NCAA Womens Tennis

Spartans Get First B1G Victory Over Indiana, 4-0

University of Michigan

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Fueled by an electric doubles point, the Michigan State women’s tennis team blanked visiting Indiana, 4-0, inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Center on Sunday afternoon.  

Back in the win column, MSU improved to 10-10 overall and earned its first B1G victory of the season, sitting at 1-5. The Hoosiers fall to 6-14 overall and 0-6 in conference play.

The dual started off with strong doubles play for the Spartans taking the doubles point, winning courts two and three.

Sophomore Marley Lambert and junior Liisa Vehvilainen teamed up for the third time this season on court two. The pairing knocked off Saby Nihalani and Li Hsin Lin in a back and-forth match, the Indiana doubles would pull within one after being down 5-2 but wasn’t enough as the Spartans took court two, 6-4.

Shortly after on court three, freshman Ria Bhakta and graduate Nicole Conard would lock the doubles point for Michigan State, defeating Elizabeth Dunac Sarah L’allier, 6-4.

On court one, sophomores Matilde Morais and Issey Purser were down, 5-1, before they captured the momentum and began rallying back to tie the bout, 5-5, before going unfinished.

The energy carried over to the main court for Morais with a 6-3, 6-2 straight set sweep over Nicole Teodosecu.

Vehvilainen continued the scoring for the Green and White, the Turku, Finland, native cruised over Dunac, 6-1, in the first set. In the second set, Vehvilainen was pushed in a tight battle but held off the Hoosier to win in straight sets, 6-4, to extend the Spartans lead, 3-0.

The clinching moment came on court six with freshman Natalie Stasny

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