Spartan Women’s Tennis Falls to No. 6 Wolverines
Michigan State women’s tennis opened Big Ten play with a 5-2 loss to No. 6 Michigan
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s tennis opened Big Ten play on Saturday, March 19, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility with a 5-2 loss to No. 6 Michigan. Junior Athena Trouillot won her second-straight match and 16th of the year.
“We knew we had an opportunity, but the doubles point is so important and even though we played well, they played big and stepped up when they needed to,” said head coach Simone Jardim. “Momentum shifts so quickly, and I felt like two of those matches got away from us in a quick fashion. It didn’t put us down, but going into singles against a top-10 team, it is tough being a point down.”
After falling behind early in doubles on court one, junior Erin Faulkner and sophomore Allie Baer stormed back to take a decisive 6-3 victory. As court one finished, the Spartans trailed on court two, 5-3, and were knotted at four all on court three.
The Emily duo of Meyers and Metcalf jumped out to a 2-1 lead over the Maize and Blue’s Alex Najarian and Mira Ruder-Hook, but could not hold off U of M’s pairing, falling 6-3. On court three, freshman Davina Nguyen and Trouillot held a two-game lead over Teona Velehorschi and Sara Remynse before dropping the bout, 6-4.
Trouillot fell behind early to Sara Remynse, but rallied to take set one, 7-5, and claim her second-consecutive match with a super tiebreaker victory. The super tiebreaker was forced by a Remynse 6-4 second set win.
Senior Emily Meyers, who came into the match leading MSU with nine wins this spring, claimed a 6-4 first set that went back-and-forth for the first nine games against Velehorschi at No. 6 singles. A third set was forced by a 6-1 second set victory by Velehorschi. Meyers held on to take the match, though, with a 6-4 deciding frame.
“We have worked hard and prepared well,” Jardim said. “We did a lot of what we worked on. Everybody looked a little bit better today. With AT (Athena Trouillot) and Em (Emily Meyers) getting those wins, it is huge for confidence. For those individuals, it is good. We just need to keep working and get it going.”
Freshman Emily Metcalf looked convincing in the opening set at No. 3 singles, holding a multi-game lead for the majority of the frame. Metcalf would claim set one, 6-2, but stumbled in the second set by the same margin and dropped the deciding frame, 6-0.
The Spartans continue their three-match home stand against No. 63 Purdue (8-7) on March 26. Action from the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility begins at noon with doubles.