Here is a preview of this weekend's MAC women's tennis action.
The Zips will travel to Buffalo on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 pm ET.
The Cardinals travel to Bowling Green on Friday, April 12 at 1:00 pm ET and Western Michigan on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 pm ET.
BGSU Closes Home Schedule vs. BSU, Miami this Weekend; Saturday's Miami match is Senior Day for the Falcons
The Bowling Green State University tennis team, after playing on the road each of the last two weekends, returns to Northwest Ohio to close the home schedule. The Falcons of head coach Penny Dean will face Ball State University on Friday (April 12), then will meet Miami University in Saturday action (April 13). Both Mid-American Conference matches are scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. at Keefe Courts on the BGSU campus.
In the event of inclement weather, the BSU and/or Miami matches would be held at the Perrysburg Tennis Center. Starting time for each match would remain 1:00 p.m.
Saturday will be 'Senior Day' for the BGSU program, as Dean and assistant coach Cindy Yonker will recognize the seniors prior to the Miami match. That senior class, which comprises 50 percent of the roster, includes co-captains Maddy Eccleston and Mary Hill, along with Katie Grubb and Jade Johnson. Heading into the weekend, that quartet has combined for 212 singles victories and 298 doubles wins. Eccleston is BGSU's all-time leader in career doubles wins, and all four seniors are ranked among the school's top-15 in doubles victories and the BG top-30 in combined career wins.
BGSU enters the weekend with a record of 14-3 in dual-match play, and the Falcons are 3-2 in MAC action. In what appears to be one of the most wide-open MAC races in recent memory, BG trails co-leaders MU and Western Michigan by one game. The Falcons are tied with Akron and BSU for third place in the league.
With 14 overall wins, BGSU is just two shy of tying the school's single-season record for overall victories. Both the 1998-99 and 2007-08 Falcon teams posted 16 dual-match wins.
While the remaining schedule is definitely not an easy one, the 2012-13 Falcons certainly control their own destiny in the league race. BGSU's three remaining regular-season matches come against the league leaders (Miami and WMU) along with one of the teams currently deadlocked with the Brown and Orange (Ball State).
The Falcons split a pair of matches on the road last weekend, beating Akron before falling at Buffalo. On Friday (April 5), BGSU won the final three singles matches on the courts, posting a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Zips. Freshman Katie Brozovich capped the comeback for the Brown and Orange, winning a 6-0 third set at the fourth singles flight. BGSU had won the doubles point, then fell behind to a 3-1 score before getting singles wins from junior Nikki Chiricosta, Grubb and Brozovich to capture the victory against the preseason MAC favorites.
On Saturday (April 6), though, Buffalo captured five of the six singles contests to take a 5-2 win over the Falcons in Western New York. Brozovich was the lone BG winner in singles after the Brown and Orange had swept the three doubles matches.
The Falcons now have an overall record of 51-31 (62.2%) since BGSU's seniors arrived on campus (Hill, a transfer from Coastal Carolina Univ., is in her third season at BG). The school record for wins in a four-year span is 55, set by the 2007-08 senior class and matched by the '08-09 and '10-11 classes.
This weekend, the 2012-13 Falcons will be looking to continue a trend that has led to success much more often than not. BGSU has captured the doubles point in 16 consecutive matches, and the Falcon competitors have a combined record of 39-9 during that time. BG tandems are 10-6 at the top doubles flight, 15-1 at the second and 14-2 at the third flight during that 16-match span.
BGSU has won the doubles point in 16 of this season's 17 dual matches, after turning that trick 13 times in last season's 20 duals. In the last three-plus years (since the current senior class came to BG), the Falcons have won the doubles point 59 times and lost the point 23 times. In MAC regular-season matches in that time, BG has won the doubles point 21 times and lost it eight times.
In each of the Falcons' five MAC matches this season to date, Dean and Yonker have seen those four seniors combine to pick up doubles wins at the bottom two flights. Eccleston and Grubb have posted seven consecutive victories at the second flight, while Hill and Johnson have combined to win each of their first five MAC matches in third-flight action.
