MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WOMEN'S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Nelle Youel, Northern Illinois – Sophomore, Crystal Lake, Ill. (Crystal Lake Central High School)
Northern Illinois sophomore Nelle Youel completed the most successful season by an individual in Huskies women’s tennis history with four wins over the weekend. Youel earned a pair of straight set wins at No. 1 singles over opponents from Ball State and Miami, and added two doubles wins (along with partner Arantza De La Torre) at No. 1 doubles. Youel’s win versus Miami was her 27th singles win of the year, giving her sole possession of the Northern Illinois record to break the mark set 24 years ago, by Natacha Koprivica in 1988-89. Youel won her 22nd and 23rd doubles match of the year, the most by a Huskie since Monica Larson won 24 matches in 1989-90, to rank fourth on the school single season doubles wins list. Her 50 total victories this year rank second only to Koprivica’s 54 in 1988-89. Youel finished the 2012-13 campaign 27-5 overall, including a 21-3 mark this spring. Two of her three losses came in a third-set super tie-breaker. In doubles, playing primarily with De La Torre, she posted a 19-5 record this spring and was 23-7 on the year.
Courtney Earnest, Ball State – Freshman, Lexington, Ohio
Ball State freshman Courtney Earnest has won her past three MAC matches which includes victories at Bowling Green, Western Michgian and Northern Illinois. She helped Ball State end its MAC regular season with a 5-2 win over Northern Illinois last Friday. Earnest won at No. 2 singles in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 over Haley Dekkinga. Earnest leads the Cardinals in overall wins with a 27-9 record which includes a 19-5 dual mark and a 6-2 MAC ledger.
Emily Reuland, Bowling Green – Junior, Oswego, Ill. (Rosary High School)
Bowling Green junior Emily Reuland helped the Falcons to an historic win over Western Michigan in the Falcons’ lone match last week. Bowling Green downed the Broncos, 5-2, for the first win over Western Michigan in program history. Reuland and fellow junior Nikki Chiricosta lost their doubles match in a tiebreaker at the top flight, but bounced back for a lopsided victory at the number-two singles flight. Reuland defeated Western Michigan’s Maggie Remynse by identical 6-2 scores, as her match was the first singles contest to finish. Bowling Green won five of the six singles matches en route to the win.
On the year, Reuland has an overall record of 45-27, and her win total is second on the team. She is 20-14 in singles and 25-13 in doubles, tying for the team lead in doubles victories. In her career, Reuland – just a junior – is ranked 13th in school history with 134 combined career wins. The Falcons are 16-4 entering the MAC Championships, and Bowling Green has tied the school record for dual-match wins in a season. The Falcons went 5-3 in the MAC to tie for second in the final regular-season standings. That is the best finish in program history, and the Falcons are the second seed for the league tournament, also a program best.
Mariya Toncheva, Eastern Michigan – Junior, Burgas, Bulgaria
Eastern Michigan junior Mariya Toncheva completed a perfect weekend going 2-0 in singles action at the No. 6 position while teaming with Ankita Bhatia to go 2-0 in doubles action. The native of Bulgaria defeated Buffalo's Marta Stoyanova,6-4, 6-3, and followed it up with a 6-4, 6-3 over Akron's Madison Cohen. She finished the year with a record of 14-14 overall in singles action and 5-3 in MAC play.
Christiana Raymond, Miami – Junior, Westerville, Ohio (Columbus Academy)
Miami junior Christiana Raymond captained Miami to its fifth straight MAC regular-season tennis championship with a 5-2 win at Northern Illinois. Raymond was undefeated in her two matches this week. In doubles play, she and partner Ramona Costea took the deciding match 8-5 at No. 3 after teams split at Nos. 1 and 2. Raymond was the second singles match completed, giving the RedHawks a 3-0 lead, when she defeated her third-flight opponent, 6-0, 6-2. Raymond finished the regular season 20-13 overall (including fall tournaments), 13-9 in spring dual matches and 8-0 in MAC play.
Kathleen Hawkins, Western Michigan – Junior, Portage, Mich. (Hackett Catholic Central High School)
Western Michigan junior Kathleen Hawkins went 2-0 for the Broncos in their match against Bowling Green last week, earning a win at No. 1 doubles while teamed with Caroline Aleck and cruising to a convincing win at No. 4 singles play. Hawkins and Aleck wrapped a perfect doubles session for the Broncos, defeating Emily Reuland and Nikki Chiricosta 8-7 (2) at the No. 1 position. Hawkins went on to win her singles match against Katie Brozovich, coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the second set to win 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 4 position.