sMinnesota swept the doubles matches and won five of six singles matches in defeating Michigan State, 6-1, in the final home match of the season. The win moves Minnesota into a tie with Wisconsin for second place in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers improve to 13-5 overall and 6-2 in the conference.
Minnesota swept the doubles point for the second consecutive match. The No. 2 team of seniors Tarah Elkins and Sitinee Rangsithienchai won their eighth consecutive match, defeating Kelli Hayes and Niki Skogerboe, 8-5. Minnesota has won the doubles point six of eight Big Ten matches this season.
Senior Sitinee Rangsithienchai defeated Niki Skogerboe at No. 3 singles. Junior Nora Sauska added a victory at No. 1 singles, defeating Brooke West, 6-0, 6-1, to put the Gophers up 3-0. Junior Kim Simonsen won the deciding match for Minnesota, defeating Isabell Oelze, 6-1, 6-0.
Sophomore Tammy Wang added a win at No. 6 singles over Jaime Tannenbaum, 7-6, 6-4. Wang is 8-0 overall and 4-0 during the dual match season.
Senior Tarah Elkins closed the match with a come-from- behind victory at No. 5 singles. Elkins dropped the first set, 5-7, but won the second, 6-2. In the third, Elkins was down 5-2 before winning in a tiebreaker.
Minnesota 6, Michigan State 1
No. 1 - Nora Sauska, Gophers, def. Brooke West, MSU, 6- 0, 6-1
No. 2 - Kim Simonsen, Gophers, def. Isabell Oelze, MSU, 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 - Sitinee Rangsithienchai, Gophers, def. Niki Skogerboe, MSU, 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 - Kelli Hayes, MSU, def. Jana Hrdinova, Gophers, 7-5, 6-1
No. 5 - Tarah Elkins, Gophers, def. Brooke Townsend, MSU, 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (1)
No. 6 - Tammy Wang, Gophers, def. Jaime Tannenbaum, MSU, 7-6, 6-4
No. 1 - Simonsen/Hrdinova def. Tannenbaum/Oelze 8-3
No. 2 - Elkins/Rangsithienchai def. Hayes/West 8-5
No. 3 - Sauska/Jen Howard def. Skogerboe/Townsend 8-2
Minnesota: 13-5, 6-2
Big Ten Standings
1. Northwestern 7-1 2. Minnesota 6-2 Wisconsin 6-2 4. Ohio State 6-3 5. Illinois 5-3