Sept. 26, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - - The Michigan State women's tennis team will begin its fall schedule Sept. 27-29 when it hosts the 24th-annual Auto-Owners Insurance Spartan Invitational. The tournament will be held at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
The Spartan Invitational will be the first of two tournaments in East Lansing this fall, as MSU will also host the Green and White Invitational on Oct. 26-27.
Senior Marina Bohrer will be competing at the ITA Women's All-American tournament in California, as she was selected to the prequalifying singles bracket. The tournament begins Sept. 28.
MSU is coming off a 2012-13 season in which they compiled an 11-16 record, but had a first-round exit in the Big Ten Tournament.
The Spartans return five seniors, including No. 1 singles player Bohrer, to the team and will also add four freshmen to the roster. Seniors Katarina Lingl and Bohrer have been named captains by head coach Simone Jardim. Jardim is entering her sixth season as head coach.
"Leadership is what we're looking for and (the seniors) know how the program works," Jardim said. "We have good seniors who can help out with the younger ones and show them the way and teach them the way."
Eleven Spartans will see action on the court this weekend. Senior Olga Chernova, along with freshman Erin Faulkner and sophomore Emily Meyers will be competing in singles in Draw A. Chernova posted a 7-16 overall record last year, splitting time between the No. 2 and No. 3 singles position. Faulkner, a native of Raleigh, N.C., will be competing in her first collegiate tournament. Meyers is coming off a 14-12 singles record last season, including wins over four ranked opponents.
Co-captain Lingl will be featured in Draw B for both doubles and singles. Lingl compiled a 6-3 singles record while playing on courts four, five, and six last year and she also posted a 3-1 doubles record.
The Spartan Invitational will be the first competitive look Jardim will have at her 2013-14 team. With the returning players and continuity of the team, she notes the potential the team has in front of them.
"We have the potential, but again that's always something when you talk about living up to that potential," she said. "We've got a lot of work to do before we can even start talking about the future. We'll take one day at a time at the moment and take one tournament at a time and hopefully it will go well and keep improving and keep moving forward."
For daily results of this weekend's tournament, please visit www.msuspartans.com.
Bohrer to represent MSU at ITA Women's All American-Championship
Bohrer, who posted an 18-13 overall record and a 14-11 record in dual matches as the top singles player for the Spartans last season, will not be in attendance this weekend as she is traveling to Pacific Palisades, Calif., to compete in the ITA Women's All-American tournament. Bohrer was selected to the prequalifying singles bracket.
"For her, it is a huge opportunity just to be out there and compete with the best in the country," Jardim said.
Prequalifying begins Sept. 28-29 on the campus of UCLA, and the main draw will be held Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 at the Riviera Tennis Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Two of Bohrer's wins last season came against ranked opponents.
"It's my senior year so it's the first time I've qualified for the tournament, so that is a big accomplishment for me," Bohrer said. "I'll be playing against the best girls in the country so it's going to be nice just to see the level and see where I'm at."