MAC Announces Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 3/24/2010


For Immediate Release-Wednesday, March 24, 2010

MAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Denise Harijanto, Buffalo - Senior, Jakarta, Indonesia

Junior Denise Harijanto won both her singles and doubles match this past weekend against nationally-ranked Brown.  Harijanto teamed up with Aleksandra Petrova as the Bulls defeated the 71st ranked doubles team in the nation, 8-5.  Harijanto also won her match at first singles in straight sets against the sixth ranked player in the Northeast Region.  Harijanto is currently Buffalo's all-time leader in doubles victories.

Additional Nominees:

Zara Harutyunyan, Akron - Sophomore, Yerevan, Armenia

Sophomore Zara Harutyunyan led Akron to a 6-1 win over both Stetson and UCF last Wednesday and Friday, respectively, on the Zips' Spring Break trip to Central Florida. She closed the week with a 4-0 combined record (2-0 in singles, 2-0 in doubles), including a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles over UCF's Jenny Frisell - who is ranked 105th nationally. Harutyunyan is 11-0 in dual-match singles competition this season and her four victories last week moved her into 10th place all-time on Akron's career combined wins list, with 114. Her performance also helped the team continue its undefeated season (11-0) and earn its highest-ever national ranking of No. 66 on Tuesday.

Samantha Kintzel, Bowling Green - Senior, Libertyville, Ill. (Libertyville High School)

Senior Samantha Kintzel picked up wins in both singles and doubles as the Falcons gutted out a 4-3 win over Duquesne.  Kintzel teamed with freshman Katie Grubb for an 8-2 win at the third doubles flight and then rallied after losing the opening set by a 6-0 count to Samantha Noble.  Kintzel captured the second set by a 6-3 score, before winning the third set, 7-5, at the #3 flight.  Bowling Green has won four consecutive matches heading into the MAC schedule.  Kintzel is now 15-7 in singles play this year, including a 9-4 mark at the third flight in dual matches, and she has 25 overall wins this year.  Kintzel has won four consecutive singles matches and eight of her last 10 contests.  She is now 11th in Bowling Green history in career singles with 70 wins and she is 10th on the doubles wins list with 65, and has moved into ninth place on the overall victories list with 135 total wins in her Falcon career.

Megan Martzolf, Miami - Junior, Indianapolis, Ind.

Junior Megan Martzolf improved to 12-0 on the season with a pair of wins last week.  Martzolf defeated Georgia State's No. 3 singles player 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to give Miami a 4-3 victory over the Panthers, as the match was the last one to finishing, breaking a three-three tie.  On Sunday, she topped Christina Riley of UNC-Wilmington 6-2, 6-1 during a 5-2 loss to the Seahawks.  Martzolf went 1-1 with No. 1 doubles partner Stephanie Danesis as the duo defeated UNCW's tandem 8-4 after falling to GSU 8-6.

Ashley Frey, Toledo - Junior, Mentor, Ohio (Mentor High School)

Junior Ashley Frey went 2-0 as Toledo won its lone match of the week, defeating Dayton 5-0. The junior recorded a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 3 singles over Dayton junior Laina Grote, and teamed with Nadia Zoubareva to win an 8-3 decision at No. 2 doubles. Frey now has a 6-3 record at the third singles position and is 7-3 at No. 2 doubles with Zoubareva.

Maria Nivia, Western Michigan - Sophomore, Cali, Colombia

Sophomore Maria Nivia clinched Western Michigan's victory over Sam Houston State with a 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 victory at No. 5 singles over Nadia Dubyanskaya in the last match on the court. Nivia also teamed with Yumi Matsuto for a convincing 8-1 win at No. 3 singles over the Bearkats. Nivia and Matsuto also pushed the Owls' No. 3 team to the limit before falling in a tiebreaker at No. 44 Rice, 8-7 (5).

Previous Women's Tennis Players of the Week

January 28:          Angelina Jogasuria - Akron

February 3:           Katia Babina - Bowling Green

February 10:         Anya Baronayte - Akron

February 17:         Martina Wodzinski - Toledo

February 24:         Nadia Zoubareva - Toledo

March 3:               Katia Babina - Bowling Green

March 10:             Jeremie Benjamin - Akron

March 17:             Christine Chiricosta - Bowling Green

March 24:             Denise Harijanto - Buffalo