On Saturday at Buffalo, BG's two juniors joined the seniors in the doubles win column, as Chiricosta and classmate Emily Reuland came away with a victory at the top flight.
Each of the senior tandems has won exactly 80 percent of the time this year to date. The Hill/Johnson team has gone 12-3 on the season, with all but one of those matches having come in dual-match play. Eccleston and Grubb are 20-5 on the year and 13-2 since the start of the dual-match schedule.
Chiricosta and Reuland have teamed up to go 21-10 this year. The juniors are 9-6 overall in dual matches, with all but two of those 15 matches having come at the number-one flight.
Chiricosta and Reuland rank one-two on the team in total wins, as Chiricosta is now 48-18 on the season, while Reuland is 43-23. Grubb has 41 wins and Brozovich 40, and both players – like Chiricosta – have won more than two-thirds of their overall matches. Grubb has a winning percentage of 73.2% (41-15) in 2012-13, with Brozovich (40-15) and Chiricosta both at 72.7%. Reuland has won nearly two-thirds of her matches, with a 65.2% rate.
Freshman Drew Fillis has won over two-thirds of the time in her first season as a Falcon. She has an overall record of 23-11 to date, good for a winning percentage of 67.6%.
Eccleston ranks fifth on the Falcons in overall wins with a 37-22 record this year, good for a 62.7% success rate. Both Johnson and Hill have 29 victories apiece.
In fact, all eight players on the BGSU roster have at least 23 total wins, and every Falcon is at least seven games over .500, with seven of the eight players at least 10 games above the break-even mark.
Brozovich has 25 singles wins, while Chiricosta has 24 and Reuland 19. In doubles, Eccleston has a 25-8 record, and both Chiricosta and Reuland are 24-11. Grubb has a stellar 23-5 doubles mark this season, while Johnson is 23-7, Hill 18-8, Fillis 16-5 and Brozovich 15-7. Every player on the team has won at least two-thirds of her doubles matches this year.
Brozovich is a perfect 5-0 in MAC singles play, and has captured 16 consecutive singles matches since her last loss back on Jan. 18. Overall, she has won 23 matches in a row since that singles setback. Eccleston has won eight consecutive doubles contests, while Grubb has been a winner in seven doubles matches in a row.
Both the Eccleston/Grubb and Hill/Johnson doubles tandems have perfect 5-0 MAC records heading into Friday's Ball State match.
Eccleston, BGSU's all-time leader in doubles wins, now has 94 career victories. Eccleston, who broke the record of 89 set by Christine Chiricosta (2008-11), has won 15 of her last 16 doubles matches.
Eccleston teamed with Christine Chiricosta for 44 victories during the two years that both players were on the BG roster. Eccleston and Grubb now are 27-8 as a duo in their respective BG careers.
Nikki Chiricosta, just a junior, is tied for ninth in BG history with 71 career doubles victories, while Grubb is deadlocked for 11th with 70. Hill and Johnson are tied for 15th on that list with 67 career doubles victories, while Reuland, just two wins behind that duo, ranks 18th in BGSU history.
Chiricosta is now tied for eighth on the BGSU singles wins list, with 75, while Eccleston is 14th with 70 victories. Reuland is 17th with 67 career singles wins, with Grubb tied for 22nd (56 wins) and Hill in 23rd place (55).
Eccleston is second on the BGSU combined career wins list, with a total of 164 victories as a Falcon. Christine Chiricosta holds that BG record, with 178 total wins during her BG tenure.
All four BGSU seniors and both Falcon juniors are on the list of the top-30 players in school history in combined career wins, with Chiricosta seventh (146), Reuland 13th (132), Grubb tied for 18th (126), Hill 22nd (122) and Johnson 29th (98). All three lists can be found on page eight of these notes.
