Here is a look at last week's MAC women's tennis action.
Women's Tennis Posts Sweeps Over Aquinas, Oakland
MUNCIE, Ind. -- The Ball State women's tennis team rolled to a pair of sweeps Friday, taking down Aquinas College and Oakland both by scores of 7-0. The Cardinals improved to 9-7 on the season with the two wins at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
Ball State opened the day with a dominating performance over Aquinas College, dropping just three total games on the doubles courts and only seven combined games in the singles contests. Courtney Wild at No. 1 singles and Courtney Earnest at the No. 2 position did not lose a single game between the two of them against their Aquinas opponents.
The Cardinals also picked up straight-set singles wins from Bethany Moore at No. 3, Paola Rodriguez at No. 4 and Lauren Pickrel at No. 5. Ball State claimed the final singles point by default.
The nightcap against Oakland also featured all straight-set victories for Ball State in singles action. After the Cardinals again won the opening doubles point, Earnest was the first off the court in singles with a 6-0, 6-0 win at the No. 2 spot. Wild managed a 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 1 position and then Ashlyn Rang's 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6 locked up the team victory. Moore, Rodriguez and Kristel Sanders added wins to close out the sweep.
For the entire day, Ball State did not drop a set on any court. The Cardinals won seven singles sets by 6-0 scores over the two matches and faced only five sets all day closer than 6-2. Ball State will return to action March 23 at Miami University as the Cardinals enter the Mid-American Conference portion of their schedule.
Ball State 7, Aquinas College 0
1. Courtney Wild (BSU) def. Daniela Fonseca (AC), 6-0, 5-0 (retired)
2. Courtney Earnest (BSU) def. Ariana Kabodian (AC), 6-0, 6-0
3. Bethany Moore (BSU) def. Rilie DuShane (AC), 6-1, 6-2
4. Paola Rodriguez (BSU) def. Marjeanne Bothma (AC), 6-0, 6-3
5. Lauren Pickrel (BSU) def. Jennelle Miller (AC), 6-1, 6-0
6. Kristel Sanders (BSU) won by default
1. Wild/Earnest (BSU) def. Fonseca/DuShane (AC), 8-2
2. Moore/Sanders (BSU) def. Bothma/Gina Kukulski (AC), 8-1
3. Pickrel/Rodriguez (BSU) def. Kabodian/Miller (AC), 8-0
Ball State 7, Oakland 0
1. Courtney Wild (BSU) def. Emily Raidt (OU), 6-2, 6-1
2. Courtney Earnest (BSU) def. Karine Celis (OU), 6-1, 6-0
3. Bethany Moore (BSU) def. Tamara Blum (OU), 6-2, 6-4
4. Paola Rodriguez (BSU) def. Grace Keating (OU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Cam Sabourin (OU), 6-3, 6-3
6. Ashlyn Rang (BSU) def. Juliana Guevara (OU), 6-1, 6-0
1. Wild/Earnest (BSU) def. Blum/Raidt (OU), 8-3
2. Moore/Sanders (BSU) def. Celis/Guevara (OU), 8-3
3. Pickrel/Rodriguez (BSU) def. Keating/Sabourin (OU), 8-7 (5)
Falcons Top UIC, 5-2, on Record-Tying Day
Eccleston ties doubles wins record as BGSU ties school-record win streak
The Bowling Green State University tennis team tied several school records on Sunday (March 17), as the Falcons downed UIC by a 5-2 score. The non-conference dual match was held at Match Point Tennis. With the win, the Falcons improve to 11-1 on the season, and BGSU has won 11 consecutive matches since a road loss against No. 19 Notre Dame on Jan. 18. The 11-match winning streak ties the school record for consecutive victories.
Additionally, senior co-captain Maddy Eccleston tied the BGSU career record for doubles wins on Sunday afternoon. Eccleston teamed up with fellow senior Katie Grubb for an 8-4 win at the second flight, in the process winning the 89th doubles match of her BG tenure. She has tied the school record set by Christine Chiricosta (2008-11).
