Women's Tennis Prepares for Big Ten Championship
April 26, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After falling in its final conference match of the season to No. 17 Northwestern, 7-0, the Michigan State women's tennis team (12-11, 1-9 Big Ten) will compete in the Big Ten Championship on Thursday, April 28th. The Spartans enter the weekend as the 11th seed and will face the sixth-seeded Illinois (9-12, 5-5 Big Ten) at 1 p.m. The tournament is hosted by 2011 Big Ten Regular Season Champions Michigan.
Last Time Out
Freshman Marina Bohrer and sophomore Dana Guentert both battled it out in their two singles matches, with each having to play a tie-breaker to decide the winner. Bohrer fell to Brittany Wowchuk in the No. 3 singles position, 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-5). In the No. 6 slot, Nida Hamilton defeated Guentert, 6-0, 6-7 (8-6), 1-0 (10-7).
Sophomore Amy Barton lost her singles match at the No. 1 spot to Maria Mosolova, 6-0, 6-0. Belinda Niu downed freshman Valentina Rusakova, 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Olga Chernova was blanked 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 4 slot by Kate Turvy. Sophomore Nicole Herzog also lost by 6-0, 6-0 to Linda Abu Mushrefova.
The Spartans also failed to win a doubles match against the Wildcats. No. 33 Barton and Bohrer were dropped by Abu Mushrefova and Hamilton. Mosolova and Niu defeated Herzog and Wilson, 8-4. Rusakova and sophomore Michaela Silesova fell, 8-3, to Wowchuk and Chernyakova.
Scouting the Spartans
Another Spartan with an impressive personal singles record is Rusakova. Rusakova is 10-10 at the No. 2 spot, and when seeing time at the No. 1 position, is 3-0. Guentert has tallied a 12-6 individual record in singles, seeing most of her playing time at the No. 6 spot where she is 6-6. Another noteworthy Spartan is Silesova, who has compiled a 10-5 record in singles play.
We Meet Again
Michigan State and Illinois met this season on April 17th. The Spartans fell, 6-1, in their last road match. Barton was the lone Spartan to record a point when she tallied a victory at No. 1 singles. The sophomore downed Amy Allin, 6-0, 6-4, in the No. 1 position.
The Spartans failed to win the doubles point against Illinois as well. Wilson and Herzog partnered to defeat Smutko and McCarthy, 8-5, at the No. 2 position.
Two doubles Illinois doubles parings are ranked by the ITA. White and Allison Falkin are at No. 39 and Breanne Smutko and Chelcie Abajian are at No. 73. After falling in their conference opener against Ohio State, the Fighting Illini posted four straight conference victories, before being defeated by Northwestern. Illinois bounced back from the loss and defeat the Spartans, 6-1. It then lost its remaining matches to Minnesota and Wisconsin, both by a score of 4-3.
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Down to the Wire
Doubles: A Point of Interest
Another Spartan tandem that has seen success at doubles is Herzog and Wilson. The pairing has seen action at the No. 2 position and are currently 8-6. They have posted Big Ten doubles wins over Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State, and Indiana. When paired with Guentert, Herzog has gone 5-0 at the No. 3 doubles position.
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