Women’s Tennis Player of the Week:
Yamaguchi-ken, Japan (Shukugawa)
Noriko Saruta went 3-1 for Western Michigan in a pair of matches against Marquette and No. 59 DePaul last weekend. Saruta started the weekend by winning at No. 3 doubles and No. 3 singles in the Broncos' comeback from 3-0 down to defeat the Golden Eagles, 4-3. She then came back and defeated the No. 13 team in the Midwest Region from DePaul at No. 1 doubles. Saruta finished the week with 101 doubles victories, making her only the third player in WMU school history with 100 or more doubles
Vanessa Frankowski, Eastern Michigan
Frankowski defeated Xavier's Kara Courtney, 7-5,6-1. Her overall record imporved to 2-1.
Amy Sherlock, Akron
Sherlock earned a pair of singles victories and went 1-1 at doubles play over the weekend. Included in her win total was her first career victory at No. 1 singles ? playing at the position for the first time on Sunday versus Detroit. The win also came in somewhat dramatic fashion, as she lost the first set 2-6 and then rallied to post 7-6 (4), 10-1 scores to earn the decision
Cara Wald, Miami University
Wald was a key part of Miami’s third consecutive sweep as the RedHawks blanked Cincinnati 7-0 in their lone outing of the week ... Wald dominated UC’s Ashley Hale at No. 6 singles, producing the RedHawks’ most lopsided wins of the day by pummeling Hale 6-0, 6-0 ... she got the match started by teaming up with Brintney Larson at No. 1 doubles to crush UC’s doubles tandem, 8-2, again Miami’s most lop-sided performance of the day ... Wald and Larson moved to 3-0 at No. 1 doubles, while Wald improved to 3-1 on the season in singles action, winning her third straight.
Andreea Novaceanu, Buffalo
Novaceanu took her match at first singles over Niagara's Rquel Solis, 6-1,6-0. Her victory helped the Bulls gain a 7-0 win over the Purple Eagles. Novaceanu, who is the 21st ranked player in the East according to the ITA and Fila, is already UB's all-time wins leader in singles play.
Jenny Belsky, Toledo
Went 2-0 against Detroit and 1-1 against Xavier. Beat Aneta Maricevic 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 in a tiebreaker and then teamed with sophomore Nadia Zoubareva to win 8-1. Was one of two Rockets to win their singles matches. Defeated Treece 6-4, 6-2. Is currently 4-0 in singles this spring at the No. 3 spot and 3-1 when paired with Nadia.