MAC Names Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 2/16/2011


For Immediate Release-Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011

MAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Kelsey Anonsen, Toledo - Junior, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Toledo junior Kelsey Anonsen posted a perfect weekend for the Rockets as they stretched their match-win streak to four. On Friday against Wright State, Anonsen and partner Alex Cristello swiftly dealt an 8-1 defeat to Wright State's Hines and Nini in the No. 2 slot. She then beat Nini head-to-head, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles to help secure the 6-1 victory. On Sunday against Detroit Mercy, Anonsen again helped the Rockets to a dominant performance, registering an 8-3 doubles win with Cristello at No. 2 and a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 3 singles as the Rockets swept the Titans 7-0.

Additional Nominees:

Nikki Chiricosta, Bowling Green - Freshman, Avon Lake, Ohio (Avon Lake High School)

Bowling Green freshman Nikki Chiricosta won at both singles and doubles as the Falcons won the lone match of the week, with a 5-2 victory at IPFW. Chiricosta lost only one game in her victory at the third singles flight, and teamed with fellow freshman Emily Reuland for an 8-5 win at the second doubles flight. On the year, Chiricosta leads the team in wins and has an overall record of 33-10. Chiricosta also leads the Falcons with 18 singles wins (18-4 this year to date), and is 15-6 in doubles, tying for the Bowling Green lead in doubles victories.

Kira Golenko, Buffalo - Sophomore, Riga, Latvia

Buffalo sophomore Kira Golenko picked up Buffalo's lone singles victory against Syracuse last Saturday afternoon, winning at fourth singles.  Golenko scored a 7-6, 3-6, 10-7 victory over Aleah Marrow and now holds a 6-2 singles record this season, tied for the most victories on the team.

Anastasia Dracheva, Miami - Senior, Moscow, Russia

Miami senior Anastasia Dracheva swept a pair of singles matches, while splitting two doubles ties last weekend.  Dracheva earned Miami's only point in a 6-1 loss at Michigan State last Sunday as she defeated Valentia Rusakova 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2.  Dracheva teamed with Cara Wald for the first time this season in doubles as the No. 2 duo hung tough against the Spartans before falling 8-5.  Dracheva followed that with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Detroit's Elena Strakhova later that evening and once again teamed with Wald for a 8-5 win in doubles over Detroit.

Nini Sujashvilli, Western Michigan - Freshman, Tbilisi, Georgia

Western Michigan freshman Nini Sujashvilli went 2-2 on the week, winning both in singles and doubles play against Iowa State, before falling in a pair against Marquette. She as part of both Western Michigan's wins against Iowa State, teaming up with Maria Nivia at No. 3 doubles and posting an 8-5 victory over Jenna Langhorst and Liza Wischer. Sujashvili then defeated Langhorst at No. 5 singles, 6-1, 6-4. She was narrowly edged out at No. 4 singles against Marquette's Gillian Hush 6-7 (9), 6-3, 6-2 and lost in extra play in doubles as well, 9-7.

Previous Honorees:

Jan. 26:   Anastasia Dracheva, Miami

Feb. 2:    Christine Chiricosta, Bowling Green

Feb. 9:    Maggie Remynse, Western Michigan