Ball State enters Friday's match with an overall record of 12-9, and the Cardinals – like the Falcons – are 3-2 in MAC action to date. The Cards split a pair of home matches last weekend, downing Toledo but losing to Miami. BSU has obliterated last season's win totals, as the 2011-12 team went 7-16 overall and 0-8 in the MAC.
Miami is 8-12 overall, but the RedHawks are tied with Western Michigan for first place in the MAC standings with a 4-1 league ledger. MU faces WMU in Kalamazoo on Friday before meeting the Falcons on Saturday. The RedHawks have won four-straight matches since a 4-3 loss to BSU in the conference opener. That was MU's first league regular-season loss in nearly five years, since April of 2008. Last year, the RedHawks went 14-10 overall and 8-0 in the MAC, winning the regular-season crown but falling, 4-3, to Akron in the championship match of the league tournament.
BGSU leads Ball State, 18-17, in the all-time series between the teams, and the Falcons have won each of the last six meetings. Last season, BG posted a 6-1 win in Muncie (April 7, 2012). Two years ago, in the last matchup in Northwest Ohio, the Brown and Orange picked up a 6-1 victory at the Perrysburg Tennis Center (April 2, 2011). Ball State's last series win came in March of 2006. BGSU is 9-7 in home matches, 7-9 on the road and 2-1 in neutral-site contests vs. the Cardinals over the years.
The Falcons trail Miami, 36-5, in that series, and the RedHawks have won each of the last seven meetings. Last season saw MU post two wins over the Falcons, 5-2 in Oxford (April 6, 2012) and 4-0 in the semifinal round of the MAC Championships (4-0; April 28, 2012) in Illinois. Two years ago, the RedHawks downed the Falcons, 5-2, at the PTC (April 1, 2011) in the teams' regular-season meeting. MU has defeated the Brown and Orange in the MAC tourney semifinals in each of the last two seasons. Two of BGSU's five series triumphs over the RedHawks came in the 2006-07 campaign.
Following this weekend's matches, the Falcons will close the regular season with a trip to Kalamazoo, Mich., to face Western Michigan on Saturday, April 20. The MAC Championships will be held the following weekend (April 26-28) in Muncie, Ind.
Buffalo will host Akron on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00 pm ET.
Women's Tennis Looks to Get back to .500 In MAC Play; Eagles host Northern Illinois Saturday, April 13, at 1 p.m.
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team will host the Huskies from Northern Illinois University, weather permitting at the Claudia Wasik Tennis Complex Saturday, April 13. If needed, play will be moved back inside to the Chippewa Club. Play will commence at 1 p.m.
EMU enters the weekend with a record of 7-12 (2-3 MAC) following a 5-2 victory at Ball State, April 6, in Muncie, Ind. The Huskies are 14-6 (0-4 MAC) and are still in search of their first league victory after falling to Western Michigan, 6-1, in DeKalb, Ill., March 30. NIU will play at Toledo, April 12, before making the trek north up US-23.
Last year, EMU won all three doubles matches and added four singles wins to record a 5-2 win over Northern Illinois, April 6, 2012, on the NIU West Tennis Courts. The No. 1 doubles team of Miriam Westerink and Nino Mebuke captured an 8-3 win over NIU's Sara McLaughlin and Emily Rogers. The EMU No. 2 team of Mariya Toncheva and Georgia de'Lisle-Tarr bested Northern's Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre, 8-5, and the No. 3 team of Daphne Friedrichs and Marcela Rivero posted an 8-6 win over the NIU team of Stephanie McDonald and Haley Dekkinga.
Mebuke won her No. 1 singles match, 6-2, 6-3, over McLaughlin before Northern won the No. 2 and No. 3 singles contests. The Eagles then bounced back with three straight wins as Friedrics defeated Mary Malkin, 6-4, 6-5, at No. 4; Toncheva won, 6-4, 6-3 over De La Torre at No. 5 and Rivero won, 6-2, 6-0, over McDonald at No. 6.
