MSU and Illinois will face the No. 4 seed Purdue on Friday, April 26, at 10 a.m. ET.