MAC Annouces Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 3/5/2008


Smaranda Stan




Stan won both of her singles matches this past weekend against some of the East's top competition.  Stan won her singles match against Temple and then against Army moved up to third singles where she won, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.  Stan and doubles partner Diana Toia moved up to number doubles against Army and won their match, 8-6.  Stan is currently second on the team in singles wins as she is 15-2 on the year.


Other Nominations:


Leda Pesatova, Miami
Pesatova provided Miami’s lone point in a 6-1 loss at No. 25 Virginia Commonwealth ... she defeated Olena Leonshuk at No. 3 singles 6-4, 6-4 ... Pesatova teamed up with fellow senior Kelly Douple at No. 3 doubles to post Miami’s lone doubles win against Maryland, 8-4.


Noriko Saruta, Western Michigan
Senior Noriko Saruta went 2-2 against nationally-ranked Boise State and New Mexico. She picked up the Broncos' only singles win of the weekend with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 3 against Boise State. She also won at No. 2 doubles against the Broncos. With her two wins, Saruta moved into a tie for third all-time at WMU with 195 career wins.


Hayley Hall, Ball State
Hall went undefeated in singles play (2-0) over the weekend helping the Cardinals win back-to-back victories to extend their win streak to three improving the team's overall record to 6-3. Hall No. 5 singles victory over Ekin Zafir helped the Cardinals defeat the Tigers by a score of 4-3. Hall won the match easily, 6-1, 6-0. Against Tennessee Tech Ball State came from behind after losing the doubles point with the help of Hall's 6-0, 6-0 No. 4 singles win against Katie Barnhill. BSU won the match 4-3.


Nao Umemura, Northern Illinois
Against Western Illinois Nao Umemura def. Kate Kennedy 6-0, 6-0 in singles, and in double won defeated Meinert/Clark 9-7


Aditi Krishnan, Eastern Michigan
Versus Loyola Marymount, she was perfect, going 2-0 in singles and doubles. She defeated Tamara Tanner (LMU) in a three set thriller, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, and then teamed up with teammate Joanna Woo to defeat Shauna Morgan/Audrey Bulkley (LMU) 9-7.