Here is a look at last weekend's MAC women's tennis results.
Women's Tennis Ends East Coast Trip with Loss at No. 52 Columbia
NEW YORK – The University of Akron women's tennis team closed out its three-match East Coast road trip with a 6-1 defeat by 52nd-ranked Columbia on Sunday at Dick Savitt Tennis Center. The loss ended the squad's six-match winning streak. The Zips' lone point of the day came by way of a 6-4, 6-1 decision at No. 6 singles by Madison Cohen over Amy Li.
Columbia (4-3), the seventh nationally-ranked opponent Akron (7-6) has faced this season, won at the second and third flights of doubles to take a one-point advantage, then posted straight-set victories at Nos. 1-5 singles. At No. 2 doubles, Cohen and Angelika Jogasuria lost 8-3 to Katarina Kovacevic and Tiana Takenaga, while Olga Shkundina and Ksenia Berestetska fell 8-1 at No. 3 to Crystal Leung and Amy Li.
Highlights for the Zips in singles came from Shkundina at No. 2 and Berestetska at No. 4. Shkundina lost her first set 7-6 (9) and the second 6-2. After falling 6-2 in her first set, Berestetska did not go down easy in the second, losing 7-5.
Akron is idle until March 7 when it plays host to Youngstown State at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Zips Notebook: The Lions were the Zips' second Ivy League foe this season (6-1 loss to No. 73 Princeton on Feb. 3) ... Akron was facing Columbia for the second time ever, and first since an 8-1 loss in March 1990 on a neutral court in Florida.
(52) Columbia 6, Akron 1
1. (43) Prang Pantusart/Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) vs. Bianca Sanon/Kanika Vaidya (Columbia) 5-4, DNF
2. Katarina Kovacevic/Tiana Takenaga (Columbia) def. Madison Cohen/Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) 8-3
3. Crystal Leung/Amy Li (Columbia) def. Olga Shkundina/Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) 8-1
1. Bianca Sanon (Columbia) def. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) 6-3, 6-2
2. Kanika Vaidya (Columbia) def. Olga Shkundina (Akron) 7-6 (9), 6-2
3. Crystal Leung (Columbia) def. Prang Pantusart (Akron) 6-3, 6-3
4. Katarina Kovacevic (Columbia) def. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) 6-2, 7-5
5. Tiana Takenaga (Columbia) def. Andrea Duva (Akron) 6-1, 6-3
6. Madison Cohen (Akron) def. Amy Li (Columbia) 6-4, 6-1
Tennis Win Streak Extended to Six Matches with 5-2 Win at NJIT
NEWARK, N.J. – The University of Akron women's tennis team posted its second victory in as many days with a 5-2 defeat of New Jersey Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon at NJIT Tennis Center. The Zips have won six-straight contests and improved their dual-match record to 7-5.
After topping Wagner 7-0 in a neutral court contest at the NJIT Tennis Center yesterday, Akron kept its win streak going today by again claiming the doubles point and then winning in straight sets at Nos. 1-4 singles to take match point.
Same as against Wagner, the Zips won at the first and third flights of doubles. At No. 1, it was the 43rd-ranked team of Prang Pantusart and Angelina Jogasuria over Ksenia Kuzmenko and Jana Luste 8-4 to improve to 11-0 this season. Olga Shkundina and Ksenia Berestetska took No. 3 from Monika Graff and Hannelore MacDonald, 9-7.
In singles, Angelina Jogasuria got the best of Kuzmenko 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1, Shkundina downed Graff 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2, Pantusart topped Luste 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 and Berestetska defeated Natalia Melibeu 6-1, 6-1 at No. 4. At No. 5 singles, Martina Tripcovici caught Angelika Jogasuria 6-2, 6-1, while Madison Cohen fell 6-4, 6-3 at No. 6 to Carolina Zanotta.
Zips Notebook: Akron won the doubles point for the third-straight match and fifth time during its win streak ... the Zips did not claim the doubles point against East Tennessee State on Feb. 15 ... Angelina Jogasuria won her sixth-straight singles match and fifth consecutive when playing No. 1 ... Jogasuria is 5-0 when competing at the top flight of singles this year ... Olga Shkundina won her fifth-consecutive singles contest ... today was the second time this season Shkundina has playing at No. 2 ... after not competing on Friday against Wagner, Ksenia Berestetska extended her win streak in singles to seven matches with today's win at No. 4 ... Akron improved to 2-0 all-time versus NJIT ... the Zips downed the Highlanders 7-0 last season in Akron.
Akron 5, NJIT 2
1. (43) Prang Pantusart/Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) def. Ksenia Kuzmenko/Jana Luste (NJIT) 8-4
2. Natalia Melibeu/Carolina Zanotta (NJIT) vs. Madison Cohen/Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) 7-6, DNF
3. Olga Shkundina/Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Monika Graff/Hannelore MacDonald (NJIT) 9-7
1. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) def. Ksenia Kuzmenko (NJIT) 6-4, 6-2
2. Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Monika Graff (NJIT) 7-5, 6-1
3. Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Jana Luste (NJIT) 6-1, 6-1
4. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Natalia Melibeu (NJIT) 6-1, 6-1
5. Martina Tripcovici (NJIT) def. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) 6-2, 6-1
6. Carolina Zanotta (NJIT) def. Madison Cohen (Akron) 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish:
Doubles – 1, 3
Singles – 3, 4, 2, 1, 5, 6
Women's Tennis Shuts Out Wagner, Wins Fifth-Straight Match
NEWARK, N.J. – The University of Akron women's tennis team extended its win streak to five matches on Friday afternoon with a 7-0 victory over Wagner on a neutral court at the New Jersey Institute of Technology Tennis Center.
