Here is a look at last week's MAC Women's Tennis action.
Women's Tennis Falls 5-2 to Nationally-Ranked Penn State
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's tennis team closed out it season-opening homestand with a 5-2 loss to 50th-ranked Penn State on Sunday afternoon at LaTuchie Tennis Center.
Penn State (2-0) won on 2-of-3 doubles courts and made its way through the Akron (1-1) singles lineup with relative ease, winning at Nos. 1, 2 and 6 singles in straight-sets and claiming a hard-fought three-set decision at No. 4.
PSU's Petra Januskova, ranked 27th nationally, topped Olga Shkundina 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Chelsea Utting downed Prang Pantusart 6-3, 6-1 at No. 2. Jacqueline Zuhse got the best of Madison Cohen 6-1, 6-3 at No. 6. Carmen Sandor earned a 6-2, 6-7 (6), 1-0 (2) win over Angelika Jogasuria at No. 4.
The Zips posted their points with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 3 singles by Angelina Jogasuria over Devan McCluskey, and a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5 from Ksenia Berestetska versus Katherine Whiteaway.
The teams split Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, with the Nittany Lions duo of Sandor and Sarah Henderson getting Cohen and Andrea Duva 8-5 at No. 3 first, and the Zips' pair of Pantusart and Angelina Jogasuria winning 8-6 at No. 1 over Januskova and Utting second. After coming back to lead 4-3 at No. 2, the UA team of Shkundina and Berestetska lost 8-5 to Whiteaway and Zuhse to give up the point.
Next weekend, the Zips travel to Los Angeles to compete in the prestigious Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Kick-Off Weekend. UA will take on fourth-ranked USC on Saturday and either 55th-ranked Tulane or 68th-ranked UC Irvine the next day.
Zips Notebook: Despite today's loss, Akron still leads 2-1 in the all-time series with Penn State ... the Zips defeated the Nittany Lions 5-2 on the road in 2010 and 2011 ... after losing her No. 4 singles match in three sets on Friday against Middle Tennessee State, Ksenia Berestetska rebounded with a decisive win today at No. 5 ... Angelika Jogasuria is playing through a shoulder injury.
Women’s Tennis Notches Two Wins in Spring Opener
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's tennis team took down IUPUI by a score of 6-1 and then closed its double header with a SCORE victory over Chicago State in the night cap. With the win the Cardinals improve to 2-0 on the season.
This marks the second straight season that third year Ball State head women's tennis coach Christine Bader has coached the Cardinals to a victory in their spring opener.
Ball State took an early 1-0 advantage over Chicago State after capturing the doubles point. At No. 2 doubles Courtney Wild paired up with teammate Bethany Moore for the 8-3 defeat over Carynee Lloyd and Viviene Noel. The doubles tandem of Kristel Sanders and Lauren Pickrel won their second match of the day at No. 3 doubles with an 8-1 win over Mia Townsell and Mysta Townsell.
Both Wild and Courtney Earnest won their matches at No. 2 and No. 3 singles respectively, given Ball State the 3-0 edge over the Cougars. The victory would then be sealed after Sanders took down Noel by a score of 6-4, 6-2.
In their first match of the afternoon, Ball State earned a 6-1 victory over IUPUI. The Cardinals were able to claim the doubles point when the freshmen duo of Earnest and Ayaka Terashi won 8-4 over Vanessa Whyte and Abbey Neff at No. 1 doubles. No. 3 doubles pairing of Sanders and Pickrel managed to beat Bobbi Modesto and Shelby Hullet, 8-2.
Singles play was a success for the Cardinals, winning all but one match. Wild did not allow her opponent Modesto to win a game as she earned the 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 2 singles. Earnest, Sanders, Moore and Rang were also winners in their respective positions.
The Ball State women's tennis team will host Milwaukee Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. First serve begins at Noon.
