Women’s tennis hosts DePaul in home opener

Michigan State (0-1) vs. DePaul (1-2)
Dated: Sunday January 30
Time: 11 a.m. ET
Site: MSU Indoor Tennis Facility (East Lansing, Michigan)
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – After opening the spring season on the road at Notre Dame, the Michigan State women’s tennis team is ready for its home opener on Sunday, Jan. 30, welcoming DePaul to the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.

The first home game with spectators for the Spartans since March 8, 2020, Sunday’s contest will begin a streak where four of MSU’s next six games take place at East Lansing.

“The Spartans fans who come out are always amazing,” said the head coach Kim Bruno. “There’s a great athletic community here, and I know our girls can’t wait to show people their abilities. It’s always a pleasure to be home in East Lansing.”

Bruno’s side began their spring slate of doubles matches on January 22, losing a 6-1 affair with the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame won two doubles matches to grab the first point despite being senior Nicole Stephens and second Ayshe can erasing a 4-1 deficit against Page Freeman and Yashna Yellayi, as this spartan pair fell 7-5 as seniors Lauren Lemonds and freshman Charlotte Gisclo lost the third doubles match by a score of 6-2. Can then won on the No. 4 ground by beating Meghan Coleman (6-3, 6-2) to give MSU a point, and Stephens nearly secured the Spartans victory in the No. 3 spot, but Yellayi the prevailed in a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory which was one of five singles draws in favor of the Irish.

Can and Gisclon now lead the team alongside senior Maja Pietrowicz with four singles wins apiece this season, while Pietrowicz and graduate student Mary Lewis hold the best doubles record at 7-5 this season and are 1-1 against ranked duos.

DePaul entered the weekend to face two Big Ten opponents in three days, as the Blue Demons lost to Wisconsin on Friday, moving them to 1-2 this season after beating Bradley and losing to Army. Eleanor Nobbs beat DePaul with a 9-5 singles record and the most successful doubles duo for the team was Lenka Antonijevic and Yuliya Kizelbasheva with a 10-4 record.

Michigan State will hit the road again to Cincinnati, Ohio next weekend, taking on Virginia Tech in a neutral-site game on Feb. 5 before playing Xavier the next day, Feb. 6.