Eastern Michigan will be home twice more against Buffalo, April 19, and Akron, April 20, before entering postseason action the 2013 MAC Tournament, April 25-28, in Muncie, Ind.
Tennis Faces Tough Weekend Trip
OXFORD, Ohio - The Miami tennis team faces its toughest conference test of 2013 this weekend when it travels to Western Michigan on Friday and Bowling Green on Saturday. The RedHawks have won four straight contest and would clinch a share of the Mid-American Conference title with a sweep.
Miami, four-time defending regular-season champions have won four straight since a conference-opening loss to Ball State on March 23. They are 4-1 in league play and 8-12 overall after a sweep Eastern Michigan and Toledo last weekend.
Junior Nimisha Mohan leads Miami with a 20-10 record, including 12-8 in dual matches. She has won seven of her last 10 outings. Sophomore Alix Thurman has had similar success, posting a 19-11 overall mark. Christiana Raymond and Ramona Costea are both undefeated in MAC play at 5-0, playing No. 3 and No. 6, respectively.
Western Michigan is 11-10 overall, but is tied for first with the RedHawks in the MAC standings. Miami holds a 19-17 series lead, but has won five straight dating back to 2008. The two schools have combined for 28 of the 32 Mid-American Conference regular-season titles in league history.
Bowling Green enters the weekend with a record of 14-3 in dual-match play, 3-2 in MAC action. The Falcons are tied for second with Akron and Ball State, one game behind the Broncos and RedHawks.
NIU Women's Tennis on the MAC Road Again
Huskies Take on Toledo, Eastern Michigan in Final Road Dual Matches
DeKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois women's tennis team enters the home stretch of the 2013 regular season in search of its first Mid-American Conference victory as the Huskies go on the road to take on Toledo and Eastern Michigan this weekend. After posting a 14-2 record in non-conference play, the Huskies are 0-4 through the first half of league competition.
NIU (14-6, 0-4 MAC) takes on Toledo (7-11, 1-4 MAC) Friday at Noon (CT) in Toledo. The Rockets dropped 6-1 decisions at Miami and Ball State last weekend. The Huskies will play Eastern Michigan (7-12, 2-3 MAC) Saturday at Noon at the Claudia Wasik Tennis Complex (outside) or at the Chippewa Club (inside) depending on the weather. EMU lost at Miami (5-2) and defeated Ball State (5-2) last weekend. Live scoring of the EMU match is available by clicking here.
After playing 14 of 20 spring dual matches on the road, Northern Illinois took last weekend off. This weekend's action is the final road competition before the Mid-American Conference Tennis Championships April 26-28 in Muncie, Ind.
"Over the past two weeks we have been working so hard," said NIU Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "[The MAC] is wide open this year. In years past there would be one team that would separate themselves from the rest of the pack, but that is not the case this year. There is no clear favorite. We have been playing better week by week and there is no quit in this team. I am very excited to see what this team will do this weekend. "
Northern Illinois' challenging schedule has not stopped No. 1 player Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central HS) from posting one of the best seasons in school history. Youel is 18-2 this spring and has won 24 singles matches this season, which ranks tied for third all-time at NIU. Her 24 wins are the most singles wins by a Huskie women's player in 14 years, since Natacha Koprivica set the NIU single season record with 26 wins in 1998-99.
Youel is also 20-6 in doubles play this year, including a 16-4 mark this spring, while playing exclusively at the No. 1 doubles spot. Her combined 54 victories in singles and doubles have tied Koprivica for the Northern Illinois record for the most combined wins ever by a Huskie player in a season.
Northern Illinois will play its final two dual matches of the regular season at home next Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, when the Huskies play host to Ball State and Miami. Matches start at 1 p.m. (CT) each day with the location at either the West Tennis Courts (outside) or the Boylan Tennis Courts (inside) in Rockford, Ill.
