MAC Announces Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 4/28/2010


For Immediate Release-Tuesday, April 27, 2010

MAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Anya Baronayte, Akron - Junior, St. Petersburg, Russia

Junior Anya Baronayte posted a 4-0 combined record (2-0 in singles, 2-0 in doubles) last week, including a match-clinching 6-4, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles versus Western Michigan on Saturday as she rallied to win the last nine games of her match. Her performance helped Akron to its first-ever win over Western Michigan in 21 all-time meetings. Baronayte also posted a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win at No. 5 singles at Bowling Green on Friday, to go with a pair of 8-3 wins at No. 2 doubles over the two days. It was Akron's second-straight win over Bowling Green and its first road win versus the Falcons since April 24, 1993 (7-2). With her weekend showing, Baronayte became the fifth Zip this season to reach the 50-win combined singles and doubles plateau - a mark reached by only five other players since Akron obtained varsity status in 1977. She is 19-1 in singles dual matches and 16-3 in doubles dual competition this season.

Additional Nominees:

Maddy Eccleston, Bowling Green - Freshman, Toledo, Ohio (St. Ursula Academy High School)

Freshman Maddy Eccleston went 2-2 as the Falcons closed the regular season as she combined for an 8-3 win at #1 doubles with junior Christine Chiricosta against Akron on Friday, before losing her match at #5 singles (7-6 [6], 6-2).  On Saturday vs. Buffalo, Eccleston lost her doubles match (8-5), but gutted out a singles win over Buffalo's KIra Golenko (4-6, 6-2, 1-0 [10-8]) .  On the season, Eccleston is now 40-20 overall, ranking second on the Falcons in wins and is 18-13 in singles (tied for second on the team in singles wins) and 22-7 in doubles.

Diana Popescu, Buffalo - Junior

Junior Diana Popescu went 4-0 on the weekend winning both her doubles matches and two singles matches in straight sets.  Popescu capped off a perfect 8-0 conference mark in doubles with her win at Bowling Green, while she also won four of her final five matches in singles play.  She is currently 16-13 in singles and 20-11 overall in doubles.

Megan Martzolf, Miami - Junior, Indianapolis, Ind.

Junior Megan Martzolf completed an undefeated regular season (21-0) with a pair of wins over Eastern Michigan and Toledo.  Martzolf defeated Xu Chang 6-2, 7-5 on Friday and Ashley Frey 6-3, 6-0 on Saturday as the wins helped Miami to its 16th and 17th straight wins in conference play, giving the RedHawks back-to-back undefeated regular-season championships (8-0).  Martzolf combined with Stephanie Danesis for a pair of No. 1 doubles wins, as the duo defeated Julia Breuss and Miriam Westerink (9-7) and Martina Wodzinski and Maha Guirguis 9-8 (7-4), respectively, over the two days.

Ashley Frey, Toledo - Junior, Mentor, Ohio

Junior Ashley Frey went 3-1 over the weekend to help lead the Rockets to a split of their two matches. In Toledo's 7-0 victory over Ball State, Frey recorded a pair of victories, teaming with Nadia Zoubareva for an 8-1 win at second doubles before taking a 6-0, 6-2 decision at third singles. In Saturday's match with Miami, Frey and Zoubareva again emerged victorious with an 8-2 win at second doubles. For the season, Frey finished with a 6-2 record in MAC singles matches as well as 6-2 in doubles action.

Maggie Remynse, Western Michigan - Freshman, Richland, Mich. (Battle Creek Lakeview High School)

Freshman Maggie Remynse swept both of her singles matches for the Broncos against MAC preseason favorite and nationally-ranked Akron and Buffalo. Remynse increased her singles winning streak to six in a row to finish the year 6-1 in MAC singles. She started the weekend with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kira Golenko of the Bulls and then earned a come-from-behind victory over Prang Pantusart of Akron 6-7 (2), 6-1, 1-0 (8) after moving up in the lineup to No. 4.

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

March 31:             Maria Nivia - Western Michigan

April 7:                  Zara Harutyun - Akron

April 14:                Jill Pastunink - Western Michigan

April 21:                Angelina Jogasuria - Akron

April 27:                Anya Baronayte - Akron