The Zips (6-5) faced little resistance from the Seahawks (2-3), allowing their opponent to win just one game in doubles and one in singles on the way to claiming their first shutout of the season.
UA's No. 1 doubles team of Prang Pantusart and Angelina Jogasuria, ranked 43rd nationally, downed Rachel Jurgielewicz and Nicole Vukov by a count of 8-0, and the Zips pair of Olga Shkundina and Andrea Duva clinched the doubles point with an 8-0 defeat of Aurora Brennan and Lauren Hauer at No. 3. Akron's Madison Cohen and Angelika Jogasuria got the best of Julia Teichman and Jenna Harris 8-1 at No. 2.
In singles, the only Zip to drop a game was Pantusart in the second flight. She topped Vukov 6-0, 6-1. UA won 6-0, 6-0 at each of the other five positions – Angelina Jogasuria at No. 1, Shkundina at No. 3, Angelika Jogasuria at No. 4, Cohen at No. 5 and Duva at No. 6.
Zips Notebook: The UA duo of Prang Pantusart and Angelina Jogasuria improved to 10-0 in doubles this season ... Angelina Jogasuria won her fifth-straight singles match and fourth consecutive when playing in the first flight ... Jogasuria is 4-0 at No. 1 singles this year ... Olga Shkundina won her fourth-straight singles contest and improved to 2-0 at the No. 3 spot in the lineup ... Pantusart ended a two-match singles losing streak ... the Zips and Seahawks were meeting for the first time on the tennis court.
Akron 7, Wagner 0
1. (43) Prang Pantusart/Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) def. Rachel Jurgielewicz/Nicole Vukov (Wagner) 8-0
2. Madison Cohen/Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) def. Julia Teichman/Jenna Harris (Wagner) 8-1
3. Olga Shkundina/Andrea Duva (Akron) def. Aurora Brennan/Lauren Hauer (Wagner) 8-0
1. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) def. Rachel Jurgielewicz (Wagner) 6-0, 6-0
2. Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Nicole Vukov (Wagner) 6-0, 6-1
3. Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Julia Teichman (Wagner) 6-0, 6-0
4. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) def. Jenna Harris (Wagner) 6-0, 6-0
5. Madison Cohen (Akron) def. Lauren Hauer (Wagner) 6-0, 6-0
6. Andrea Duva (Akron) def. Kari Rezac (Wagner) 6-0, 6-0
Order of finish:
Doubles – 1, 3, 2
Singles – 3, 4, 2, 1, 5, 6
Women's Tennis Suffers 4-3 Loss at Cleveland State
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Ball State women's tennis lost a competitive 4-3 match to Cleveland State Sunday afternoon at the Paramount Tennis Club. With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 7-5 on the season.
In doubles play, Bethany Moore and Kristel Sanders finished first pulling off the 8-2 victory over the Vikings Maria Lazaris and Nicole Janek at the No. 2 spot. At the No. 1 position, the twosome of Courtney Wild and Courtney Earnest took down Alex Bush and Kara Sherwood 8-4 claiming the doubles point for the Cardinals.
After that, Ball State fell at the No. 6, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 2 positions which put Cleveland State ahead by a score of 4-1. Bethany Moore won in three sets at No. 4 singles after beating Kara Sherwood. Wild also managed a three set defeat at the No. 1 spot over Mathilde Orange.
The Ball State women's tennis team continues non-conference action Monday, March 4 at noon in Orlando, Florida against James Madison.
Women's Tennis Loses 5-2 at Youngstown State
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Ball State women's tennis team fell to 7-4 on the season after losing to Youngstown State by a score of 5-2 Saturday evening.
The Ball State twosome of Lauren Pickrell and Paola Rodriguez managed an 8-1 defeat over Youngstown State's Carolyn Jesko and Tijana Raicevic at the No. 3 position. The Cardinals would drop the doubles point after losing the next two matches to the Penguins.
After that, Ball State entered singles play down 1-0. Freshman Courtney Earnest claimed a three set victory at No. 2 singles, improving her overall record to 10-1. Bethany Moore won in straight sets at the No. 4 position after beating Carolyn Jesko, 6-2, 6-1.
Falcons Vanquish Vulcans, 6-1, for Ninth Win in a Row
BGSU bests California (Pa.) on Sunday morning at the PTC
The Bowling Green State University tennis team worked overtime to earn the doubles point on Sunday morning (Feb. 24), but the Falcons took little time to take control of singles play. The result was a 6-1 win for the Brown and Orange over California University of Pennsylvania at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 9-1 on the season, and BGSU has won nine consecutive matches since a road loss against No. 19 Notre Dame. BG is a perfect 7-0 at home, including a 6-0 mark at the PTC on the current homestand.
