MAC Awards Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 2/6/2008

Women’s Tennis Player of the Week:

Noriko Saruta
Western Michigan
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


Other Nominations:


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.