Final Tennis Player of the Week Announced

Updated 4/23/2002

April 23, 2002

Marshall's Jessica Johnson (So. Swickley, Pa.) went 2-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles. Johnson defeated, one-time player of the week Larissa Chinwah of WMU. Overall, Johnson is 14-9 and 6-2 in MAC singles and in doubles is 20-3 and 8-0 in 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. This year, Johnson has defeated four people with current ITA ranking and she has also defeated two that were ranked when she beat them.

Other Nominees

Akron's Irina Strembitsky (So., Solon, Ohio) defeated Devon Bissinger (BGSU) 6-1, 6-0 at No.1 singles. She was the lone winner for Akron against the Falcons. Strembitsky dropped a close match to Melissa Roach (BSU) and lost 10-8 in the tiebreaker set.

Ball State's Melissa Roach (So., Hull, England) was perfect in both singles and doubles as BSU closed out its regular season with back-to-back sweeps of Akron and Buffalo. Roach handed one of the leagues' top No.1 players Irina Strembitsky (Akron) a 6-2, 2-6 (10-8) defeat and then coasted to a 6-0, 6-2 decision over Karen Maynard (UB) Saturday. She also combined with Abby Hodge for an 8-2 victory over Akron's No.1 doubles team and an 8-0 victory over UB's No.1 doubles team.

Bowling Green's Lisa Maloney (So., South Barrington, Ill.) was a perfect 4-0 as the Falcons won both matches last week. She lost a total of just four games in two matched at the No.2 singles flight, downing UB's Michaela Kollarova (6-2, 6-0) and Akron's Jennifer Miller (6-2, 6-0) by identical scores. In doubles, she teaed with Jessica Johnson for an 8-1 win at UB and an 8-2 win the next day, both at the No.3 flight. She lost a total of only seven games on the entire week.

Eastern Michigan's Rebecca Hawkins (Jr., Gosford, NSW, Australia) continued her strong play for EMU this week, remaining undefeated in singles conference play. She defeated Monica Ribero at No.1 singles and teamed with Lisa D'Amelio to defeat Ribero and Vivana Rivero at No.1 doubles. Hawkins has had another outstanding season, posting a 29-9 overall record in singles, going 34-4 in doubles with D'Amelio, and earning the No.1 spot on EMU's squad for the third consecutive season.

Miami's Erica Echko (Sr., Dayton, Ohio) went 2-0 in doubles play, the only RedHawk to win both singles matches this weekend. She topped NIU's Kris Teidt, 6-0, 6-1 at No.5 singles on Friday and WMU's Nikki Douglas, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 4 singles on Saturday. Echko improves to 7-2 in MAC action and 15-7 overall, the best record of any RedHawk. In MAC play, she is 2-1 at No.4 singles and 5-1 at the No. 5 spot.

Toledo's Marivi Cuartin (Jr., Puerto la Cruz, Venezula) defeated Shari Garnarink of EMU at no.5 singles 6-4, 6-4.

Western Michigan's Frederika Girsang (So., Jakarta, Indonesia) went 3-1 overall in two MAC contests last week. She won the No.2 match over defending MAC Player of the Year Anna Mitina of Marshall 7-6, 6-4. She then won the No.1 doubles match with Larissa Chinwah against Kadija Richards and Catherine dilley of Miami 9-8 (7). Girsang then won the No.2 singles match 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (11) over Megan Zimpfer of Miami.