"Everyone contributed to this win today," said BGSU head coach Penny Dean. "Just like in a lot of our other matches this season, winning the doubles point helped propel us to victory. We had high energy heading into singles play, and got another solid performance today."
UIC drops to 7-3 on the year with Sunday's loss. The Flames' other dual-match losses have come against Marquette and Wisconsin.
That win by Eccleston and Grubb helped the Falcons capture the doubles point for the 11th consecutive match. The BG duo defeated UIC's Kathryn Sharples and Jana Knoppe to improve to 15-5 this season and 7-1 at flight number two since the start of dual-match play.
At the top flight, BGSU's two juniors came away with a narrow victory, as Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland pulled out a 9-7 win over Haley Craig and Mariana Palacios. The Chiricosta/Reuland tandem is 8-2 in dual-match play, 20-6 this season to date and 36-14 in their Falcon careers.
At the third flight, the Flames' Natalia Kuvakina and Ann-Sophie Hahn defeated BG seniors Mary Hill and Jade Johnson by an 8-2 final.
In singles play, four Falcons captured straight-sets wins, with a senior, two juniors and a freshman posting those victories. At the top-two flights, the juniors were never headed, losing a total of eight games while winning 24. Reuland downed Craig by scores of 6-3 and 6-2 at the number-one flight, while Chiricosta dropped only three games -- all in the second set -- in a second-flight win over Palacios.
Chiricosta has captured 11 consecutive singles matches having last lost in the Notre Dame dual of Jan. 18. She has won 20 of her last 21 overall matches (singles and doubles combined) since a doubles loss on Jan. 19.
Freshman Katie Brozovich and Hill won at the fourth and fifth flights, respectively, capturing a narrow second set to clinch the win in each case. Brozovich lost just one game in her first set against Sharples, while Hill dropped just two games in her opening set vs. Keti Mebuke.
The Flames got victories at the third flight, where Kuvakina squeaked past Eccleston in a third-set super tiebreaker, and the sixth flight, with Knoppe downing Grubb. For Grubb the loss was just her second since the start of the dual-match season.
Chiricosta's two wins on Sunday give her a 44-12 overall record this season. Reuland also has topped the 40-win mark for the year, and is now 41-15. Brozovich and Grubb each have 34 wins on the year, while Eccleston has 30 victories this season to date.
The Falcons now return home to prepare for the Mid-American Conference opener. BGSU will face the arch-rival University of Toledo on Friday (March 22), with first serve scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Keefe Courts. In the event of inclement weather, the match would be held at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.
BGSU 5, UIC 2
Sun., March 17, 2013 – Match Point Tennis – Griffith, Ind.
1 – Emily Reuland (BGSU) def. Haley Craig 6-3, 6-2
2 – Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Mariana Palacios 6-0, 6-3
3 – Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) def. Maddy Eccleston 3-6, 6-4, 1-0(5)
4 – Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Kathryn Sharples 6-2, 7-5
5 – Mary Hill (BGSU) def. Keti Mebuke 6-1, 7-5
6 – Jana Knoppe (UIC) def. Katie Grubb 6-2, 6-1
1 – Chiricosta/Reuland (BGSU) def. Craig/Palacios 9-7
2 – Eccleston/Grubb (BGSU) def. Sharples/Knoppe 8-4
3 – Kuvakina/Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) def. Hill/Jade Johnson 8-2
BGSU Bests Butler, 5-2, to Run Winning Streak to 10
Falcons sweep doubles point, then capture four singles matches
The Bowling Green State University tennis team won for the 10th consecutive outing, downing Butler University by a 5-2 final on Saturday afternoon (March 16) at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 10-1 on the season, and BGSU has now posted a double-digit winning streak since a road loss against No. 19 Notre Dame on Jan. 18. BG is a perfect 8-0 at home, and Saturday's win wrapped up a 7-0 homestand at the PTC.