The Vulcans drop to 3-3 on the season. Sunday’s loss snapped a three-match winning streak for Cal U, including a 9-0 victory over Division-I Villanova on Friday (Feb. 22).
Senior Maddy Eccleston had a pair of wins to move into second place on the BGSU career list. Junior Emily Reuland and freshmen Katie Brozovich and Drew Fillis also won at both singles and doubles on Sunday.
"This was a great team victory," said BGSU head coach Penny Dean. "Some of the scores might make it appear that the wins came easier than they actually did. Everyone had to battle, even if the scores might not indicate it. This is a very strong, very talented California team."
All three doubles matches went right down to the wire. The Falcons struck first, as Fillis hit the clinching shot in the third-flight match. Fillis and classmate Brozovich picked up an 8-6 win at the number-three flight.
The Vulcans evened things up with a win at the second flight, as Ramona Czakon and Alexandra Borgenhoff topped senior Jade Johnson and junior Nikki Chiricosta by an 8-6 final. That result left the doubles outcome up to the top-flight match.
For Chiricosta, the narrow doubles loss snapped a personal 15-match winning streak. She had not lost a match, singles or doubles, since the Duquesne dual back on Jan. 19.
At the number-one flight, BGSU’s duo of Eccleston and Reuland had gotten out to a 4-1 lead, and the Falcons still led by a 6-3 count before Cal U’s Lucie Sipkova and Lucie Rey rallied. The Vulcans captured three-straight games, and the match was tied, 6-6, when the second-flight match came to an end on the adjacent court.
Reuland and Eccleston took a 7-6 advantage, but the Sipkova/Rey duo won the next two games to take an 8-7 lead. Eccleston, however, hit the decisive shot in the next game, sending the match to a tiebreaker.
In the ‘breaker, the Falcons fell behind, 5-3, before knotting the score. The Vulcans got the next point before an Eccleston ace tied it up at 6-6. The teams traded points, with BG taking a quick lead and Cal U equalizing, A double fault gave BG an 8-7 lead, however, and Reuland then served the winning point. Roughly 90 minutes after doubles play had begun, the Falcons had the initial point of the day.
"This was the first time this season that there has been one doubles match on the court with the point on the line," said Dean. "Maddy and Emily were down a break, and had to break their opponents to get back to a tie score.
"In the last two games and the tiebreaker, we told them 'win or lose, you have to stay aggressive and keep hitting the ball hard.' They bought into that, went out and did it, and won the match. It was great focus and a great effort on their part."
In singles play, the Falcons picked up a second point at the sixth flight, where Cal U’s Jade Pondicas was forced to retire. Brozovich led Pondicas, 5-2, in the opening set when the match was halted.
Senior Katie Grubb put BG one point away from victory soon after, downing Jesse Burrell in straight sets at the fifth flight. Grubb rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the opening set to win five-straight games, then took control early in the second set en route to a 6-2 win.
Reuland, after teaming with Eccleston for that lengthy doubles win, left no doubt about the outcome of her singles match. The BGSU junior lost only three total games to Czakon in a win at the second flight. Reuland did not lose a game in her opening set, and raced to a 3-0 second-set lead before closing out the victory.
Reuland’s win gave BGSU the necessary four points required for the team victory.
The Vulcans got a point, as Rey outlasted senior Mary Hill at the fourth flight, but Chiricosta got a win at the number-one flight, downing Sipkova by identical 6-2 scores.
Eccleston, who had played a marathon doubles match, was participating in the last match on the court for the second time on Sunday. The senior co-captain came from behind in each of her two sets, winning four-straight games after falling behind by a 3-2 score in the opening set. Then, in second-set action at the third flight, Eccleston trailed, 3-0, early, but battled back to take a 6-5 lead against Borgenhoff. Borgenhoff won the next game to tie the score at 6-6, and for the second time on the day, Eccleston was headed to a tiebreaker.
And, for the second time on Sunday morning/afternoon, Eccleston emerged victorious from that ‘breaker, coming out on top by a 7-5 score.
"One of our goals, of course, is to win the doubles point," said Dean. "Another of our goals is to use the momentum from doubles play to get us off to a high-energy start in singles. I felt like we really met our goals today, and the result was a good team win."
Fillis, after teaming with fellow freshman Brozovich for a doubles win, returned to the court to defeat the Vulcan's Maxime Colen in a match that did not count in the final scoring.
The Falcons are idle from competition for the next two weekends. BGSU will return to action with a home match against Butler on Saturday, March 16, before heading to the Windy City to face UIC the following day.
BGSU 6, California (Pa.) 1
Sun., Feb. 24, 2013 – Perrysburg Tennis Center – Perrysburg, Ohio
1 – Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Lucie Sipkova 6-2, 6-2
2 – Emily Reuland (BGSU) def. Ramona Czakon 6-0, 6-3
3 – Maddy Eccleston (BGSU) def. Alexandra Borgenhoff 6-3, 7-6(5)
4 – Lucie Rey (Cal U) def. Mary Hill 6-1, 6-4
5 – Katie Grubb (BGSU) def. Jesse Burrell 6-4, 6-2
6 – Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Jade Pondicas 5-2, ret.
