Michigan State (4-1) vs. Eastern Michigan (5-4)
Date: Friday, Feb. 18
time: 5 pm
Location: MSU Indoor Tennis Center (East Lansing, Mich.)
Live Stats: SIDEARM
EAST LANSING, Mich. † Riding a four-match winning streak, the Michigan State women’s tennis team gets ready to host in-state foe Eastern Michigan on Friday, Feb. 18 at 5 pm
MSU and EMU will square off in what is the Spartans’ second of three-straight home matches at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center. The Green and White are coming off a dramatic 4-3 win over Arizona on Feb. 9, having won matches against DePaul, Xavier and Virginia Tech before that after opening the spring with a loss at Notre Dame.
Michigan State came out against Arizona by claiming the doubles point, as senior Nicole Stephens and sophomore Ayshe Cani picked up a 6-3 win, while graduate student Mary Lewis and senior Maja Pietrowicz followed with their own 6-3 victory. In singles action, Lewis got the first victory with a 6-0, 6-1 score, but Arizona got wins over Pietrowicz, senior Lauren Lemonds and Can to take a 3-2 lead. Coming down to the third and sixth courts, Stephens rebounded after losing the first set, winning a 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 match, and freshman Charlotte Gisclon finished off a 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-3 win to secure the Spartan victory.
The victory over Arizona was memorable one, with Lewis facing reformer school for the first time since transferring to MSU four years ago, while head coach Kim Bruno earned her first win over the Wildcats after 10 previous meetings with them during her time at Northern Arizona.
Gisclon leads the team with eight singles victories, one more than Can and Pietrowicz, as the freshman is on a four-match singles winning streak. Both Gisclon and Can are atop the team with 4-1 dual-match singles records. On the doubles side, Lewis and Pietrowicz have posted a team-best nine doubles wins, but Stephens and Can pace MSU with three dual-match doubles victories.
Eastern Michigan enters Friday on a four-match winning streak of its own, defeating UChicago, Milwaukee, Valparaiso and Holy Cross (Ind.) during a three-day stretch. The Eagles will play at Northwood earlier on Friday at 10 am before making the trek to East Lansing. Sabina Brichackova paces the team at a 12-4 singles mark (8-0 in dual-matches), while Vasavi Ganesan holds a 10-5 record in singles competition. Brichackova has paired with Prerna Vichare in doubles action to lead the Eagles at 12-3 overall, posting a 7-1 record in dual-matches.
The Spartans own a 40-6 all-time record against Eastern Michigan, with the last meeting being a 7-0 MSU win on Jan. 23, 2020.
Michigan State concludes the current three-match homestand on Feb. 26 against Bowling Green at 11 am