BGSU Opens Home Schedule with 7-0 Win over Dukes
Falcons top Duquesne Saturday afternoon at the PTC
The Bowling Green State University tennis team got the home portion of the dual-match schedule off to a successful start, posting wins at all six singles flights en route to a 7-0 victory over Duquesne University Saturday afternoon (Jan. 19). The non-conference match was held at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 1-1 in dual-match play. Saturday's action was the Dukes' first dual match of the season.
BGSU won the doubles points, paced by an 8-0 win by seniors Mary Hill and Jade Johnson at the third flight. The Hill/Johnson duo defeated DU's Paula Gruber and Alexa Miller.
In second-flight action, head coach Penny Dean's team got a win from another pair of seniors, as Maddy Eccleston and Katie Grubb topped Chandler Consonery and Judy Li by an 8-5 score to clinch the doubles points. The Dukes picked up a win at the top flight, as DU's Megan O'Sullivan and Sarah Shashura got past BG juniors Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland, 8-4.
In singles play, however, the Falcons won at each of the top-six flights, capturing five of those matches in straight sets. At the top-five flights, only one of the 10 total sets was as close as 6-4.
Hill lost only two total games in her fourth-flight win over Consonery, while Chiricosta dropped only three games -- all in the second set -- in a win over O'Sullivan at the second flight.
Grubb defeated Alrissa Tobe at the fifth flight, with both sets ending in 6-2 scores, and Reuland lost just five total games in a victory over Li at the top flight. Eccleston came out on the winning side of a pair of 6-3 sets in third-flight play against Shashura.
Falcon freshman Katie Brozovich saw her match go to a third-set tiereaker for the second consecutive day. After suffering a narrow loss on Friday at No. 19 Notre Dame, Brozovich defeated DU's Miller on Saturday. The BG freshman won her opening set, 6-2, but Miller rallied to win the second set in a tiebreaker. The third-set tiebreaker saw Brozovich pull out a 10-7 victory to give BGSU a sweep of the six singles matches.
The Falcons and Dukes played two additional singles matches and one doubles contest that did not count in the final match scoring. Brozovich and fellow freshman Drew Fillis picked up a doubles victory, while Johnson was a winner over Gruber in her singles match, with Fillis falling in a third-set tiebreaker.
BGSU is back in action next weekend, heading to Chicago for a pair of matches. The Falcons will face Drake in neutral-site action on Saturday (Jan. 26), before meeting Chicago State the following morning (Jan. 27).
BOWLING GREEN 7, DUQUESNE 0
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Perrysburg Tennis Center; Perrysburg, Ohio
1 – Emily Reuland (BGSU) def. Judy Li 6-1, 6-4
2 – Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Megan O’Sullivan 6-0, 6-3
3 – Maddy Eccleston (BGSU) def. Sarah Shashura 6-3, 6-3
4 – Mary Hill (BGSU) def. Chandler Consonery 6-1, 6-1
5 – Katie Grubb (BGSU) def. Alrissa Tobe 6-2, 6-2
6 – Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Alexa Miller 6-2, 6-7(4), 1-0(4)
# – Jade Johnson (BGSU) def. Paula Gruber 6-1, 6-3
# – Laurence Lambert (DU) def. Drew Fillis 3-6, 7-5, 1-0(7)
1 – O’Sullivan/Shashura (DU) def. Chiricosta/Reuland 8-4
2 – Eccleston/Grubb (BGSU) def. Consonery/Li 8-5
3 – Hill/Johnson (BGSU) def. Gruber/Miller 8-0
# – Brozovich/Fillis (BGSU) def. Lambert/Tobe 8-4
Women's Tennis Falls at Eastern Kentucky, 6-1
Eagles now 1-3 after setback to the Colonels
RICHMOND, Ky. — Head Coach Ryan Ray's Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team dropped a 6-1 dual-meet matchup to the Eastern Kentucky University Colonels here Saturday, Jan. 19, indoors at the Greg Adams Tennis Center. The Eagles, now 1-3 on the season.
"We came out very flat and with low intensity," said Coach Ray. "That doesn't get the job done. EKU played solid tennis, we need to be more prepared mentally to win these matches."
EMU returns to action Tuesday, Jan. 22, with a 4 p.m. match at Michigan State University.