# – Drew Fillis (BGSU) def. Maxime Colen 8-3
# exhibition; not included in final match scoring
1 – Eccleston/Reuland (BGSU) def. Sipkova/Rey 9-8 (9-7)
2 – Czakon/Borgenhoff (Cal U) def. Chiricosta/Jade Johnson 8-6
3 – Brozovich/Fillis (BGSU) def. Burrell/Pondicas 8-6
ORDER OF FINISH
Falcons Top IPFW, 4-3, for Eighth Consecutive Win
The Bowling Green State University tennis team won the doubles point for the eighth consecutive match, and that point proved to be crucial as the Falcons held off IPFW by a 4-3 score on Friday afternoon (Feb. 22). The non-conference dual match was held at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.
With the win, BGSU improves to 8-1 on the season, and the Falcons have won eight matches in a row since a road loss to No. 19 Notre Dame. The Mastodons are now 6-5 in dual-match play this year.
"This was the closest match we have had since Notre Dame," said BGSU head coach Penny Dean. "IPFW is a solid team, and they just kept going.
"In some of our matches during this streak, the other team has not been able to match our aggressiveness. But today, IPFW kept battling, and matched that aggressiveness and intensity in many cases."
The Falcons captured the doubles point, although the result was not as easily earned as in previous matches. Juniors Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland made relatively quick work of their opponents, Miloslava Shustova and Theresa Neumeyr, at the second flight. The BG duo opened up a quick 5-1 lead en route to an 8-3 win.
The other two flights, however, were very closely contested. At the top flight, a back-and-forth match wound up going the Mastodons’ way. IPFW seniors Caterina Kiefer and Anita Henestrosa posted an 8-6 win, rallying to capture the last three games against Falcon seniors Maddy Eccleston and Katie Grubb.
That left the doubles point in the hands of the number-three flight, and BG seniors Mary Hill and Jade Johnson came through. The Falcon duo led 6-2, then saw IPFW’s Marcy Huck and Kristine Lindal narrow the gap to 7-6. But, Hill and Johnson captured the next game to give the Falcons the initial point.
"The doubles point was very close," said Dean. "And, in singles, IPFW was strong in all six flights, and they never let up. They made us work for everything we got today."
In singles play, all six matches finished in the minimum two sets. The Mastodons got the first win, as Shustova defeated Hill at the fourth flight. Soon after, however, the Brown and Orange got a pair of victories, as Grubb and freshman Katie Brozovich closed out wins at the fifth and sixth flights, respectively.
Grubb topped Huck by identical 6-3 scores, while Brozovich defeated Neumeyr by results of 6-4 and 6-3. Within the span of less than a minute, BGSU’s lead had grown to 3-1.
The ‘Dons gained a point back, as Kiefer outlasted Eccleston in a 7-5 second set at the number-three flight. That second set saw both players go on multiple-game runs on several occasions, with Kiefer making the final such run by winning the last three games.
Chiricosta clinched the match victory for the Brown and Orange, defeating Lindal at the second flight. After winning a narrow first set in a tiebreaker, the BG junior dismantled her IPFW foe in a 6-1 second set to give the Falcons the win. Henestrosa defeated Reuland in a 6-4 first set at the top flight, then won the second set in a tiebreaker to give the ‘Dons a third point.
"Katie and Katie winning back-to-back matches so close together was a momentous spark for our team," said Dean. "And, with her opponent hitting winners all day, Nikki could have given up, but she never gives up and today was no exception.
"Nikki did a great job, both mentally and physically, to frustrate her opponent and pull out the match. It was another great performance from her, and the kind of effort that we've come to expect."
Chiricosta has won 15 consecutive matches (including both singles and doubles) since her last loss, which came in doubles play on Jan. 19 vs. Duquesne.
In a singles match not included in Friday's final match scoring, Falcon freshman Drew Fillis lost just five total games in a straight-sets victory over Sonya Sorokina.
BGSU 4, IPFW 3
Fri., Feb. 22, 2013 – Perrysburg Tennis Center – Perrysburg, Ohio
1 – Anita Henestrosa (IPFW) def. Emily Reuland 6-4, 7-6(6)
2 – Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Kristine Lindal 7-6(4), 6-1
3 – Caterina Kiefer (IPFW) def. Maddy Eccleston 6-3, 7-5
4 – Miloslava Shustova (IPFW) def. Mary Hill 6-2, 6-3
5 – Katie Grubb (BGSU) def. Marcy Huck 6-3, 6-3
6 – Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Theresa Neumeyr 6-4, 6-3
# – Drew Fillis (BGSU) def. Sonya Sorokina 6-3, 6-2
# exhibition; not included in final match scoring
1 – Kiefer/Henestrosa (IPFW) def. Eccleston/Grubb 8-6
2 – Chiricosta/Reuland (BGSU) def. Neumeyr/Shustova 8-3
3 – Hill/Jade Johnson (BGSU) def. Huck/Lindal 8-6
ORDER OF FINISH
Bulls Run Streak To Six With 6-1 Win Over Binghamton
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team won its sixth consecutive match on Sunday afternoon, defeating Binghamton, 6-1, at the Miller Tennis Center. The Bulls are 6-0 on the season, their best start since the 2006-07 season and the six-match winning streak is their longest since 2008-09.