Toledo Opens Three-Match Homestand on Friday Versus Northern Illinois
TOLEDO, Ohio - The Toledo women's tennis team (7-11, 1-4 MAC) will wrap up the regular season with three consecutive home matches, starting with an afternoon contest versus Northern Illinois (14-6, 0-4 MAC) on Friday, April 12. Match start time is slated for 1:00 p.m. and will be played on the UT Varsity Tennis Courts, weather permitting. The Toledo Shadow Valley Club will host the match if competition is moved indoors.
The Midnight Blue & Gold are looking to rebound in their first league contest to be played at home, after dropping four out of the previous five Mid-American Conference matchups.
Most recently, UT dropped a pair of 6-1 road matches at Ball State last Friday and at Miami last Saturday. Junior Chrissy Coffman has been a steady performer at No. 3 singles with a team-high 10 individual wins, including a 4-1 ledger in league play. Coffman is 7-3 in her previous 10 appearances on the court and carries a four-match win streak into tomorrow's dual.
Senior Silvia Carvajal and freshman Katelyn Nguyen lead the team with seven wins in doubles play, while the freshman duo of Mackenzie Bowman and Emily Mazzola have put together a 6-4 campaign.
NIU will enter the Glass City seeking its first MAC win. The Huskies last played on March 30 when they dropped a 6-1 decision to Western Michigan at home. No. 1 player Nelle Youel scored the lone point and improved her singles record to 18-2 on the season.
Following this weekend, Toledo will conclude the regular season when it hosts Akron next Friday, April 19 and Buffalo next Saturday, April 20.
Broncos Return Home for Weekend MAC Series
-Western Michigan Broncos (11-10, 4-1 MAC) vs. Miami RedHawks (8-12, 4-1 MAC); Friday, April 12 // 1 p.m.; Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club
-Western Michigan Broncos vs. Ball State Cardinals (12-9, 3-2 MAC); Saturday, April 13 // 1 p.m.; Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club
THE SERIES: This will be the 37th meeting between the two teams, with the RedHawks holding a slim 19-17 advantage in the all-time series with the Broncos. Miami has won each of the last five meetings; the last time WMU defeated Miami was April 12, 2008, a 6-1 victory that clinched the fourth straight MAC regular season championship for the Broncos. The RedHawks won last year’s meeting in Oxford by a 5-2 score; both Kathleen Hawkins and Jill Pastunink earned singles wins.
This will be the 39th meeting between the Broncos and the Cardinals, with Western Michigan holding a 36-2 advantage in the all-time series against Ball State. In the last meeting between the two teams, the Broncos spanked the Cardinals 6-1 in Muncie, winning the doubles point and five of the six singles matches. Maggie Remynse, Kathleen Hawkins, Jill Pastunink, and Caroline Aleck each earned singles wins, while Nini Sujashvili was part of the pairing that won No. 2 doubles.
BATTLE FOR FIRST: The match between the Broncos and the RedHawks marks the only meeting of the year between the two teams with the best record in the conference; both the Broncos and the RedHawks enter today’s match tied for first in the MAC with 4-1 records. The two teams have been among the best in the conference for a long time; the RedHawks and the Broncos have combined for 28 of the 32 regular season titles in conference history.
The last time a team other than Miami or Western Michigan won the MAC regular season championship was in 2004, when Marshall posted their third straight regular season title. When considering only schools still in the conference, Eastern Michigan is the only other program to win a MAC title.
DOUBLE DIPPERS: One of the keys to the Broncos' hot start in conference play this year has been their performance in the doubles session; indeed, the Broncos are undefeated against MAC opponents when capturing the doubles point, and have lost just one match this season in which they've controlled the opening point. The doubles pairing of Maggie Remynse and Nini Sujashvili has been dominant since conference play began, as the duo thus far enjoys a 5-0 mark in conference doubles play. Not far behind is the pairing of Jill Pastunink and Kelsey King; the senior - freshman combo currently boasts a 4-1 mark against their MAC foes.