BG captured the doubles point for the 10th match in a row, sweeping all three contests for the sixth time in that 10-match span. At the third flight, seniors Mary Hill and Jade Johnson lost just one game in a win over Butler's duo of Sienna Reuter and Laura Shull.
Falcon juniors Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland defeated Caroline Hedrick and Brittany Farmer, 8-2, in top-flight action. The second flight saw seniors Maddy Eccleston and Katie Grubb come away with an 8-5 win over the Bulldogs' Konstantina Adami and Stephanie McLoughlin.
For Eccleston, the win was the 88th doubles victory of her BGSU career. She is just one doubles win shy of tying the school record of 89, held by Christine Chiricosta (2008-11).
In a doubles match that did not count in the final scoring, Falcon freshmen Katie Brozovich and Drew Fillis posted an 8-0 whitewashing of Clare Cornelius and Kristen Haeberlein.
In singles play, the Falcons won three matches in straight sets, with Brozovich, Eccleston and Grubb picking up those wins. BGSU was dominant at the bottom two flights, losing only one total game.
Grubb did not lose a single game in her sixth-flight win over Reuter, for her third consecutive singles win. Grubb has won 12 of her last 13 singles matches.
At the fifth flight, Brozovich lost only one total game in a victory over Shull. Brozovich has won 10 singles matches in a row since her last loss on Jan. 18. The freshman has won 16-straight matches (singles and doubles combined) since that setback.
Eccleston swept Farmer at the third flight, winning by scores of 6-3 and 6-4. The senior co-captain now has a career total of 156 combined wins, ranking second in BGSU history.
The other three matches saw the competitors split their first two sets. Chiricosta won her opening set against McLoughlin at the second flight, then saw the BU junior capture the second set, 7-6. But, Chiricosta rolled to victory in a third-set super-tiebreaker, winning by a 10-3 final.
Chiricosta has captured 10 consecutive singles matches having last lost in the Notre Dame dual of Jan. 18. She has captured 18 of her last 19 overall matches (singles and doubles combined) since a doubles loss on Jan. 19.
BU's lone two points came in third-set 'breakers, as Hedrick outlasted Reuland at the top flight and Adami defeated Hill at the fourth level.
The Falcons now head westward for a Sunday (March 17) match vs. UIC. The Flames (7-2) saw a seven-match streak come to an end with a loss at Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. Sunday's BGSU-UIC match will begin at 10:00 a.m. CT (11:00 a.m. ET) at Match Point Tennis in Griffith, Ind.
BGSU 5, Butler 2
Sat., March 16, 2013 – Perrysburg Tennis Center – Perrysburg, Ohio
1 – Caroline Hedrick (BU) def. Emily Reuland 1-6, 7-6(6), 1-0(7)
2 – Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Stephanie McLoughlin 6-3, 6-7(3), 1-0(3)
3 – Maddy Eccleston (BGSU) def. Brittany Farmer 6-3, 6-4
4 – Konstantina Adami (BU) def. Mary Hill 6-4, 1-6, 1-0(5)
5 – Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Laura Shull 6-1, 6-0
6 – Katie Grubb (BGSU) def. Sienna Reuter 6-0, 6-0
1 – Chiricosta/Reuland (BGSU) def. Hedrick/Farmer 8-2
2 – Eccleston/Grubb (BGSU) def. McLoughlin/Adami 8-5
3 – Hill/Jade Johnson (BGSU) def. Reuter/Shull 8-1
# – Brozovich/Drew Fillis (BGSU) def. Clare Cornelius/Kristen Haeberlein 8-0
# exhibition; not included in final match scoring
Bulls Sweep Past New Orleans For Ninth Straight Victory
NEW ORLEANS, LA – The University at Buffalo women's tennis team finished with an undefeated Spring Break trip, running its streak to nine straight wins with a 7-0 sweep of the University of New Orleans. The Bulls will begin Mid-American Conference play next weekend.
