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).
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.