EAST LANSING, Mich. (February 18, 2007) - The ETSU women's tennis team got back on track as they defeated No. 73 Michigan State, 4-3 on Sunday in East Lansing. The Lady Bucs improve to 3-6 on the season while the Spartans fall to 7-1.
The Lady Bucs were able to tie the match at 1-1 as freshman Yevgeniya Stupak defeated Pascale Schnitzer in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1 in the third position. The Spartans would take the lead back as Moskaliova fell to Jessica Baron 6-3, 6-2, in the No. 6 slot.
ETSU continued to battle as Ilina would again tie the match as she defeated last weeks Big 10 player of the week, Christine Bader, 1-6, 7-6(0), 6-2 in the first position. Junior Elena Volobueva (
Sophomore Tara Byrne then clinched the victory for the Lady Bucs as she defeated Sarah Andrews, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in the No. 4 position. Olya Batsula fell in the second position to Stephanie Kebler, 7-6(9-7), 5-5, before retiring due to a hand cramp.
"Overall it was a very good win and helps get us going back in the right direction. We are really looking forward to first conference match against
ETSU returns to
ETSU 4, No. 73
No. 1- Masha Ilina (ETSU) def. Christine Bader (MSU) 1-6, 7-6(0), 6-2
No. 2- Stephanie Kebler (MSU) def. Olya Batsula (ETSU) 7-6(9-7), 5-5 ret.
No. 3- Yevgeniya Stupak (ETSU) def. Pascale Schnitzer (MSU) 6-2, 6-1
No. 5- Elena Volobueva (ETSU) def. Ana Milosavljevic (MSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
No. 6- Jessica Baron (MSU) def. Vita Moskaliova (ETSU) 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish- 3,6,1,5,4*,2
* - clinching match
No. 1- Bader/Kebler (MSU) def. Stupak/Ilina (ETSU) 8-5
No. 2- Milosavljevic/Schnitzer (MSU) def. Byrne/Batsula (ETSU) 8-3
No. 3- Andrews/Baron (MSU) def. Stewart/Moskaliova (ETSU) 8-3