March 26, 2002
Eastern Michigan's Lisa D'Amelio (Jr., Melbourne, Australia) was a catalyst to pair of conference wins to open MAC play this weekend. D'Amelio was perfect at No. 2 singles and in her doubles play at No. 1 with fellow Australian Rebecca Hawkins. Against Northern Illinois, D'Amelio defeated Tanja Sukovic, 6-3, 6-2 in singles and teamed with Hawkins to defeat Savic and Heshelman, 8-4. In the dramatic come-from-behind win at Western Michigan (4-3), D'Amelio teamed with Hawkins to get EMU's only win at doubles over Frederika Girsang and Melanie Remynse, 8-4 and then rallied in singles against Girsang after losing a first-set tiebreaker to spark EMU to the win with her 6-7 (7), 6-4, 6-3 win. D'Amelio is now 27-6 in singles this season and 28-3 in doubles with Hawkins.
Ball State's Melissa Roach (Jr., East Yorkshire, England) won her seventh straight match Friday with her 7-6 (4), 7-5 win over Bowling Green's Lisa Maloney at No. 1 singles. Roach who combined with Abigail Hodge for a narrow 9-7 defeat at No. 1 doubles, has helped BSU to a school-record eight straight victories and a national ranking of 72 for the first time in school history.
Bowling Green's Devon Bissinger (Sr., Kettering Ohio) won in both singles and doubles at BSU. She picked up a singles win 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 over leisa Brooks at the No.2 flight. Bissinger teamed with Susie Schoenberger for a win at the top doubles flight.
Marshall's Anna Mitina (Sr., Sochi, Russia) went 4-0 this weekend in singles and 4-0 in doubles. She is 2-0 in MAC competition. Mitina played No. 1 and No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles. Overall Mitina is 8-4 in singles and 9-3 in doubles.
Miami's Megan Zimpfer (So., Centerville, Ohio) won both singles matches and teamed up with Brooke Peyton to capture both doubles matches last weekend as Miami went 2-0 to start league play. Zimpfer, who has been primarily playing No. 4 singles, stepped in and posted a win at No. 2 doubles agains Akron on Friday to lift Miami to a 5-2 win over the Zips. She also notched a triumph at No. 1 singles over Buffalo on Sturday to pace the RedHawks to a 7-0 sweep of the Bulls. Her win against Akron (6-3, 6-3) was her first at the No. 2 spot and improves her record to 1-2. Zimpfer's triumph against the Bulls at No.1 singles (6-4, 6-4) marked her first career appearance at that spot. She is now 8-5 on the season and 2-0 in league play. She and Peyton posted commanding wins at No. 2 doubles, topping Akron's No. 2 tandem, 8-2 and Buffalo's No. 2 duo, 8-1. She and Peyton are 2-0 in conference doubles action.
Toledo's Whitney Wasielewski (Sr., Livonia, Mich) won her match at No.3 singles against NIU's Karrie Tyioran, 6-3, 6-0. She also teamed with Natayla Natyshak to win at No. 2 doubles 8-1.
Western Michigan's Valeria Stoilova (So., Port Huron, Mich) posted a 4-0 combined record in two MAC matches. She won the No.4 match over Natayla Natyshak of Toledo 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. She also won the No.3 doubles match with teammate Nikki Douglas 8-4 over Eva Szuch and Marivi Cuartin. She helped the Broncos post a 5-2 win over the Rockets in the home opener.Stoilova then took the No.5 singles match 6-3, 6-1 over Shari Gamarnik of EMU Saturday. She also won the No.3 doubles match with Douglass over Gamarnik and Amalia Lincaru 9-8 (5).