Buffalo opened doubles play with identical 8-6 victories at first and third doubles to claim the point. At third doubles, Marta Stoyanova and Laura Fernandez finished first with the duo of Tanvi Shah and Miranda Podlas finishing right after at first doubles. Shah and Podlas are now 6-0 at first doubles in dual matches and 8-1 overall on the season.
The Bulls took the momentum of the doubles point and used it in singles play where it won five of the six singles matches. The first victory came at sixth singles as freshman Gopkia Kapoor won her first set 6-0 and was up 3-0 in the second set when her opponent retired due to injury. Senior Tamara Markovic finished next at fourth singles, winning her match, 6-3, 6-2, to put Buffalo up 3-0 in the contest. The Bearcats won their first point at third singles before clinching the match with a victory at fifth singles. Junior Anamaria Candanoza won 6-4, 6-2 before her fellow classmates finished out the match. At first singles Shah won easily, 6-1, 6-2 and then Podlas closed out the match with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at second singles.
"I think our confidence continues to grow each and every match and today was another victory against a quality team," said head coach Kristen Ortman. "We have played some very good teams lately and the fact that we have been able to come out on top is a testament to our team's hardwork and dedication."
The Bulls remain home next Sunday when they face NJIT at 1:00 pm.
1. Tanvi Shah/Miranda Podlas (UB) def. Agatha Ambrozy/Katherine Medianik (BU), 8-6
2. Shea Brodsky/Alexis Tashiro (BU) def. Tamara Markovic/Anamaria Candanoza (UB), 8-7 (4)
3. Marta Stoyanova/Laura Fernandez (UB) def. Missy Edelblum/Sara Kohtz (BU), 8-6
Order of Finish: 3,1,2
1. Tanvi Shah (UB) def. Sara Kohtz (BU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Miranda Podlas (UB) def. Katherine Medianik (BU), 7-5, 6-3
3. Alexis Tashiro (BU) def. Laura Fernandez (UB), 6-1, 6-3
4. Tamara Markovic (UB) def. Shea Brodsky (BU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Anamaria Candanoza (UB) def. Agatha Ambrozy (BU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Gopika Kapoor (UB) def. Missy Edelblum (BU), 6-0, 3-0 (ret.)
Order of Finish: 6,4,3,5,1,2
Bulls Top Temple, 6-1, To Remain Unbeaten
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY – The University at Buffalo women's tennis team remained unbeaten for the dual meet season with a 6-1 victory over visiting Temple on Saturday afternoon at the Miller Tennis Center. The Bulls improved to 5-0 while Temple slipped to 1-7 for the season.
The Bulls needed a rally in doubles play to clinch the opening point. After each squad split the number one and two matches, the number three team of Marta Stoyanova and Laura Fernandez scored the clinching in convincing fashion. Trailing 5-2, the UB tandem rolled to wins in six of the next seven games for the 8-6 decision over Maame Ama Osei and Mirnami Okajima. Stoyanova closed out the final game with an ace on match point to provide the exclamation mark.
In singles play, Miranda Podlas, at number two, Tamara Markovic, at number four, and Anamaria Candanoza, at number five, all won in straight sets. Podlas needed a second-set tiebreaker over Alicia Doms for her win, while Markovic defeated Jordan Batey, 7-5, 7-5.
Tanvi Shah, at number one, clinched the fourth and deciding point for the Bulls as she won a three-set match over Yana Mavrina, 6-1, 5-7, 6-0. Gopika Kapoor, at number six, won a super-tiebreaker, 10-4, over Osei for a comeback win after splitting the first two sets.
Head coach Kristen Ortman was pleased with her team's performance on Saturday. "They know how to get the job done. They know how to win and execute, which is awesome."
Buffalo 6, Temple 1
1 Tanvi Shah/Miranda Podlas (UB) d. Jordan Batey/Alicia Doms (TU), 8-2
2 Yana Mavrina/Rebecca Breland (TU) d. Anamaria Candanoza/Tamara Markovic (UB), 8-1
3 Marta Stoyanova/Laura Fernandez (UB) d. Maame Ama Osei/Mirnami Okajima (TU), 8-6
Order of finish: 1,2,3
1 Tanvi Shah (UB) d. Yana Mavrina (TU), 6-1, 5-7, 6-0
2 Miranda Podlas (UB) d. Alicia Doms (TU), 6-4, 7-6 (1)
3 Rebeca Breland (TU) d. Laura Fernandez (UB), 7-6 (4), 6-2
4 Tamara Markovic (UB) d. Jordan Batey (TU), 7-5, 7-5
5 Anamaria Candanozza (UB) d. Maame Ama Osei (TU), 6-2, 6-1
6 Gopika Kapoor (UB) d. Mirnami Okajima (TU), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4)
E Marta Stoyanova (UB) d. Carly Bohman (TU), 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 5,3,2,1,4,6
Women's Tennis Team Shuts Out Oakland University
Eagles record 7-0 win in second dual match of the day
YPSILANTI, Mich. — Head Coach Ryan Ray's Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team closed out out a two-match Saturday, Feb. 23, with a perfect 7-0 win over a visiting Oakland University team here indoors in the Chippewa Racquet Club in an evening match.
"I am proud of the effort the ladies gave today to sweep both matches," said Ray. "Doubleheaders are a good mental and physical test, and they past that test well today. Our doubles really started to click better, which has been an emphasis of ours. Now we need to prepare for three outdoor matches in California over spring break."
