Tennis Falcons Named an ITA All-Academic Team for 2007-08

Updated 8/18/2008

Story courtesy of Bowling Green State University athletic media relations

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (BGSUFalcons.com) - The Bowling Green State University tennis team was well represented as the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its academic awards for the 2007-08 academic year. BGSU has been named an All-Academic Team, and four Falcons have been named ITA Scholar Athletes.

Christine Chiricosta, Kelsey Jakupcin, Stefanie Menoff and Andrea Volle all earned the individual Scholar Athlete awards for the Falcons of head coach Penny Dean. Volle was a senior on the 2007-08 team, while Jakupcin and Menoff were juniors. Chiricosta was a freshman in 2007-08.  

The ITA, the governing body of collegiate tennis, bestows its academic awards on deserving teams and student-athletes for men and women at all collegiate levels - NCAA Divisions I, II, III, NAIA and junior colleges. The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2007 and spring 2008).  

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria:
- be a varsity letterwinner,
- have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and
- have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).

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Volle, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio (Princeton HS), ended her career as one-half of the winningest class in the history of the BGSU women's tennis program. The Falcons won 55 dual matches, the most victories in a four-year span in program history, after Volle and classmate Jenna Nussbaum arrived on campus. That duo also became only the third class in BG women's tennis annals to post a winning dual-match record in all four seasons.

Individually, Volle posted a total of 103 career wins in the Brown and Orange, with a career singles mark of 43-39 and a doubles record of 60-52. She ended her career ranked 10th in school history in doubles wins, and is 19th on the combined career wins chart. 
 

A team co-captain in 2007-08, Volle had an overall record of 36-23 on the year, going 16-9 in singles and 20-14 in doubles. She set career bests in singles, doubles and overall wins. Volle's singles record included a 9-6 mark in dual matches, and she was 6-1 in dual-match play at the fifth flight. In doubles action, Volle teamed with Nussbaum for a 14-6 mark at the second flight in dual-match action. That duo was 5-3 in the MAC, and put together winning streaks of six matches and five matches during dual play.  

Jakupcin, a native of Dublin, Ohio (Bishop Watterson HS), was an All-MAC First-Team selection, and also was named to the Academic All-MAC Team. She made a smooth transition to the top singles flight in 2007-08, to say the least. The junior had an overall singles record of 17-11 on the year, including a 14-6 dual-match mark at the #1 flight. She was 4-4 in the MAC during the regular season.  

In doubles action, Jakupcin teamed with Chiricosta for a 15-6 record in dual play, also at the top flight. That duo went 5-3 in MAC regular-season action.  

On the year, Jakupcin had an overall record of 39-22, including a 22-11 slate in doubles. She was named the MAC Player of the Week twice this season, earning the honor on both Jan. 23 and Feb. 13. Additionally, Jakupcin was named the MAC's Scholar-Athlete of the Week on April 3. In the fall, she was the lone BG player to represent the Falcons in both singles and doubles at the ITA/Wilson Midwest Regional in Ann Arbor. She won her first match in the singles qualifying round that weekend.  

In just three seasons with the Falcon program, Jakupcin -- BG's active career wins leader among 2007-08 team members -- has a total of 110 wins. She concluded the '07-08 campaign with a stellar singles record of 56-30, including a 15-10 record in MAC matches. Jakupcin will take a 54-40 doubles mark into her senior season. She already ranks 15th on the BGSU career list for overall wins, and is tied for 15th in singles wins. Jakupcin is deadlocked for 14th on the doubles wins list entering her senior year.  

Menoff, a native of Naperville, Ill. (Neuqua Valley HS), had a stellar overall record of 35-12 on the year, and joined Jakupcin on the Academic All-MAC squad. Menoff finished with a 20-6 singles mark, leading the Falcons in singles winning pct. and ranking second on the team in singles victories.  

Menoff went 15-6 in doubles on the year. She was 13-4 in dual-match singles play, including a 7-0 mark at the sixth flight and a 4-2 ledger in MAC singles action. In doubles play, the junior was 3-2 in the dual-match portion of the schedule.  

Menoff had a lengthy winning streak during the season, capturing 13 consecutive matches (eight singles, five doubles) from Jan. 13 to March 4. That came on the heels of a fall campaign in which she posted an overall record of 12-4.  

After three seasons in the Brown and Orange, Menoff has one of the best singles records in school history. Her 61-16 mark includes a 15-3 MAC record. Menoff has gone 33-24 in doubles action, giving her 94 total wins in her first three years. Her total of 61 singles wins is tops among active Falcons, and ranks 13th on the BGSU career singles wins list. Menoff is 20th on the school's combined career list.  

Chiricosta, from Avon Lake, Ohio (Avon Lake HS), was an All-MAC Second-Team selection in her freshman season. Playing at the second singles flight and the top doubles flight, she led the team in singles wins and overall victories. Chiricosta had an overall record of 46-15, going 22-7 in singles play and 24-8 in doubles action.  

Chiricosta, named the MAC Player of the Week on April 23, finished MAC regular-season action with a 5-3 mark in singles, and teamed with Jakupcin for a 5-3 doubles record. She played solely at the second singles flight in dual-match action, and went 15-5. In doubles, Chiricosta and Jakupcin went 17-6 overall, including 15-6 in duals, at the number-one flight.  

She closed the season in style, ending the regular season with wins in both singles and doubles vs. MAC regular-season champion Western Michigan. Then, she won at both singles and doubles vs. Eastern Michigan in the quarterfinal round of the MAC Championships, avenging a regular-season loss with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 decision in singles.  

Chiricosta posted an overall record of 12-3 during the fall. She began the fall season by winning the first six matches of her collegiate singles career, and by going a perfect 6-0 in her first weekend to win flight titles in both singles and doubles at the BGSU Invitational. She capped the fall portion of the schedule by representing the Falcons at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional in Ann Arbor, winning her first-round qualifying singles match before falling in the second round.

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The Falcons posted an overall dual-match mark of 16-5 in 2007-08, tying the school record for wins in a season. Six of the eight letterwinners from that team are slated to return in 2008-09.