The University of Minnesota women's tennis team (11-5, 4-1) defeated the Michigan State Spartans (8-9, 0-5) 7-0 in East Lansing, Mich. today. The Golden Gophers swept doubles competition and won five of six singles matches in straight sets to claim their fourth Big Ten win of the season.
Valerie Vladea and Amy Thomas paired up at No. 1 doubles and defeated the Spartans' Caroline Lay and Keri Thompson 8-5. In singles competition, Vladea came back from a one-set deficit to defeat Thompson 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 2 spot. Thomas claimed a 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory over Michigan State's Karen Gustafson at No. 3 singles.
In other doubles action, the Maroon and Gold's Angela Buergis and Nischela Reddy downed Gustafson and Kate Thomas 8-4. Michaela Havelkova and Brandi Watts breezed past Josie Schmude and Marta Walasek 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.
At No. 1 singles, Buergis fell behind 3-6 to the Spartans' Lay in the first set, but claimed the second set, 6-3, and the tie-break set, 10-2, to earn the victory. Havelkova swiftly defeated Kate Thomas 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Reddy and Watts also won their respective matches in straight sets.
The Maroon and Gold will return to the Baseline Tennis Center April 5 at 10:00 a.m. when they face the Wisconsin Badgers.
Minnesota 7, Michigan State 0
1. Angela Buergis (MINN) def. Caroline Lay (MSU) 3-6, 6-3 (10-2)
2. Valerie Vladea (MINN) def. Keri Thompson (MSU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Amy Thomas (MINN) def. Karen Gustafson (MSU) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
4. Michaela Havelkova (MINN) def. Kate Thomas (MSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Nischela Reddy (MINN) def. Josie Schmude (MSU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Brandi Watts (MINN) def. Marta Walasek (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
1. Thomas/Vladea (MINN) def. Lay/Thompson (MSU) 8-5
2. Buergis/Reddy (MINN) def. Gustafson/Thomas (MSU) 8-4
3. Havelkova/Watts (MINN) def. Schmude/Walasek (MSU) 8-2