Buffalo swept through doubles competition as the team of juniors Tanvi Shah and Miranda Podlas won at first doubles, 8-1. Anamaria Candanoza and Gopika Kapoor picked up an 8-4 win at second doubles and Tamara Markovic and Marta Stoyanova won at third doubles, 8-3.
The domination continued into singles play where Buffalo won all six matches in straight sets. Shah picked up a 6-0, 6-2 victory at first singles, while Podlas dropped just two games and won at second singles, 6-1, 6-1. Markovic was the only player to go into a tiebreaker as she won at third singles, 6-2, 7-6 (12-10). Canadanoza won her contest at fourth singles, 6-4, 6-0 and Kapoor picked up a victory at fifth singles, 6-0, 6-2. Stoyanova completed the sweep with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at sixth singles.
"We came out very strong today and played disciplined from the very beginning," said head coach Kristen Ortman. "We were able to control every point and didn't let the elements interfere with our strategies. Overall, I was very pleased with our performance this trip and this is an excellent way for us to get ready for our MAC competition."
The Bulls open Mid-American Conference play at home on March 23 as they host Northern Illinois.
Buffalo 7, New Orleans 0
Mar 14, 2013 at New Orleans, La. (University Tennis Center)
1. Tanvi Shah (BUF) def. Marta Sans (UNO) 6-0, 6-2
2. Miranda Podlas (BUF) def. Kristina Martic (UNO) 6-1, 6-1
3. Tamara Markovic (BUF) def. Soledad Calderon (UNO) 6-2, 7-6 (12-10)
4. Anamaria Candanoza (BUF) def. Fanny Benincasa (UNO) 6-4, 6-0
5. Gopika Kapoor (BUF) def. Paula Jimenez (UNO) 6-0, 6-2
6. Marta Stoyanova (BUF) def. Victoria Svensson (UNO) 6-2, 6-3
1. Tanvi Shah/Miranda Podlas (BUF) def. Kristina Martic/Soledad Calderon (UNO) 8-1
2. Anamaria Candanoza/Gopika Kapoor (BUF) def. Marta Sans/Fanny Benincasa (UNO) 8-4
3. Tamara Markovic/Marta Stoyanova (BUF) def. Paula Jimenez/Victoria Svensson (UNO) 8-3
Bulls Remain Unbeaten With 4-3 Road Win At Louisiana Lafayette
LAFAYETTE, LA – Playing outdoors and away from the friendly confines of the Miller Tennis Center for the first time this Spring, the University at Buffalo women's tennis team ran its unbeaten streak to eight with a hard-fought 4-3 victory at Louisiana Lafayette on Tuesday afternoon.
The Ragin' Cajuns took the doubles point, sweeping through the three matches and actually handing UB's number one team its first loss in dual competition. However, the Bulls came back to win four of the six singles matches to keep the streak alive.
Junior Tanvi Shah won easily at first singles as she lost just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory, which tied the match up quickly. After Louisiana won at fourth singles, Buffalo tied it up again as freshman Gopika Kapoor won at sixth singles, 6-2, 6-2. Junior Miranda Podlas followed that up with a straight sets win at second singles, coming back in both sets to win 6-4, 7-5 and give UB the 3-2 lead. The Ragin' Cajuns tied it back up with a three-set win at fifth singles, but the Bulls leaned on senior Tamara Markovic, who clinched the victory with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 win.
"This was a fantastic victory for us," said head coach Kristen Ortman. "Once we got over being outdoors for the first time we fought so hard. It was tough early on for us to adjust to the elements of playing outdoors, but to our team's credit, they just kept on fighting."
The Bulls have one more match on their Spring Break trip, which will be Thursday at New Orleans.
