Women’s tennis hosts Columbia and Indiana this weekend

Michigan State (8-2) vs. Colombia (9-3)
Dated: Saturday March 12
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Location: MSU Indoor Tennis Center (East Lansing, Michigan)
Look: PlaySight
Live statistics: WEAPON OF WEIGHT
Program: PDF

Michigan State vs. Indiana (7-5)
Dated: Sunday March 13
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Location: MSU Indoor Tennis Center (East Lansing, Michigan)
Look: PlaySight
Red zone B1G: cracked rackets
Live statistics: WEAPON OF WEIGHT

EAST LANSING, Mich. – After a thrilling victory in West Virginia to end its road trip, Michigan State’s women’s tennis team returns home this weekend for a pair of big matchups at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center.

Coming in at No. 55 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, the Spartans open a three-game homestand on Saturday, March 12 when they host 38th-ranked Columbia in MSU’s final non-conference game of the spring at 11 a.m. The Green and White will then begin Big Ten Conference play on Sunday, March 13 when Indiana comes to town for another showdown at 11 a.m.

Winners of eight of their last nine games, the Spartans enjoyed a six-game winning streak by James Madison last Saturday, but righted the ship with a 4-2 win over Marshall the following morning and a 4-3 win over the Mountaineers the next morning. Wednesday.

MSU dropped doubles point to WVU despite senior Maja Pietrowicz and graduate student Mary Lewis earning a 6-4 win on the No. 2 court. Lewis then won their singles match in first place 6-1, 6-3, but the Mountaineers picked up victories on the fourth and sixth courts to put MSU on the brink of defeat. Pietrowicz went on to claim a three-set victory on the No. 3 court, while his senior colleagues Nicole Stephens and Lauren Lemonds helped secure the Spartans’ return after delayed starts. Stephens had her first set on the No. 2 court up 16 points in a tie-break, but she took that and the second set to level the team’s score at 3-3, while Lemonds won a three-set victory over the fifth court to close out MSU’s victory.

First-year student Charlotte Gisclo and second Ayshe can MSU pace with 10 singles wins each, while the senior trio of Lemonds, Pietrowicz and Stephens all have nine singles wins this season. Stephens has been particularly strong this spring, going 6-1 in doubles, while Can has seven singles wins in doubles.

On the doubles side, Lewis and Pietrowicz’s victory in West Virginia moved them to 10-9 as a duo this season, while Stephens and Can went together to 8-5 and 7-3 since the start of games. two fold.

Columbia was out last week after playing four games in five days Feb. 23-27, as the Lions beat regional foes St. John’s, 4-2, and NJIT, 4-0, on the same day before losing a 4-1 game over No. 45 Iowa State but bounced back with a 4-2 win over No. 65 Washington State to close the streak two days later. Sitting at 9-3 this season and ranked No. 38 in the ITA Tag Team Rankings, Columbia has Akanksha Bhan ranked among the nation’s top singles players at No. 121 with a solo record of 9-11.

Indiana enters the weekend with a 7-5 record and will face No. 32 Michigan on Saturday before heading to East Lansing. After a loss to Utah to open the spring, the Hoosiers posted a five-game winning streak but have gone 2-4 since then. Lara Schneider paces IU with a 15-3 singles record, and she’s also leading the way in the doubles court with partner Laura Masic, as the Hoosier duo are 11-4 this season.

Saturday will be the first ever dual-competition meeting between MSU and Columbia.

Sunday’s B1G showdown will be the 58th all-time series meeting between the Hoosiers and Spartans. IU hold a 48-8-1 all-time advantage after splitting two games last season as both teams picked up a win on their home turf.

Michigan State will wrap up the three-game home game next Saturday, March 19, with a conference game against Purdue. This match is scheduled for a midday start.

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