The Eagles opened action Saturday at 1 p.m. with a 7-0 victory over the University of Dayton here in the Chippewa Club. EMU returned later in the evening for the 7-0 shutout victory over Oakland University in a dual that began at 8:30 p.m.
The Eagles, now 5-6 on the season, won all three doubles matches to take the one doubles point and then followed up with six straight wins in singles.
On the day, the Eagles dropped just three sets all day long. Freshman Klara Supejova (Prague, Czech Republic) extended her winning streak to nine in-a-row at No. 2 singles, as she is now 19-4 on the season.
The Eagles now hit the road for a trio of matches at Cal State Northridge, March 5, Long Beach State, March 7, and UC Santa Barbara, March 8.
Eastern Michigan 7, Oakland 0
Feb 23, 2013 at Ypsilanti, Mich. (Chippewa Club)
1. Nino Mebuke (EMU) def. Emily Raidt (OAKLAND) 6-0, 4-6, 10-8
2. Klara Supejova (EMU) def. Karine Celis (OAKLAND) 6-2, 6-3
3. Daphne Friedrichs (EMU) def. Tamara Blum (OAKLAND) 6-3, 6-3
4. Ankita Bhatia (EMU) def. Juliana Guevara (OAKLAND) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
5. Mariya Toncheva (EMU) def. Cam Sabourin (OAKLAND) 6-3, 6-2
6. Silvia Martinkova (EMU) def. Grace Keating (OAKLAND) 6-3, 6-4
1. Nino Mebuke/Klara Supejova (EMU) def. Juliana Guevara/Karine Celis (OAKLAND) 8-0
2. Daphne Friedrichs/Mariya Toncheva (EMU) def. Tamara Blum/Emily Raidt (OAKLAND) 8-3
3. Zsofia Biro/Ankita Bhatia (EMU) def. Cam Sabourin/Grace Keating (OAKLAND) 8-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,3,2,6,1,4)
Women's Tennis Blanks Dayton; The Eagles put together a strong outing to win 7-0
YPSILANTI, Mich. — The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team cruised to a 7-0 non-conference victory over the University of Dayton Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Chippewa Racquet Club. The Eagles were undefeated in all nine matches played, as the Green and White dropped just set the entire afternoon.
With the victory, the Eagles improve to 4-6 on the year while Dayton falls to 5-8.
Eastern Michigan returns to the court later tonight to host the Grizzlies of Oakland University. First serve is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Eastern Michigan 7, Dayton 0
Feb 23, 2013 at Ypsilanti, Mich. (Chippewa Club)
1. Nino Mebuke (EMU) def. Sammi Hornbarger (DAYTON) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
2. Klara Supejova (EMU) def. Carly Peck (DAYTON) 6-0, 6-1
3. Daphne Friedrichs (EMU) def. Maureen Stevens (DAYTON) 6-3, 3-6, 13-11
4. Ankita Bhatia (EMU) def. Katie Boeckman (DAYTON) 6-2, 7-5
5. Mariya Toncheva (EMU) def. Claire McNulty (DAYTON) 6-2, 6-0
6. Silvia Martinkova (EMU) def. Erin Filbrandt (DAYTON) 6-3, 6-0
1. Nino Mebuke/Klara Supejova (EMU) def. Carly Peck/Maureen Stevens (DAYTON) 8-4
2. Daphne Friedrichs/Mariya Toncheva (EMU) def. Katie Boeckman/Sammi Hornbarger (DAYTON) 9-8 (8-6)
3. Zsofia Biro/Ankita Bhatia (EMU) def. Erin Filbrandt/Claire McNulty (DAYTON) 9-8 (7-4)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,3,5,4,1)
RedHawks Fall to 23rd-ranked Yale, 6-1
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Junior Nimisha Mohan upset the nation's 70th-ranked singles player Sunday, claiming Miami's only point in a 6-1 loss to 23-ranked Yale at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center. Mohan's 7-5, 6-4 win over Blair Seideman came with Miami already down 5-0 to the Bulldogs. The victory was her third straight and fourth in five outings since being moved into the No. 3 slot.
Miami (4-7) lost all three doubles matches, falling 8-1 at No. 2, 8-6 at No. 3 and 8-7 (7-3) in the top flight. In singles play, Yale captured points at No. 2 (6-1, 6-1) and No. 4 (6-0, 6-3) to open a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win in action at No. 1.
The other two matches went to three sets. Christine Guerrazzi fell in a tiebreaker 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-0), while Ramona Costea lost 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Miami returns to action next weekend with another tri-match, hosted by Georgia Tech. The RedHawks face North Texas on Saturday before playing the host Yellow Jackets on Sunday morning.
Tennis Takes 5-2 Win over Boston University
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Miami posted wins in the top three singles flights and won two of three doubles matches Saturday, enroute to a 5-2 victory over Boston University. The match was played at the Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center on the campus of Yale University.
Miami (4-6) opened play with a win at No. 1 doubles for third straight match. Christine Guerrazzi and Alix Thurman teamed for an 8-2. A Boston University win at No. 2 left the deciding point up to Christiana Raymond and Chloe Heerden, who posted an 8-5 decision.