Eastern Kentucky 6, Eastern Michigan 1
Jan. 19, 2013 at Richmond, Ky. (Greg Adams Tennis Center)
1. FAOUZI, Amandine (EKU) def. Nino Mebuke (EMU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Klara Supejova (EMU) def. GERRITSEN, Melissa (EKU) 7-6, 7-6
3. LABEJA, Kristina (EKU) def. Daphne Friedrichs (EMU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
4. OSCOZ, Saioa (EKU) def. Mariya Toncheva (EMU) 6-2, 6-4
5. JIMENEZ, Marcela (EKU) def. Ankita Bhatia (EMU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-5
6. RODRIGUEZ, Carmen (EKU) def. Zsofia Biro (EMU) 6-4, 6-3
1. Nino Mebuke/Klara Supejova (EMU) def. LABEJA, Kristina/OSCOZ, Saioa (EKU) 8-5
2. FAOUZI, Amandine/GERRITSEN, Melissa (EKU) def. Daphne Friedrichs/Mariya Toncheva (EMU) 8-2
3. JIMENEZ, Marcela/POFFO, Milena (EKU) def. Ankita Bhatia/Zsofia Biro (EMU) 8-4
Tennis Drops Opener to No. 49 Indiana
CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Indiana spoiled the season opener for Miami Tennis Saturday, winning all nine matches for a 7-0 victory over the RedHawks. The match was played at Western Tennis and Fitness Club in Western Hills.
Christiana Raymond was the only RedHawk to capture a set during the match, opening her No. 2 tilt with a 6-4 win in the first set. After dropping the second set by a similar score, she came up just short in the super-tiebreaker, 10-8.
Indiana, ranked 49th in the ITA preseason poll, swept through the doubles action, losing just four games total. The Hoosiers (1-0) won 8-1 at No. 1, 8-3 at No. 2 and 8-0 at No. 3. In singles play, Miami jumped ahead early in the most of the matches, but IU proved too powerful for the RedHawks. The Hoosiers won six matches in straight sets, including a pair of 6-0 decisions.
Miami (0-1) returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Louisville to face the Cardinals. The RedHawks return to Western Hills on Sunday, Jan. 27 for a match against the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Tennis Match Results
Indiana vs Miami
Jan 19, 2013 at Cincinnati, Ohio
(Western Tennis and Fitness Club)
No. 49 Indiana 7, Miami 0
1. Leslie Hureau (INDIANA) def. Nimisha Mohan (MIAMI) 6-2, 6-1
2. Alecia Kauss (INDIANA) def. Christiana Raymond (MIAMI) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
3. Katie Klyczek (INDIANA) def. Alix Thurman (MIAMI) 6-1, 6-2
4. Sophie Garre (INDIANA) def. Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI) 6-4, 6-0
5. Shannon Murdy (INDIANA) def. Ramona Costea (MIAMI) 6-4, 6-0
6. Jithmie Jayawickrema (INDIANA) def. Chloe Heerden (MIAMI) 7-5, 6-3
1. No. 31 Sophie Garre/Leslie Hureau (INDIANA) def. Christiana Raymond/Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI) 8-1
2. Alecia Kauss/Shannon Murdy (INDIANA) def. Nimisha Mohan/Alix Thurman (MIAMI) 8-3
3. Katie Klyczek/Gabrielle Rubenstein (INDIANA) def. Ramona Costea/Chloe Heerden (MIAMI) 8-0
Women's Tennis Sweeps Opening Doubleheader
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team opened the 2013 dual match season with a pair of dominating performances, as the Broncos earned 7-0 sweeps over the Dayton Flyers and the Valparaiso Crusaders at West Hills Athletic Club on Monday. With the wins, the Broncos improve to 2-0 to start the 2013 season.
The Broncos were perfect in regards to their individual match performances on Monday, winning all six singles matches and three doubles matches in each of their team matches. Four of the seven Broncos competing on Monday earned four overall wins, and two others - Caroline Aleck and freshman Hailey Shanahan, making her Bronco debut - won three matches. Kathleen Hawkins was a perfect 2-0 on the day, as well.
