MAC Women’s Tennis Awards Announced
Toledo, Ohio -- The Mid-American Conference recognized its best performers with the announcement of the all-conference team and specialty award winners at tonight’s banquet at the 2007 MAC Women’s Tennis Championship Tournament banquet hosted by The University of Toledo.
League champion Western Michigan led the way in post season honors as Western Michigan head coach Betsy Kuhle was honored as the MAC Coach of the Year and three Bronco student-athletes were named All-MAC.
Kuhle won the award for a league record sixth time for leading the Broncos to an unblemished 8-0 league record. Kuhle previously was tabbed with the honor in 1985, 1990, 1997, 2004 and 2005. Kuhle and Beck Ruecker (1982) are WMU coaches to win the award.
Eastern Michigan’s Vanessa Frankowski, a senior from Stuttgart, Germany, garnered Player of the Year accolades for compiling a 7-1 MAC record at No. 1 singles and 6-2 record at No. 1 doubles for the Eagles. This marks the sixth time an EMU player has won player of the year (Jean Kansuthi in 1998 and 1999, Rebecca Hawkins, 2000; Lisa D’Amelio, 2002; Victoria Domina, 2004).
Toledo’s Martina Wodzinski capped her first season with the Rockets as the recipient of the Freshman of the Year honoree. Wodzinski, a graduate of Bartlett High School in Wayne, Ill., posted a 7-1 league record at No. 2 doubles and an overall 5-3 slate at doubles (0-1 at No. 1 and 5-2 at No. 2). She is the first UT player to win the award.
Katrin Fischer of The University at Buffalo, a senior from Ternitz, Austria,, was recognized with the Leann Grimes Davidge Sportsmanship Award. Voted on by the student-athletes, the award is presented to the player who has displayed outstanding sportsmanship in MAC competition. Fischer is the first UB recipient of the sportsmanship award.
The all-MAC team was led by five repeat selections from last year’s squad. Two first team selections from last year’s post season squad include Miglena Nenova of Buffalo and Carrie Jeanmaire from Western Michigan. Ashley Jakupcin from Bowling Green and Toledo’s Myriam Cueva, both second team honorees last year, were also tabbed on the first team this season. Player of the Year Vanessa Frankowski of Eastern Michigan and 2006 Freshman of the Year Kerstin Pahl of Western Michigan round out the six-member first team.
Andreea Novaceanu of Buffalo is the lone second team member who also honored last year (first-team). Yana Parfenyuk of Eastern Michigan and Priyanka Parekh of Western Michigan - as well as freshmen Sophie Quist of Ball State, Denise Harijanto of Buffalo and Frosh of the Year Martina Wodzinski of Toledo complete the second team.
The 2007 MAC Women’s Tennis Championship, which began with first round matches today, will conclude Sunday at 1 p.m. Western Michigan is the defending tournament champion.