Western Michigan's Girsang Named Women's Athlete of the Week

Updated 4/2/2002

April 2, 2002

MAC Player of the Week

Western Michigan's's Frederika Girsang (So., Jakarta, Indonesia) posted a perfect 4-0 record in singles and doubles combined. She won the No.1 singles match against Lisa Maloney of BGSU 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (7). Girsang also won the No. 1 doubles match with Melanie Remynse 8-6 over Devon Bissinger and Susie Schoenberger, then posted two wins in a 5-2 win over No. 66 BSU. She downed Leisa Brooks 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles match. She also took the No. 1 doubles match 8-3 with Remynse. Girsang leads the team in overall wins (41), singles wins (21) and doubles wins (20).

Other Nominees

Akron's Irina Strembitsky (So., Eastlake, Ohio) has won 11 straight at No. 1 singles. Against Centenary, No. 1 singles, Strembitsky defeated M. Yearwood 6-1, 6-1. Against LA Tech., No. 1 singles, Strembitsky defeated Uriarte 6-2, 6-0, and in No. 1 doubles, Strembitsky with teammate Serafini defeated Uriarte/Duque 8-3.

Eastern Michigan's Rebecca Hawkins (Jr., Gosford, New South Wales, Australia) dominated the weekend action, going 2-0 in No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, all straight sets, in EMU's wins over Miami and # 72 Marshall. Hawkins defeated Jessica Johnson of Marshall, 6-3, 7-5 and teamed with Lisa D'Amelio to defeat Anna Mitina and Alice Sukner, 8-6. Previously against Miami, Hawkins defeated Kadija Richards, 6-4, 6-3 and in doubles beat Richards/Catherine Dilley, 8-0 with D'Amelio. Hawkins is 4-0 in MAC play in singles and doubles, 25-9 in singles and 30-3 in doubles. Hawkins and D'Amelio have won seven straight and 14 of the last 15 doubles matches.

Marshall's Ashley Kroth (Fr., Louisville, Ky.) went 2-0 in singles and 2-0 at doubles. She played No. 2 doubles and No.5 and No.6 singles. Against EMU, Kroth won at No. 6 singles. Earlier in the season Kroth was ranked No. 11 in the country.

Miami's Erica Echko (Sr., Dayton, Ohio) with two wins at No. 5 singles, improved her MAC record to a perfect 4-0 including a 3-0 mark at No. 5 singles and a 1-0 record at the No. 4 spot. Echko was the lone singles winner for the RedHawks in a 6-1 loss at EMU. After dropping the first set, 3-6, Echko battled back to post a 6-4 win in the second set and claimed the tie-breaker, 1-0 (11). She also posted a triumph at No. 5 singles against Toledo (7-6, 6-4) to help Miami to a 6-1 win. Playing No. 3 doubles, Echko split this weekend, falling 8-3 to the No. 3 EMU doubles team and posting an 8-4 win against Toledo.

Northern Illinois' Tanja Sukovic (Jr., Alsip, Ill.) help lead her team to a 2-0 week, including a 5-2 win over No. 66 Ball State. She went 2-0 in No. 2 singles, with a 6-4, 6-4 win over BSU's Leisa Brooks and a 6-2, 6-3 win over Devon Bissinger of BGSU. Sukovis then teamed with Terrie Tyioran to go 2-0 in No. 3 doubles. She posted a perfect 4-0 week.

Toledo's Whitney Wasielewski (Sr., Livona, Mich.) teamed with Natalya Natyshak at No. 2 doubles to defeat Zimpher/Payton of Miami 9-7. Wasielewski took Brooke Peyton, Miami to three sets before losing 6-4, 6-7, 10-6. Wasielewski also took Alice Sukner, Marshall to three sets, but fell 4-6, 6-0, 7-5.