The day began with an early match against Dayton, with the Broncos showing no sign of rust despite this being their first competition in more than two months. Maggie Remynse and Kelsey King jumped all over the Flyers' Georgia Lammers and Erin Flibrandt, downing them 8-1 in the No. 3 doubles match to open play. Nini Sujashvili and captain Jill Pastunink followed that effort with an 8-2 defeat of Carly Peck and Maureen Stevens to clinch the doubles point, and Hawkins and Aleck wrapped the doubles session with an 8-3 win over Katie Boeckman and Sammi Hornbarger.
King jumped out to a lightning-fast result against Dayton's Filbrandt in the No. 5 singles match, winning 6-1, 6-0 to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead. Pastunink put the team in a position to win the match with the next point by beating Maureen Stevens 6-0, 6-2, and Remynse clinched the match result with a 6-0, 6-1 drubbing of Boeckman in the No. 4 singles match. With the match against the Flyers no longer in question, the only unresolved matter was the final score; Sujashvili and Shanahan each earned two-set singles victories to make it 6-0, and Hawkins closed the match with a super-tiebreaker victory over Peck, coming back from one set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (2).
Things were even more lopsided in the afternoon match against Valparaiso, as the Broncos made quick work of the Crusaders in both doubles and singles. The doubles pairings of Shanahan & Aleck and Sujashvili & Pastunink finished within moments of one another, clinching the doubles point with a pair of 8-0 finishes in the Nos. 3 and 1 matches, respectively. King and Remynse weren't far behind, downing Kaitlyn Hamel and Megan Barthels 8-2 to sweep the doubles session.
Singles play was equally quick, with no Bronco dropping more than a single game en route to victories. Shanahan picked up the first singles win of the match for the Brown and Gold, defeating Lauren Kammerer 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 6 singles match to set the overall match score at 2-0. Remynse produced an identical result in the No. 3 singles match, beating Michele Fredlake 6-0, 6-0 to put the Broncos in position to win the match. Sujashvili did just that for the Broncos, beating Kristin Zakiewicz 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles match to clinch the victory. Aleck followed with a win in the No. 5 singles match over Angelina Goheen, and Pastunink wrapped the afternoon with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Hamel in the No. 2 match.
Western Michigan University 7, Dayton 0
Jan 21, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Sammi Hornbarger (DAYTON) 6-0, 6-1
2. Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Carly Peck (DAYTON) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2)
3. Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Maureen Stevens (DAYTON) 6-0, 6-2
4. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Katie Boeckman (DAYTON) 6-0, 6-1
5. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Erin Filbrandt (DAYTON) 6-1, 6-0
6. Hailey Shanahan (WMU) def. Victora Marchant (DAYTON) 6-2, 6-3
1. Nini Sujashvili/Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Carly Peck/Maureen Stevens (DAYTON) 8-2
2. Kathleen Hawkins/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Katie Boeckman/Sammi Hornbarger (DAYTON) 8-3
3. Maggie Remynse/Kelsey King (WMU) def. Georgia Lammers/Erin Filbrandt (DAYTON) 8-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,3,4,1,6,2)
Western Michigan University 7, Valparaiso 0
Jan 21, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Kristin Zakiewicz (VALPO) 6-0, 6-1
2. Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Kaitlyn Hamel (VALPO) 6-1, 6-1
3. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Michele Fredlake (VALPO) 6-0, 6-0
4. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Megan Barthels (VALPO) 6-0, 6-1
5. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Angelina Goheen (VALPO) 6-1, 6-1
6. Hailey Shanahan (WMU) def. Lauren Kammerer (VALPO) 6-0, 6-0
1. Nini Sujashvili/Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Kristin Zakiewicz/Michele Fredlake (VALPO) 8-0
2. Kelsey King/Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Kaitlyn Hamel/Megan Barthels (VALPO) 8-2
3. Hailey Shanahan/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Angelina Goheen/Lauren Kammerer (VALPO) 8-0