1. Tanvi Shah (UB) def. Sophie Van den Aarssen (UL) 6-1, 6-0
2. Miranda Podlas (UB) def. Nicole Breaux (UL) 6-4, 7-5
3. Tamara Markovic (UB) def. Melissa Burckhartt (UL) 7-5, 3-6, 6-4
4. Sandra Ahlqvist (UL) def. Laura Fernandez (UB) 6-4, 6-2
5. Bailey VanDyke (UL) def. Anamaria Candanoza (UB) 7-5, 5-7, 6-2
6. Gopika Kapoor (UB) def. Hannah Appleyard (UL) 6-2, 6-2
Order of Finish: 1,4,6,2,5,3
1. Sophie Van den Aarssen/Nicole Breaux (UL) def. Tanvi Shah/Miranda Podlas (UB) 8-4
2. Melissa Burckhartt/Juliette Clement (UL) def. Anamaria Candanoza/Gopika Kapoor (UB) 8-5
3. Bailey VanDyke/Sandra Ahlqvist (UL) def. Laura Fernandez/Marta Stoyanova (UB) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1,3,2
Tennis Drops Second Straight 5-2 Match
TAMPA, Fla. -- For the second straight day, Miami Tennis found a formidable opponent in Florida and for the second straight day, the RedHawks came up on the short end of a 5-2 decision. On Thursday, South Florida came out on top by winning the doubles point and four matches in singles play.
Miami's winners against the Bulls including Nimisha Mohan, who saw her opponent retire, and Ramona Costea. Mohan led 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 2-1 at No. 3 when the South Florida player could not continue. Costea defeated her opponent by a 6-2, 6-3 score.
After playing nine straight matches on the road, Miami returns to Oxford next Saturday for its conference opener. The four-time defending MAC Champion RedHawks meet Ball State at 1 p.m. on the Hepburn Courts.
Tennis Falls to UCF by 5-2 Count
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Alix Thurman and Nimisha Mohan won singles matches Wednesday, but that was not enough in a 5-2 loss at UCF in the first match of the annual spring break trip. The match was the first outside this season for the RedHawks, who fell to 4-10.
UCF (9-5) took the doubles point by winning at No. 1, 8-1, and at No. 3, 8-5. Chloe Heerden and Christiana Raymond held a 6-3 lead at No. 2 when play was suspended.
Thurman posted a 7-5, 6-4 victory in the No. 2 position, while Mohan eked out a three-set tiebreaker, 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (11-9).
However, UCF gained victories at No. 1 (6-2, 6-4), No. 4 (7-6, 6-1), No. 5 6-4, 6-1) and No. 6 (6-3, 1-1, retired) to seal the victory.
Miami wraps up its swing through Florida with a Thursday morning match at South Florida in Tampa.
Huskies Reach Uncharted Territory with 14th Win
NIU Defeats Emporia State, 7-0, to Complete Non-Conference Schedule
EMPORIA, Kan. - With its 14th dual-match win of the season - a 7-0 victory over Emporia State in Emporia, Kan. Wednesday - the 2013 Northern Illinois women's tennis team has reached uncharted territory.
In raising its record to 14-2 on the season, NIU has now won more dual matches than any Huskie team in the last 15 years, since the 1997 Huskies posted a 15-9 mark.
The milestone surprised NIU Head Coach Ryun Ferrell.
"I had no idea, but I'm tickled as punch for the team," Ferrell said. "This group deserves it, they've worked hard, stayed focused and they hate losing more than they like winning, which is tremendous. They've been challenged and they've met it head on. All the credit goes to the team and we just want to keep it going as we head into conference play."
In its first outdoor match of the spring, NIU was not affected by the elements as the Huskies swept the Hornets in both singles and doubles. No. 1 player Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central) kept her unblemished record intact with her 16th straight singles win, and her teammates at the No. 2 through 6 singles spots likewise notched straight set victories.
