April 16, 2002
MAC Player of the Week
Western Michigan's Larissa Chinwah (Sr., Sydney, Australia) posted a 4-0 record for the second consecutive week. She teamed with Brookley Crews to win the No,2 doubles match over Opel and Tiedt of NIU 8-4. She then beat Branka Savic 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the No.1 singles match. Chinwah helped the Broncos beat NIU 5-2. She teamed with Crews for another win, downing Anabelle Espinosa and Vero Bresino of Marquette 8-5. Then she beat Espinosa 6-4, 6-0 in the No.1 match. Chinwah has now won eight straight matches overall. WMU has won six in a row, five straight in the MAC.
Akron's Irina Strembitsky (So., Solon, Ohio) won her singles match at No.1 singles against Vivana Rivero of Toledo, 6-1, 6-1. With the win she is now 13-3, 5-2 at No.1 singles.
Ball State's Leisa Brooks (Fr., New Castle, Australia) won both her singles matches at the No.2 position. She scored a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Miami's Megan Zimpfer Friday and then split sets before prevailing 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 over Marshall's Anne Mitina Saturday.
Bowling Green's Alyson Gabel (Jr., Toledo, Ohio) won at both singles and doubles in BGSU's narrow loss to Miami. She Erica Echko (6-1, 6-3) at the No.4 singles flight and teamed with Gaby Coello for a win at the No.2 doubles flight. She lost at No.4 singles and No.2 doubles versus Marshall.
Marshall's Jessica Johnson (Fr., Louisville, Ky.) went 2-1 in singles and 3-0 in doubles. Her only singles lost came to a Virginia Teech opponent Kristen Stubbs. She also defeated former player of the week, Melissa Roach of BSU. Overall, Johnson is 12-9 and 4-2 (MAC) in singles and in doubles is 18-3 and 6-0 (MAC). She and doubles partner Ashley Kroh are ranked as the No.60 doubles team in the country, They are the only MAC duo who are ranked.
Miami's Kadija Richards (Sr., St. Andrews, Jamiaca) went 2-0 at No.1 singles and 2-0 at No.1 doubles with Catherine Dilley as the RedHawks posted 4-3 wins at BSU and at BGSU to improve to 12-8 overall and 5-2 in MAC action. Richards, who had not won at No.1 singles until posting a 6-1, 6-4 win against Toledo on March 30, has now triumphed in three of her last four matches at the No.1 spot. She produced a 7-6 (3), 7-5 win over BSU's Melissa Roach and topped BGSU's Devon Bissinger 6-1, 6-2. In doubles action, Richards and Dilley manufactured an 8-5 win against the Cardinals and an 8-2 triumph over the Falcons.
Northern Illinois' Karrie Tyioran (So., Oswego, Ill.) went undefeated on the week, winning in No.3 singles and No.3 doubles.. She has posted four consecutive singles victories to improve to 13-13 on the season. She has teamed with Tanja Sukovic to win eight straight doubles matches to improve her overall doubles mark to 19-7.
Toledo's Vivana Rivero (Fr., Santa Cruz, Bolivia) defeated Karen Maynard of UB at No.1 singles 6-1, 6-1. She also defeated Diana Serfini of UA at No.2 singles 6-1, 6-3. Rivero teamed with Monica Robero and won both their matches at No.1 doubles.