April 25, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After being named the No. 12 seed in the 2012 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament, the Michigan State women's tennis team (8-14, 0-11 Big Ten) will match up against No. 5 seed, Purdue. The Spartans and Boilermakers face each other at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 26th. The tournament is hosted by Ohio State and will take place at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Courts.
Scouting the Spartans
The Spartans wrapped up the 2012 season with an overall record of 8-14 and went 0-11 in the Big Ten. Sophomore Marina Bohrer leads the Spartans with an impressive singles record of 12-7. She also has a team-best conference singles record of 5-6 and is riding a four-match winning streak at the No. 2 spot. The top doubles pairing was this season was redshirt junior Dan Guentret and freshman Hilary Hager. The duo went 5-2 on court three and were a staple in MSU's doubles success.
Last Time Out
In one of their best outings of the season, the Spartans were edged by No. 50 Penn State, 5-2. Even though they lost the overall doubles' point, the tandem of sophomore Marina Bohrer and redshirt Dana Guentert dropped Carmen Sandor and Fernanda Perrotta, 9-7, on court two.
The Spartans won three singles matches, but fell short of capturing their first Big Ten victory. Bohrer was the lone Spartan to win in only two sets, dropping Chelsea Utting, 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot. After being blanked, 6-0, in the first set, sophomore Nicole Herzog fought back to win her match, dropping Perrotta 6-2, 6-1, in the next two sets. On court five, sophomore Katraina Lingl edged Nina Sertic, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
Looking at Purdue
The No. 30 Boilermakers have compiled a 14-6 record and have gone 6-5 in Big Ten Play. Purdue defeated MSU when they first met earlier this season, 6-1. Marina Bohrer tallied the Spartans' lone point when she dropped Lynda Xepoleas 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (11-9) on court two.
Big Ten Tournament Central
Northwestern received the top slot in the 2012 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament. The Wildcats along with Michigan shared the 2012 Big Ten Championship. The winner of the match between the Spartans and the Boilermakers will face No. 4 seed Nebraska on Thursday, April 27th at 10 a.m. The 2012 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament bracket can be found here.
The tournament web site can also be accessed here.
How They Rank
MSU is 0-9 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, No. 17 Nebraska, 6-1, and, No. 62 Ohio State, 6-1. The Spartans dropped a close match to No. 50 Penn State, 4-3.
The Spartans have yet to win a match on the road and have gone 0-7 in their away matches this season.MSU fell in its final regular season road trip on to Ohio State, 6-1. The Spartans head back to Columbus for the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday.
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 8-7 record at home this season.