Feb. 19, 2003
Western Michigan's Frederika Girsang and Ball State's Chris Varga represented their respective institutions as the third honorees of the 2003 tennis season as tennis players of the week. The league office will select a player of the week every week throughout the 2003 season.
MAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week
Frederika Girsang, Western Michigan (Jr., Jakarta, Indonesia) went 4-0 in a pair of Western Michigan victories last weekend. She earned an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles with Reedhina Parekh over a pair from Illinois-Chicago. She posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 2 singles helping the Broncos beat the Flames 5-2. She won the No. 1 doubles match with Melanie Peters, 8-1, over DePaul's top doubles team. Later, Girsang won her No. 1 singles match. The Broncos beat the Blue Demons of DePaul by a 5-2 margin.
Other Women's Nominations
Lisa Maloney, Bowling Green (Jr., South Barrington, Ill.) won her lone singles match of the weekend, in her home state, beating UIC's Ayca Gumuscu in straight sets at the No. 2 singles flight. She lost a pair of doubles matches at the top flight, including a narrow 9-7 decision vs. the Flames. BGSU lost to DePaul 7-0 and UIC 5-2.
MAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week
Chris Varga, Ball State (Sr., Granger, Ind.) posted a two-set decision at No. 1 singles and combined with Patrick Thompson for a doubles victory as Ball State upset 65th-ranked Michigan State Saturday. Varga beat Chris Mitchell with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at the No. 1 singles postion and combined with Thompson for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles.
Other Men's Nominations
Ryan Maarschalk, Western Michigan (Sr., Harare, Zimbabwe) earned a pair of key singles' wins over Big Ten opponents. He defeated Blake Baratz of Wisconsin 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles match. WMU beat the Badgers 6-1. He also beat Pete Rose of Iowa in the No. 3 position as the Broncos narrowly beat No. 75 Hawkeyes 4-3. WMU is ranked 59th nationally in the latest ITA poll.