Women's Tennis - MAC Championships Results

Updated 4/28/2000

Day One Results

Bowling Green Clips Ball State, 4-3
The Bowling Green State University Falcons narrowly avoided becoming the first higher seed to lose in the 2000 Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Tournament played April 28 at Western Michigan's Sorensen Courts.

BGSU, seeded No. 3, edged Ball State 4-3 to earn a spot in the tournament semifinals. The Falcons will square off against No. 2 seed Western Michigan on April 29 at 1 p.m in a semifinal match. WMU defeated Northern Illinois 4-0 on April 28. In the other semifinal matchup, No. 4 seed Miami tales on No. 1 Marshall. Miami edged No. 5 Eastern Michigan 4-3 while Marshall cruised past No. 8 Toledo 4-0.

Deidre Bissinger's 7-6 (5), 6-4 victory at No. 4 singles gave Bowling Green a short-lived 3-2 lead. Julie Beekman evened the score for Ball State with a 7-5, 6-2 win at No. 2. The deciding point came down to the No. 3 singles contest, where the Falcons' Meghan Rhodes rallied to defeat BSU's Darcy Poulos 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 and put BGSU in the tournament semifinals.


Bowling Green 4, Ball State 3

Doubles
No. 1 - Darcy Poulos/Gena Tranquada (BSU) d. Abby Bratton/Erika Wasilewski  8-1
No. 2 - Susie Miller/Julie Beekman (BSU) d. Deidre Bissinger/Meghan Rhodes  9-7
No. 3 - Devon Bissinger/Tracy Howitt (BGSU) d. Shelly Brizendine/Alyce Zollman  8-3

Singles
No. 1 - Tranquada (BSU) d. Bratton  6-2, 6-2
No. 2 - Beekman (BSU) d. Wasilewski  7-5, 6-2
No. 3 - Rhodes (BGSU) d. Poulos  3-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 - Deidre Bissinger (BGSU) d. Miller  7-6 (5), 6-4
No. 5 - Devon Bissinger (BGSU) d. Brizendine  6-3, 6-1
No. 6 - Howitt (BGSU) d. Zollman 6-1, 6-2

Miami Outlasts Eastern Michigan, 4-3
The Miami University RedHawks earned a spot in the semifinals of the 2000 Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Tournament by winning a 4-3 thriller over Eastern Michigan on April 28 at Western Michigan's Sorensen Courts.

Miami moves on to face No. 1 seed Marshall, who defeated Toledo 4-0. The RedHawks improved to 12-10 on the year while EMU fell to 9-11. Miami and Marshall play at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, for a chance to win the automatic NCAA Tournament bid.

After falling behind 1-0 after doubles play, Miami rallied with singles wins at No. 4, 5, and 6. Junior Janet Baker came through with the match-winning point. Baker won a three-set match against the Eagle's Manuela Todorova 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4. MAC Player and Freshman of the Year Rebecca Hawkins and fellow rookie Lisa D'Amelio both won singles matches for EMU. Hawkins knocked off fellow all-conference first-team pick Kadija Richards 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 at No. 1. D'Amelio won 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 against Ivona Grujic at No. 2. Eastern Michigan had reached the MAC finals the last two seasons.


Miami 4, Eastern Michigan 3

Doubles
No. 1 - Rebecca Hawkins/Lisa D'Amelio (EMU) d. Janet Baker/Ivona Grujic 8-3
No. 2 - Kadija Richards/Emily Frame (MU) d. Aino Kalervo/Manuela Todorova  8-6
No. 3 - Christy Helsigner/Agnieska Tokarczuk (EMU) d. Erica Echko/Alyson Gabel  9-8 (3)

Singles
No. 1 - Hawkins (EMU) d. Richards 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
No. 2 - D'Amelio (EMU) d. Grujic  2-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 - Baker (MU) d. Todorova  4-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 - Bengtsson (MU) d. Kalervo  6-4, 6-1
No. 5 - Echko (MU) d. Tokarczuk  6-3, 6-3
No. 6 - Gabel (MU) d. Helsinger  6-2, 6-1