Northern Illinois also won all three doubles matches, with 8-4 wins at both No. 1 and No. 3 and an 8-2 win from Haley Dekkinga and Stephanie McDonald at No. 2 doubles.
"For our first match outside, we looked all right," Ferrell said. "ESU is well-coached and came out of the gates fast. We played tough and did what we do. It was nice to see and a good match to get ready for conference."
NIU closed out non-conference play and will now play eight straight matches against Mid-American Conference opponents to close out the regular season, beginning Friday, March 22 at Akron.
Northern Illinois 7, Emporia State 0
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
No. 1 Nelle Youel/Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Nicole Jara /Taylor Smith (ESU) - 8-4
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga/Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Alex Crowe/Kayla Fraley (ESU) - 8-2
No. 3 Mary Malkin/Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Tiffany Khounsombath/ Somer Schmidt (ESU) - 8-4
No. 1 Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Nicole Jara (ESU) - 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga (NIU) def. Taylor Smith (ESU) - 6-2, 6-1
No. 3 Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Tiffany Khounsombath (ESU) - 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 Mary Malkin (NIU) def. Jenny Gerhardt (ESU) - 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Alex Crowe (ESU) - 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Somer Schmidt (ESU) - 6-1, 6-4
Three-Set Wins Spur Huskies to Victory Over UMKC
Northern Illinois Improves to 13-2 with 6-1 Win
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - NIU's Cristina Alvarez and Haley Dekkinga earned three-set victories at No. 5 and No. 2 singles, respectively, leading the Northern Illinois women's tennis team to a 6-1 victory over Missouri-Kansas City Tuesday afternoon in Kansas City.
Northern Illinois won its 13th match of the 2013 spring season, tying the most wins in a season by a Huskie women's tennis team since 2003, and upped its record to 13-2 this spring. NIU is 11-0 in matches away from home this spring. UMKC fell to 3-10 with the loss.
After Northern Illinois claimed the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots by the duos of Nelle Youel-Arantza De La Torre, and Dekkinga-Stephanie McDonald, respectively, Kansas City tied the match with a straight-set win at No. 3 singles by Dimitra Stavrianakou. NIU's Mary Malkin won her 13th match of the season, 6-2, 6-4, over UMKC's Suzan Lisenby at No. 4 singles, and Youel extended her undefeated streak to 15 with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1.
When Dekkinga, Alvarez and McDonald were forced to a third set by their Kangaroos' opponents, the match hung in the balance. However, Alvarez took the third set of her match, 6-4, and Dekkinga won 6-2 in the third set, to clinch Northern Illinois' victory. McDonald closed out her match for the 6-1 final margin.
"This was an amazing day," said NIU Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "Just when we thought we had UMKC down, they came right back. We did battle well right from the start and we finished. It was nice to see."
Northern Illinois looks to continue its winning ways Wednesday when the Huskies take on Emporia State in Emporia, Kan., in their first match of the spring to be played outside.
Northern Illinois 6, Kansas City 1
Kansas City, Mo.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
No. 1 Nelle Youel/Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Laura Bouet/Eva Dalvai (UMKC) - 8-2
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga/Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Amelie Amsallem/Suzan Lisenby (UMKC) - 8-6
No. 3 Maddie Schulte/Gabby Pintos (UMKC) def. Mary Malkin/Cristina Alvarez (NIU) - 9-8
No. 1 Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Laura Bouet (UMKC) - 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga (NIU) def. Eva Dalvai (UMKC) - 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
No. 3 Dimitra Stavrianakou (UMKC) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU) - 6-3, 6-0
No. 4 Mary Malkin (NIU) def. Suzan Lisenby (UMKC) - 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Amelie Amsallem (UMKC) - 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
No. 6 Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Maddie Schulte (UMKC) - 4-6, 6-4, 10-7
Women's Tennis Goes Down at #29 Rice Owls
HOUSTON, Texas - Facing their second highly-regarded competitor in as many days, the Western Michigan women's tennis team fell to a nationally-ranked opponent on Saturday, losing 7-0 to the #29 Rice Owls at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 7-9 on the season.
