No. 1 Western Michigan advances to Women's Tennis Semifinals

Updated 4/28/2006

April 28, 2006

OXFORD, Ohio - Three of the top four seeds won Friday to advance to Saturday's semifinal action at the 2006 MAC Women's tennis Championships. No. 1 Western Michigan will face No. 5 Eastern Michigan, a 4-1 winner over No. 4 Toledo. No. 2 Buffalo will tangle with No. 3 Miami as all matches will begin at 1 p.m. on the Miami University campus. Friday's results are as follows.

No. 5 Eastern Michigan 4, No. 4 Toledo 1

Meeting for the second time in the past five days, fifth-seeded Eastern Michigan avenged a narrow loss to fourth-seeded Toledo, 4-1, and advanced to the Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Tournament semifinals. EMU, which suffered a 4-3 loss to the Rockets this past Sunday, took command in doubles play, cruising to 8-1 victory by Elizabeth Syrova and Aditi Krishnan at second doubles and securing the doubles point with a solid 8-3 decision from Laura Fernandez and Flavia Micati at third doubles. The Eagles pressed their advantage to 3-0 with a quick victories at third and fourth singles before Toledo got on the board with a Eunice Paravicini win, 6-4, 6-1, at first singles. Catherine Bestahorn provided the decisive point for the Eagles, who led in each of the final three singles duels, winning 6-2, 6-3 at fifth singles. Eastern Michigan, which improved to 10-10, advances to face the winner of top-seeded Western Michigan and ninth-seeded Northern Illinois. Toledo, which was a preseason pick to finish eighth in the MAC, completed an impressive season in which it posted a 14-7 record.

DOUBLES
No. 1 - Frankowski/Parfenyuk (EMU) led Cueva/Paravicini (UT) 7-5 (DNF)
No. 2 - Syrova/Krishnan (EMU) def. Belsky/Rivero (UT) 8-1
No. 3 - Flavia Micati/Fernandez (EMU) def. VanderMolen/Horning (UT) 8-3
SINGLES
No. 1 - Eunice Paravicini (UT) def. Elizabeth Syrova (EMU) 6-4, 6-1
No. 2 - Aditi Krishnan (EMU) led Myriam Cueva (UT) 6-3, 5-4 (DNF)
No. 3 - Vanessa Frankowski (EMU)def Viviana Rivero (UT) 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 - Yana Parfenyuk (EMU) def. Jenny Belsky (UT) 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 - Catherina Bestahorn (EMU) def. Sarah Horning (UT) 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 - Laura Fernandez (EMU) led Sarah VanderMolen (UT) 6-2, 3-0 (DNF)

No. 3 Miami 4, No. 6 Ball State 1
Miami University's women's tennis team qualified for its third straight Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Tournament Semifinal Friday afternoon, downing sixth-seeded Ball State, 4-1, behind a strong all-around effort. In closely contested doubles action, Miami pulled out early, capturing an 8-5 win behind Katrina Lomidze and Linda Jirouskova at first doubles. Ball State would briefly rally to tie the doubles tally with an 8-5 victory by Katie Owens and Stephanie Farrar at second doubles, but Miami would put the match away moments later when the tandem of Victoria Pulido and Leda Pesatova clinched an 8-4 victory at third doubles. Miami heated up on the singles courts, winning the first set in five of the six matches and getting wins from Remy Swain at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-0, and Pesatova at second single, 6-0, 6-2, to pull within a point of victory. The Cardinals would tally their first point at No. 1 singles with a Jessica Thompson defeat, 6-2, 6-2, of Lomidze, but Miami would clinch a hard-fought decisive point at fourth singles, where Kelly Douple earned a 6-4, 6-3 victory. The RedHawks (12-9) advance to the MAC semifinals for the third straight season, where they have fallen the last two years, and face the winner of No. 2 Buffalo and No. 7 Bowling Green at 1 p.m. tomorrow. Ball State's season ends with a 9-12 mark.


DOUBLES
No. 1 - Lomidze/Jirouskova (MIA) vs. Thompson/Calderwood (BSU) 8-5
No. 2 - Owens/Stephanie Farrar (BSU) def. Swain/Maura Trauernicht (MIA) 8-5
No. 3 - Pesatova/Pulido (MIA) vs. Pollack/Retter (BSU) 8-4
SINGLES
No. 1 - Jessica Thompson (BSU) def. Katrina Lomidze (MIA) 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 - Leda Pesatova (MIA) def. Jennifer Pollack (BSU) 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 - Linda Jirouskova (MIA) led Haly Calderwood (BSU) 7-5, 1-2 (DNF)
No. 4 - Kelly Douple (MIA) def. Katie Owens (BSU) 6-4, 6-3
No. 5 - Victoria Pulido (MIA) led Emma Retter (BSU) 6-3, 6-6 (DNF)
No. 6 - Remy Swain (MIA) def. Rachel Lemar (BSU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 1 Western Michigan 4, No. 9 Northern Illinois 0