The RedHawks quickly added to the lead when Thurman routed her opponent at No. 2, 6-2, 6-0. But the Terriers closed to 2-1 when they claimed the match at No. 6. The RedHawks took the next two matches -- a 6-2, 6-1 win by Nimisha Mohan and a 7-5, 6-1 victory by No. 5 Ana Rajkovic -- to take the win.
The teams split the final two matches -- BU winning 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4 before Raymond won 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the top flight.
Huskies Shut Out Chicago State for Sixth Straight Win
Northern Illinois Improves to 9-1 in Lone Match of the Weekend
ROCKFORD, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's tennis team extended its winning streak to six matches and improved its record to 9-1 on the spring season with a 7-0 shutout of Chicago State Friday afternoon at the Boylan Tennis Courts in Rockford.
NIU opened the match by sweeping the three doubles matches, including an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles by Mary Malkin (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Cristina Alvarez (Zaragoza, Spain). The Huskies top two doubles pairs won by identical 8-3 scores. NIU's Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central HS) and Arantza De La Torre (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) extended their unbeaten streak at No. 1 doubles to 10 matches with the win.
Youel added a 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles over CSU's Karen Emeralda to extend her unbeaten streak in singles to 10 matches as she has not dropped a set this spring. Malkin had the most dominating victory of the day as she did not surrender a game with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Viviene Noel at No. 4 to improve her spring singles record to 9-1. The Huskies' toughest test in singles came at No. 5, where Alvarez claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ruta Grinvalde of Chicago State.
NIU Head Coach Ryun Ferrell was pleased with his team's performance as the Huskies continue to improve their play this spring.
"We showed good discipline today," Ferrell said. "Chicago State came out hitting the ball very big. We needed to be disciplined and stick to our game plan and that is what we did. This was a nice win. Chicago State is much improved and is very well-coached. It will be nice for the team to have the rest of the weekend off before we get back to work and head to Des Moines [next weekend]."
The match was NIU's lone home contest in a stretch of nine matches. Next weekend, the Huskies travel to Des Moines, Iowa where they will face Nebraska-Omaha, Drake and Central Arkansas on Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3.
Northern Illinois 7, Chicago State 0
Rockford, Ill.; Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
No. 1 Nelle Youel/Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Karen Emeralda/Marnie Perez-Ochoa (CSU) - 8-3
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga/Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Viviene Noel/Carynne Lloyd (CSU) - 8-3
No. 3 Mary Malkin/Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Sabrine Navarro/Ruta Grinvalde (CSU) - 8-5
No. 1 Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Karen Emeralda (CSU) - 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga (NIU) def. Carynne Lloyd (CSU) - 6-1, 6-0
No. 3 Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Marnie Perez-Ochoa (CSU) - 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 Mary Malkin (NIU) def. Viviene Noel (CSU) - 6-0, 6-0
No. 5 Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Ruta Grinvalde (CSU) - 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Sabrine Navarro (CSU) - 6-2, 6-0
Exh. Ilse Pacheco (NIU) def. Mysta Townsell (CSU) - 8-4
Exh. Maria Rozo (NIU) def. Mia Townsell (CSU) - 8-0
Rockets Drop 4-3 Decision to Duquesne on Friday
HARMAR, PA – The Toledo women’s tennis team fell to Duquesne 4-3 inside Alpha Tennis and Fitness on Friday. The loss is the second straight for the Midnight Blue & Gold, and the third in one-point decisions. UT drops to 4-6 on the season and will have an extended break before its next match on March 5.
“This was a disappointing match for us,” UT head coach Tracy Mauntler said. “I didn’t feel like we played to our potential from top to bottom of the lineup. We’ve got over a full week of practice before we play our next match. We will make some adjustments and keep working.”
Each team claimed a doubles win, before Duquesne took the all-important point by winning the first flight in a tiebreaker. Senior Silvia Carvajal and freshman Katelyn Nguyen fell at No. 1 singles 8-7 (8-6). The sophomore duo of Lexy Pitt and Pia Rygh won the second flight 8-3.
Both teams also recorded three wins in singles competition, making the doubles point the deciding factor in the match.
The Dukes won the top two flights in straight sets over junior Chrissy Coffman and Rygh. Nguyen bounced back with a straight-set (6-1, 6-1) victory at No. 3 singles, while freshman Emily Mazzola won at No. 5 and Carvajal at No. 6.
The only singles match to go an extra set transpired at the No. 5 position. Freshman Mackenzie Bowman fell in a hard-fought match 6-1, 3-6 and 4-6.
The Rockets have 10 days off before their Spring Break Trip to Orlando, FL March 5-8. UT will play Nova Southeastern, James Madison and South Dakota.
