Women’s tennis wins Saturday sweep against Bowling Green

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State used a clean sweep to win its sixth straight game on Saturday, scoring a 7-0 victory over Bowling Green in non-conference women’s tennis action at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center.

The Spartans moved to 6-1 with the win, MSU’s best spring start since an identical 6-1 opening streak in 2018. For the visiting Falcons, they went 2-5 this season.

Michigan State started doubles action with senior Nicole Stephens and second Ayshe can en route to a 6-2 top court victory over the Falcons’ Selina Karg and Hannah Neuman. Senior Maja Pietrowicz and junior Monique Karoub then paired for the first time this season to score a 6-4 victory over the No. 3 BGSU duo of Annika Vetter and Florencia Fuentes, clinching the opening point for MSU.

The Spartans swept the doubles courts in their first year Charlotte Gisclo and junior Dagmar Zdrubecka broke a 5-5 tie by taking the next two points over Ioanna Tsadari and Maru Poppe, completing a 7-5 win.

Single action saw Nicole Stephens pick up a second-place win, as Karg medically defaulted with Stephens ahead 5-3 in the first set, giving Michigan State a 2-0 advantage. Gisclon then eliminated Neuman 6-3, 6-1 on the fifth court, before the senior Lauren Lemonds beat Poppe (6-3, 6-1) for 4th and junior Tia Mukherjee followed by a 6-2, 6-1 win over Fuentes on the sixth pitch.

Pietrowicz had to fight hard to win her showdown with Ioanna Tsadari on the best singles court, but the Spartan prevailed in the end with a 6-4, 6-4 scoreline. To end the afternoon, Can, who needed a tiebreaker in the second set to secure a 7-5, 7-6(4) victory over Vetter and close out the Michigan State sweep .

The singles victory extended Gisclon’s winning streak to six games as the Spartans now hold a 23-1 advantage in the all-time series with the Falcons.

Michigan State now hits the road for three games at Mountaineer State, opening with a neutral site contest against James Madison on March 5 in Huntington, WV The Spartans then stay in Huntington to play Marshall on March 6 before heading to Morgantown for a March 9 showdown with West Virginia.

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