Top MAC Women's Tennis Player Competes in NCAA Tournament
story courtesy of EMU athletic media relations
ATHENS, Ga.- Eastern Michigan University women's tennis player Vanessa Frankowski (Stuttgart, Germany-Albertus Magus Gymnasium) was eliminated from the 2007 NCAA Tennis Championships today, May 23, by Celia Durkin (Stanford) 6-4, 7-6 here at Henry Feild Stadium at the University of Georgia.
Frankowski, currently ranked No. 99 in the latest FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings, faced Celia Durkin (Stanford), a 9-16 seed, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, dropping a hard fought match 6-4, 7-6.
"This was a close match, where Vanessa had opportunities to win. Unfortunately, she did not play her best today, however she should be very proud of the season she compiled," said first-year head coach Ryan Ray. "I think she represented the program and university well against Stanford, who is the best program in the nation."
Durkin entered the tournament with a 27-11 overall record and a national ranking of No. 14. She will face Shadisha Robinson (South Florida) in second round action.
The 2007 Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Year was awarded the MAC automatic bid into the tournament after posting a 7-1 conference record. She was selected MAC Player of the Week in early March for her stellar play in three matches in the sunshine state of Florida. Over the course of those matches Frankowski did not drop a set.
Frankowski, who finished the year with a 28-7 (7-1 MAC) mark, will return next season to lead the Eagles and defend her MAC Player of the Year award.