Duquesne 4, Toledo 3
1. Megan O'Sullivan/Sarah Shashura (DUQ) def. Silvia Carvajal/Katelyn Nguyen (UT) 8-7 (8-6)
2. Judy Li/Alexa Miller (DUQ) def. Lexy Pitt/Pia Rygh (UT) 8-3
3. Emily Mazzola/Mackenzie Bowman (UT) def. Chandler Consonery/Daniela Osio (DUQ) 8-4
1. Judy Li (DUQ) def. Chrissy Coffman (UT) 6-0, 6-0
2. Megan O'Sullivan (DUQ) def. Pia Rygh (UT) 6-4, 6-2
3. Katelyn Nguyen (UT) def. Sarah Shashura (DUQ) 6-1, 6-1
4. Emily Mazzola (UT) def. Alexa Miller (DUQ) 6-3, 6-3
5. Chandler Consonery (DUQ) def. Mackenzie Bowman (UT) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Silvia Carvajal (UT) def. Alrissa Tobe (DUQ) 6-4, 7-5
Broncos Battle But Fall in Tight Match with Flames
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team found themselves in a tooth and nail battle for the second straight match, but the Broncos fell 4-3 to the Illinois-Chicago Flames at West Hills Athletic Club on Saturday. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 6-5 on the season.
The Broncos started quickly against the Flames, taking the doubles point by notching wins in the top two matches. After the Broncos fell behind 1-0 in the doubles session, Jill Pastunink and Caroline Aleck responded with a win in the No. 1 doubles match, beating Haley Craig and Mariana Palacios 8-5. The doubles point now on the line, the pairing of Nini Sujashvili and Maggie Remynse clinched the session with a win in the No. 2 doubles match, beating Kathryn Sharples and Jana Knoppe 8-5. The win gave the Broncos a 1-0 advantage in the team match.
WMU built a 2-0 lead in the match thanks to Remynse, who got back to her winning ways with a 6-2, 6-1 pounding of UIC's Natalia Kuvakina in the No. 2 singles match. However, the Flames earned four straight wins to clinch the victory, with Palacios notching the match-deciding win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Pastunink in the No. 3 singles match.
Kelsey King won her fourth straight singles match to round out the scoring for the Broncos, coming back from a second-set loss to post her second three-set win in as many matches. Taking on Knoppe in the No. 5 singles match, King took the first set before falling in the second 6-3. King rebounded with an excellent effort in the third set, defeating Knoppe 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
UIC 4, Western Michigan University 3
Feb 23, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)
1. Haley Craig (UIC) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Mariana Palacios (UIC) def. Jill Pastunink (WMU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 6-0, 6-1
5. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Jana Knoppe (UIC) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
6. Keti Mebuke (UIC) def. Hailey Shanahan (WMU) 6-3, 6-3
1. Jill Pastunink/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Haley Craig/Mariana Palacios (UIC) 8-5
2. Nini Sujashvili/Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Kathryn Sharples/Jana Knoppe (UIC) 8-5
3. Natalia Kuvakina/Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) def. Kelsey King/Hailey Shanahan (WMU) 8-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,4,6,1,3,5)
Spartans Edge Broncos With 4-3 Decision
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team battled Michigan State in a marathon match on Friday, but the Broncos were edged out by the Spartans 4-3 at West Hills Athletic Club. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 6-4 on the season.
The Spartans opened up a 3-0 overall lead in the match in singles play, but the Broncos showed no quit in coming back to win the next two matches. Jill Pastunink was the first to take a point, defeating Olga Chernova 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 3 singles match. The next match off the court featured more drama but produced the same outcome, as Caroline Aleck came back from a set down against Nicole Herzog in the No. 4 singles match. Aleck kept the Broncos alive with a dominating second set, winning a tight third to take the match 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
However, a pitched battle in the No. 2 singles match turned the way of the Spartans, as Maggie Remynse fell in a three-set nailbiter to Catherine Parenteau. Remynse took the first set of the match in a tiebreaker, but Parenteau took a second set tiebreaker to tie things up. The two traded games back and forth in the third set, but Parenteau ultimately overcame Remynse for the 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-4 win.
Kelsey King rounded out the scoring for the Broncos, battling through a pair of tiebreaker sets herself before defeating the Spartans' Emily Meyers. After splitting the first two sets with Meyers, King strung together two straight games to close the third set, completing her comeback in the No. 5 singles with a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-4 win.
The doubles session featured tightly contested matches at the beginning, but the Spartans pulled away in the Nos. 2 and 3 matches to clinch the point and take the lead. Kelsey King and Hailey Shanahan kept pace with Emily Meyers and Julianne Gruber for the early portion of the No. 3 doubles match, staying on serve until the Spartans picked up a break to take a 5-3 lead; MSU closed out the set 8-3 to take the first doubles match from the Broncos. The pairing of Nini Sujashvili and Maggie Remynse lost by an identical score in the No. 2 doubles match to give the Spartans the 1-0 team match lead.
Michigan State 4, Western Michigan University 3
1. Marina Bohrer (MSU) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-3, 6-1
2. Catherine Parenteau (MSU) def. Maggie Remynse (WMU) 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
3. Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Olga Chernova (MSU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Nicole Herzog (MSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Emily Meyers (MSU) 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
6. Katarina Lingl (MSU) def. Hailey Shanahan (WMU) 6-3, 6-1
1. Jill Pastunink/Caroline Aleck (WMU) vs. Catherine Parenteau/Marina Bohrer (MSU) 5-6, unfinished
2. Nicole Herzog/Michaela Silesova (MSU) def. Nini Sujashvili/Maggie Remynse (WMU) 8-3
3. Emily Meyers/Julianne Gruber (MSU) def. Kelsey King/Hailey Shanahan (WMU) 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,1,3,4,2,5)