Women's Tennis Faces Illinois in Big Ten Tournament
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
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
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.
Picking up the Point
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