Buffalo, WMU Advance to Women's Tennis Championship Match

Updated 4/29/2006

April 29, 2006

Buffalo outlasts host Miami, 4-1
OXFORD, Ohio - The University at Buffalo's second-seeded women's tennis team continued an impressive march that began in April by battling past third-seeded Miami, 4-1, and advancing to its first Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Championship Match. UB, which has won eight straight matches, advances to face top-seeded Western Michigan, winners of six in a row, at 1 p.m. in tomorrow's title match.

Competition on the doubles court was intense, with the all-important doubles point coming down to the final match. Miami jumped ahead early with a 8-2 win by Leda Pesatova and Victoria Pulido at third doubles, but competition was fierce on the first and second doubles courts, where both matches were tied at 5-5. The Bulls earned a 8-5 victory at first doubles behind Andreea Novaceanu and Tina Jacob and secured the win with a hard-fought 8-6 victory by Miglena Nenova and Kristen Ortman.

The battle carried over onto the singles courts, where Buffalo won the first set at first, third and fifth singles, and Miami won the first set at second, fourth and sixth singles. Miami tied the score at 1-1 with a Remy Swain victory, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 6 singles, but Buffalo went back in front with a 6-1, 7-5 win by Andrea Novaceanu at first singles. With a Katrin Fischer win at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 7-5, Buffalo perched itself on the brink of victory, awaiting the outcome of three matches that were headed to the wire. The decisive point came at second singles, where Buffalo's Miglena Nenova came from behind to clinch a 2-6, 6-0, 6-2 victory at fourth singles.

Buffalo, which won its eighth straight match and improved to 16-4 on the year, advances to face top-seeded Western Michigan at 1 p.m. in tomorrow's MAC Championship match. The match presently is scheduled to take place at Hepburn Varsity Courts but would be moved to Riverside Athletic Club in the event of inclement weather. Miami finished the season 12-10, bowing out of the league semifinals for the third straight year.

Buffalo 4, Miami 1

No. 1 - Novaceanu/Jacob (UB) def. Lomidze/Jirouskova (MIA) 8-5
No. 2 - Nenova/Ortman (UB) def. Swain/Maura Trauernicht (MIA) 8-6
No. 3 - Pesatova/Pulido (MIA) def. Dean/Fischer (UB) 8-2

SINGLES No. 1 - Andreea Novaceanu (UB) def. Katrina Lomidze (MIA) 6-1, 7-5
No. 2 - Miglena Nenova (UB) def. Leda Pesatova (MIA) 2-6, 6-0, 6-2
No. 3 - Natalie Dean (UB) led Linda Jirouskova (MIA) 7-5, 6-5 (DNF)
No. 4 - Kristen Ortman (UB) led Kelly Douple (MIA) 4-6, 6-4, 5-2 (DNF)
No. 5 - Katrin Fischer (UB) def. Victoria Pulido (MIA) 6-2, 7-5
No. 6 - Remy Swain (MIA) def. Tina Jacob (UB) 6-4, 6-1

Western Michigan shuts out Eastern Michigan
OXFORD, Ohio -Western Michigan University's women's tennis team continued its mastery of the Mid-American Conference Saturday afternoon at Hepburn Varsity Tennis Courts, blowing past Eastern Michigan University, 4-0, and advancing to the Championship match of the Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Tournament.

Western Michigan jumped out to big leads early at first and third doubles and cruised to the doubles point. The tandem of Norika Saruta and Rattiya Hiranrat cruised to an 8-1 victory at third doubles, and the No. 1 pair of Malena Remynse and Carrie Jeanmaire won the first five points on the way to an 8-3 victory. Reedhina Parekh and Kerstin Pahl led 5-1 when their match was ended.

Eastern Michigan turned up the intensity in singles play, winning the first sets at first and third singles, but Western Michigan's depth proved to be too much. The Broncos got a 6-1, 6-0 victory from Rattiya Hiranrat at fourth singles; a 6-3, 6-0 win at fifth singles from Priyanka Parekh; and a 6-1, 6-2 win by Kerstin Pahl at sixth singles to capture the match.

The Broncos, who improved to 19-5 on the year, face the winner of third-seeded Miami and second-seeded Buffalo at 1 p.m. tomorrow. The match is scheduled to take place at Hepburn Courts but could be moved indoors to Riverside Athletic Club in Hamilton in the event of rain. Eastern Michigan's season ended with a 10-11 record.

Western Michigan 4, Eastern Michigan 0

No. 1 - Jeanmaire/Remynse (WMU) def. Frankowski/Parfenyuk (EMU) 8-3
No. 2 - R. Parekh/Pahl (WMU) led Syrova/Krishnan (EMU) 5-1
No. 3 - Norika Saruta/Hirantrat (WMU) def. Flavia Micati/Fernandez (EMU) 8-1

No. 1 - Elizabeth Syrova (EMU) led Malena Remynse (WMU) 7-6 (3), 1-2 (DNF)
No. 2 - Carrie Jeanmaire (WMU) led Aditi Krishnan (EMU) 6-2, 2-5 (DNF)
No. 3 - Vanessa Frankowski (EMU) led Reedhina Parekh (WMU) 7-6 (3), 1-1 DNF)
No. 4 - Rattiya Hiranrat (WMU) def. Yana Parfenyuk (EMU) 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 - Priyanka Parekh (WMU) def. Catherina Bestahorn (EMU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 6 - Kerstin Pahl (WMU) def. Laura Fernandez (EMU) 6-1, 6-2