Top-seeded Western Michigan rolled into the MAC Semifinals Friday afternoon at Hepburn Varsity Tennis Courts, powering past ninth-seeded Northern Illinois, 4-0, and setting up an intrastate clash with fifth-seeded Eastern Michigan in tomorrow's semifinals. The top-seeded Broncos made quick work of the Huskies on the doubles courts, cruising to an 8-1 win behind Norika Saruta and Rattiya Hiranrat at third doubles and sealing the deal with an 8-2 win at second doubles by Reedhina Parekh and MAC Newcomer of the Year Kerstin Pahl. In singles play, the Broncos rested MAC Player of the Year Malena Remynse but still provided plenty of punch, showing their depth by quickly dispensing the Huskies. Reedinah Parekh and Pahl won quick straight-set victories at second and fifth doubles and Hiranrat ended the match with a 6-2, 6-0 win at third singles. WMU also was leading in the remaining three singles matches when play ended. Western Michigan, coming off its second straight MAC regular-season title, advances to tomorrow's 1 p.m. semifinal round to face fifth-seeded Eastern Michigan. Northern Illinois ended a trying season in which illness played a major role in a 5-16 record.

DOUBLES
No. 1 - Jeanmaire/Remynse (WMU) led Edner/Uememura (NIU) 4-2 (DNF)
No. 2 - R. Parekh/Pahl (WMU) def. Brooks/Asuaje (NIU) 8-2
No. 3 - Norika Saruta/Hirantrat (WMU) def. Delgadillo/Nagel (NIU) 8-1
SINGLES
No. 1 - Carrie Jeanmaire (WMU) led Jenny Edner (NIU) 6-1, 4-2 (DNF)
No. 2 - Reedhina Parekh (WMU) def. Dora Delgadillo (NIU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 - Rattiya Hiranrat (WMU) led Lilian Asuaje (NIU) 6-0, 4-2 (DNF)
No. 4 - Priyanka Parekh (WMU) def. Megan Brooks (NIU) 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 - Kerstin Pahl (WMU) def. Nao Uememura (NIU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 6 - Norika Saruta (WMU) led Chrissy Nagel (NIU) 6-2, 2-1 (DNF)
No. 2 Buffalo 4, No. 7 Bowling Green 2

The red-hot Buffalo Bulls continued an impressive run Friday afternoon, downing seventh-seeded Bowling Green, 4-2, in a hard-fought MAC Quarterfinal match and avenging one of just two regular-season league losses. Buffalo claimed the early advantage in doubles when the No. 2 tandem of Miglena Nenova and Jenna Nussbaum earned an 8-3 victory over the Bowling Green duo of Ashley and Kelsey Jakupcin. The decisive point would come hard, as tight matches continued at first and third doubles, but the Bull's No. 1 pair of Andreea Novaceanu and Tina Jacob outlasted BGSU's Jenna Nussbaum and Heidi Romer to claim a point-winning 8-6 victory. Novaceanu followed with a straight-set win, 6-1, 6-1, at first singles, and the Bulls moved within one win of the match with a 6-0, 6-4 Katrin Fischer victory at fifth singles. With its back against the wall, Bowling Green fought back, getting wins from Andrea Meister and Stefanie Menoff at fourth and sixth singles, respectively, and fighting valiantly against one-set deficits in second and third singles. Natalie Dean finally delivered the decisive point for the Bulls at No. 3 singles, outlasting Heidi Romer for a 7-5, 6-4 decision. Buffalo, which has won seven straight matches, faces third-seeded Miami in tomorrow's 1 p.m. semifinal. The teams last met last Friday in Buffalo, where the Bulls won a tight 4-3 decision. Bowling Green finished a strong season with a 14-10 record.

DOUBLES
No. 1 - Novaceanu/Jacob (UB) def. Nussbaum/Romer (BG) 8-6
No. 2 - Nenova/Ortman (UB) def. Jakupcin/Jakupcin (BG) 8-3
No. 3 - Dean/Fischer (UB) led Andrea Volle/Meister (BG) 6-5 (DNF)
SINGLES
No. 1 - Andreea Novaceanu (UB) def. Ashley Jakupcin (BG) 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 - Miglena Nenova (UB) led Jenna Nussbaum (BG) 6-3, 5-5 (DNF)
No. 3 - Natalie Dean (UB) def. Heidi Romer (BG) 7-5, 6-4
No. 4 - Andrea Meister (BG) def. Kristen Ortman (UB) 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 - Katrin Fischer (UB) def. Kelsey Jakupcin (BG) 6-0, 6-4
No. 6 - Stefanie Menoff (BG) def. Tina Jacob (UB) 6-3, 6-3