Women's Tennis Wraps Up Competitive Weekend at Wildcat Invite

Women’s Tennis Wraps Up Competitive Weekend at Wildcat Invite

EVANSTON, Ill. – Michigan State women’s tennis completed play at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center on the campus of Northwestern University Sunday afternoon, as the Spartans joined a seven-team field and took home 10 overall victories at the 2022 Wildcat Invite.

MSU sent seven student-athletes to the event, including junior Ayshe Cangraduate Nicole Conardfreshman Makenna Martinezfreshman Juliet Naskjunior Marlo Schiffmansophomore Liisa Vehvilainen and senior Dagmar Zdrubecka. The Spartans faced off against competitors from host-Northwestern, Marquette, Kansas, Iowa State, USF and Chicago State.

Vehvilainen led the way with four overall victories on the weekend, highlighted by a pair of wins in both singles and doubles play. The Turku, Finland, native cruised by Northwestern’s Briana Crowley in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4, before overcoming a difficult loss in the opening set to defeat Silvia Maria Costache of Kansas by a 0-6, 6-4, 6 -3 scores. In doubles play, Vehvilainen teamed up with Can to defeat Chie Kezuka and Anna Supapitch Kuearum of Iowa State by a 6-3 margin. The tandem completed the tournament with a hard-fought 7-5 win over Kansas’ Costache and Carmen Roxana Manu.

The MSU pairing of Conard and Nask battled together over the weekend, publishing a 6-4 win over the USF pairing of Sierra Berry and Grace Schumacher. Conard added a pair of singles wins as well, dismantling USF’s Kiana Mokhtari by a 6-3, 6-0 score before earning yet another straight-set result over Marquette’s Emma Davis, 6-4, 6-3. Nask took home her first career singles victory, notching an ultra-competitive 7-6, 7-6 win over Berry.

Schiffman booked a pair of wins of his own at the event, winning one singles match and taking home a doubles win as a part of a combination team with Ethel Li of Chicago State. Li and Schiffman teamed up and took down Marquette challengers Emma Davis and Elizabeth Ferdman, 6-1. Schiffman followed that effort up with her first singles win of the 2022-23 campaign, dispatching with Ferdman by a dominating 6-3, 6-0 edge.

Michigan State’s complete results from the Wildcat Invite are listed below.


Michigan State women’s tennis returns to action in two weeks, as the Spartans travel down the road to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take part in the 2022 ITA Midwest Regional Championships. Action from the Varsity Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Michigan is set to begin on Thursday, Oct. 20 and run through Monday, Oct. 24.

Wildcat Invite – Full Tournament Results
Vandy Christie Tennis Center – EvanstonIll.

Sydney Pratt (NU) def. Ayshe Can (MSU) 6-1, 6-2
Liisa Vehvilainen (MSU) def. Briana Crowley (NU) 6-0, 6-4
Maria Shusharina (NU) def. Dagmar Zdrubecka (MSU) 6-0, 6-1
Jennifer Reister (NU) def. Makenna Martinez (MSU) 7-5, 4-6, 7-5
Nicole Hopman (MARQ) def. Marlo Schiffman (MSU) 6-3, 6-4
Anna Supapitch Kuearum (ISU) def. Juliet Nask (MSU) 6-3, 6-3
Nicole Conard (MSU) def. Kiana Mokhtari (USF) 6-3, 6-0
Cliona Walsh (USF) def. Makenna Martinez (MSU) 7-5, 6-4
Laura Pellicer (USF) def. Dagmar Zdrubecka (MSU) 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
Chie Kezuka (ISU) def. Liisa Vehvilainen (MSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Anna Supapitch Kuearum (ISU) def. Ayshe Can (MSU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-0
Marlo Schiffman (MSU) def. Elizabeth Ferdman (MARQ) 6-3, 6-0
Grace Schumacher (USF) def. Nicole Conard (MSU) 6-4, 6-3
Juliet Nask (MSU) def. Sierra Berry (USF) 7-6, 7-6
Nicole Conard (MSU) def. Emma Davis (MARQ) 6-4, 6-3
Carmen Roxana Manu (KU) def. Ayshe Can (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
Liisa Vehvilainen (MSU) def. Silvia Maria Costache (KU) 0-6, 6-4, 6-3
Ireland Simme (USF) def. Juliet Nask (MSU) 3-1, retired
Mariana Manyoma-Velasquez (KU) def. Dagmar Zdrubecka (MSU) 6-1, 6-1
Jocelyn Massey (KU) def. Makenna Martinez (MSU) 6-0, 6-1


Sydney Pratt / Briana Crowley (NU) def. Ayshe Can / Liisa Vehvilainen (MSU) 6-2
Maria Shusharina / Jennifer Riester (NU) def. Makenna Martinez / Dagmar Zdrubecka (MSU) 6-3
Tiana Windbuchler / Nicole Hopman (MARQ) def. Marlo Schiffman (MSU) / Ethel Li (CSU) 6-4
Kiana Mokhtari / Marta Falceto Font (USF) def. Juliet Nask / Nicole Conard (MSU) 6-4
Laura Pellicer / Cliona Walsh (USF) def. Makenna Martinez / Dagmar Zdrubecka (MSU) 6-3
Ayshe Can / Liisa Vehvilainen (MSU) def. Chie Kezuka / Anna Supapitch Kuearum (ISU) 6-3
Ethel Li (CSU) / Marlo Schiffman (MSU) def. Emma Davis / Elizabeth Ferdman (MARQ) 6-1
Juliet Nask / Nicole Conard (MSU) def. Sierra Berry / Grace Schumacher (USF) 6-4
Justine Leong / Christina Hand (NU) def. Juliet Nask / Nicole Conard (MSU) 6-4
Ayshe Can / Liisa Vehvilainen (MSU) def. Carmen Roxana Manu / Silvia Maria Costache (KU) 7-5
Mariana Manyoma-Velasquez / Jocelyn Massey (KU) def. Makenna Martinez / Dagmar Zdrubecka (MSU) 6-4


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