The Owls took the doubles point by sweeping the session, with the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles teams coming the closest to stealing a win. Maggie Remynse and Nini Sujashvili held tight with Liat Zimmermann and Katie Gater, falling 8-6 in the No. 2 doubles match; Jill Pastunink and Kelsey King fell by an identical score in the No. 3 doubles match to Solomiya Zinko and Daniela Trigo.
Rice took a 3-0 lead in the match when #59 Natalie Beazant earned a win at the No. 1 singles match, defeating Nini Sujashvili 6-1, 6-1. The match was clinched after the Owls took the No. 2 singles match, when #105 Dominique Harmath downed Maggie Remynse 6-1, 6-3. Rice swept through the remaining matches on the slate to earn the shutout win.
#29 Rice 7, Western Michigan University 0
3/16/2013 at Houston, Texas (Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
1. #59 Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-1, 6-1
2. #105 Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Maggie Remynse (WMU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Katie Gater (RICE) def. Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) 2-4, retired
4. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Jill Pastunink (WMU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Solomiya Zinko (RICE) def. Kelsey King (WMU) 6-0, 6-3
6. Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 6-2, 6-1
1. #30 Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Kathleen Hawkins/Caroline Aleck (WMU) 8-3
2. Liat Zimmermann/Katie Gater (RICE) def. Maggie Remynse/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 8-6
3. Solomiya Zinko/Daniela Trigo (RICE) def. Jill Pastunink/Kelsey King (WMU) 8-6
Western Michigan University 7-9
Rice 11-4; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,2,4,6,5)
Cougars Down Broncos 7-0
HOUSTON, Texas - The Western Michigan women's tennis team faced their first tough test of the weekend, falling 7-0 to the Houston Cougars at John E. Hoff Courts on Friday. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 7-8 on the season.
The Broncos put forth a solid effort in singles play, falling just short of taking two points from the Cougars during the singles session. Nini Sujashvili saw her singles win streak snapped with a three-set loss at No. 1 singles; Sujashvili came back from being a set down to Elena Kordolaimi to take an exciting second-set tiebreaker, but ultimately dropped the match 6-1, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (6).
Jill Pastunink also made a good run at taking a singles victory against the Cougars, but reversed Sujashvili's script in that she took the first set before dropping the second. Pastunink defeated Rocio Martin Fernandez 7-5 in the first set, but ultimately lost 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (9). Pastunink and Sujashvili were the last matches on the court for the Broncos, as the two continued to battle throughout the match.
Houston clinched the doubles point with wins in the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles matches, and quickly took a 2-0 lead with a win at the No. 2 singles match by Celia Fraser over Maggie Remynse. Dionne Sanders defeated Hailey Shanahan in the No. 6 singles match, and Charlotte Phillips clinched the win with a victory in the No. 4 singles.
Houston 7, Western Michigan 0
Mar 15, 2013 at Houston, Texas (John E. Hoff Courts)
1. Elena Kordolaimi (HOU) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 1-0 (10-6)
2. Celia Fraser (HOU) def. Maggie Remynse (WMU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Rocio Martin Fernand (HOU) def. Jill Pastunink (WMU) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9)
4. Maja Kazimieruk (HOU) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Charlotte Phillips (HOU) def. Kelsey King (WMU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Dionne Sanders (HOU) def. Hailey Shanahan (WMU) 6-2, 6-1
1. Charlotte Phillips/Rocio Martin Fernand (HOU) vs. Caroline Aleck/Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) 6-2, unfinished
2. Elena Kordolaimi/Jo Garvey (HOU) def. Maggie Remynse/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 8-0
3. Celia Fraser/Maja Kazimieruk (HOU) def. Kelsey King/Jill Pastunink (WMU) 8-3
Western Michigan 7-8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,6,5,4,1,3)