Women’s Tennis Finish Off Weekend in Akron

After spending last weekend in Evanston, Illinois, for the Wildcat Invite, the Spartans women’s tennis team headed east to Northern Ohio for the Akron Invitational. West Virginia and Cornell competed with MSU along with host Akron.

While the Spartans had a successful weekend in singles matches, winning 11 of 18 matches, they struggled in doubles as they were only able to come away victorious in five of 11 matches.

The highlight of the weekend came on day two of the invitational when MSU swept Akron in their singles competition. Freshman Lexi Baylis was a part of the sweep as she defeated Maria Bessmertnaya of Akron 6-0, 6-0. She also came away with victories over West Virginia’s Yvon Martinez 6-1, 6-3 and Cornell’s Madison Stevens 6-1, 6-4 to complete an undefeated weekend in singles.

The Spartans will have a week off to prepare before they set their sights on Champaign, Illinois for the ITA Midwest Regional Championships, which will take place Oct. 17-21.


Day One

Singles vs. West Virginia

Kaja Mrgole (WVU) def. Erin Faulkner (MSU), 0-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (8)

Lyn Yuen Choo (WVU) def. Athena Trouillot (MSU), 6-1, 6-4

Catherine Parenteau (MSU) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU), 6-4, 6-3

Aslina Chua (MSU) def. Carolina Lewis (WVU), 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (9)

Lexi Baylis (MSU) def. Yvon Martinez (WVU), 6-1, 6-3

Emily Meyers (MSU) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU), 6-1, 6-1

Doubles vs. Akron

Martina Zerbola/Karolina Maksimava (AKR) def. Erin Faulkner/Aslina Chua (MSU), 8-5

Catherine Parenteau/Athena Trouillot (MSU) def. Ariadna Blinova/Shannon Newnes (AKR), 8-3

Emily Meyers/Lexi Baylis (MSU) def. Sophia Geier/Maria Bessmertnaya (AKR), 8-0

Doubles vs. Cornell

Marika Cusick/Madison Stevens (COR) def. Hilary Hager/Colleen O’Brien (MSU), 8-2


Day Two

Singles vs. Akron

Erin Faulkner (MSU) def. Karolina Maksimava (UA), 7-5, 7-5

Athena Trouillot (MSU) def. Martina Zerbola (UA), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 10-5

Aslina Chua (MSU) def. Ariadna Blinova (UA), 6-2, 6-0

Lexi Baylis (MSU) def. Maria Bessmertnaya (UA), 6-0, 6-0

Emily Meyers (MSU) def. Shannon Newnes (UA), 4-6, 6-2, 10-7

Colleen O’Brien (MSU) def. Sophia Geier (UA), 6-4, 6-1

Doubles vs. Cornell

Dena Tanenbaum/Lizzie Stewart (COR) def. Erin Faulkner/Emily Meyers (MSU), 8-4

Priyanka Shah/Madison Stevens (COR) def. Athena Trouillot/Catherine Parenteau (MSU), 8-6

Marika Cusick/Allegra Hanlon (COR) def. Lexi Baylis/Aslina Chua (MSU), 8-6

Doubles vs. Akron

Hilary Hager/Colleen O’Brien (MSU) def. Sophia Geier/Maria Bessmertnaya (UA), 8-4


Day Three

Singles vs. Cornell

Dena Tanenbaum (COR) def. Erin Faulkner (MSU), 6-2, 6-2

Priyanka Shah (COR) def. Athena Trouillot (MSU), 6-0, 6-4

Lizzie Stewart (COR) def. Catherine Parenteau (MSU), 6-1, 5-7, 10-7

Marika Cusick (COR) def. Aslina Chua (MSU), 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2)

Lexi Baylis (MSU) def. Madison Stevens (COR), 6-1, 6-4

Kristin Quill (COR) def. Emily Meyers (MSU), 6-4, 0-6, 10-4

Doubles vs. West Virginia

Kaja Mrgole/Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) def. Erin Faulkner/ Athena Trouillot (MSU), 8-7 (3)

Lexi Baylis/Emily Meyers (MSU) def. Lyn Yuen Choo/Carolina Lewis (WVU), 8-3

Aslina Chua/Hilary Hager (MSU) def. Yvon Martinez (WVU)/ Kristin Quill (Cornell), 8-6

Zach Fanko is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports.

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