Miami Wins Women's Tennis Championship

Updated 5/2/2010

Story courtesy of Miami Sports Information

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Miami posted straight-set victories in the top three flights Sunday to capture its second straight Mid-American Conference Tennis Championship, 4-1 over No. 3-seed and host Western Michigan. With the win, the RedHawks earn their second straight -- and second all-time -- NCAA Tournament berth.

While the doubles matches were a battle to the finish, Miami's singles wins were relatively easy. Miami jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a doubles win. The point came down to Cara Wald and Riekie Honiball (No. 2) after the teams split the first two matches. Wald was broken to start the match, allowing Yumi Matsuto and Maria Nivia to open a 2-0 lead. But after each team held serve to make the score 3-1, the RedHawks won the next five games to open a 6-3 lead. Included in the run was a huge break at 4-3 to continue the momentum and Wald immediately holding for a three-game cushion. Miami broke the Broncos again to take the 8-4 win.

Miami (18-6) won the No. 1 match 8-3, but Western Michigan responded with an 8-5 victory at No. 3. Stephanie Danesis and Megan Martzolf broke a 2-2 tie with wins in five straight games to seize control over WMU's Emily Dudzik and Jill Pastunink. Anastasia Dracheva and Sydnee Bridger suffered an early break and never recovered in their match.

Miami jumped out to a 2-0 lead when Martzolf defeated Matsuto 6-4, 6-0, improving her No. 3 singles record to 23-0 this spring. The margin increased to 3-0 when Danesis swept Amanda Moccia 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2. Western Michigan (16-11) gained its point at No. 6 singles when Jill Pastunink topped Bridger 6-2, 6-3.

But the RedHawks were on the verge of back-to-back titles as Dracheva opened a 7-5, 4-0 lead. After dropping the next game to Dudzik, Dracheva broke serve and held her own to lead Miami to the title, 6-1 in the second set.

"It was an amazing performance from this team," Interim Head Coach Ricky Rosas Said. "I am so proud of them. There are not enough words to show the heart this team has shown the whole year."

Miami will find out its NCAA Tournament destination on Tuesday. The announcement will be made from 5 to 6 p.m. on ESPNews.

#1 Miami 4, #3 Western Michigan 1
May 2, 2010 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)

Singles competition

1. Anastasia Dracheva (MIAMI) def. Emily Dudzik (WMU) 7-5, 6-1

2. Stephanie Danesis (MIAMI) def. Amanda Moccia (WMU) 6-0, 6-0

3. Megan Martzolf (MIAMI) def. Yumi Matsuto (WMU) 6-4, 6-0

4. Maggie Remynse (WMU) led Riekie Honiball (MIAMI) 6-4, 5-4, unfinished

5. Maria Nivia (WMU) led Cara Wald (MIAMI) 7-6 (7-2), unfinished

6. Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Sydnee Bridger (MIAMI) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Stephanie Danesis/Megan Martzolf (MIAMI) def. Emily Dudzik/Jill Pastunink (WMU) 8-3

2. Riekie Honiball/Cara Wald (MIAMI) def. Yumi Matsuto/Maria Nivia (WMU) 8-4

3. April Kerr/Amanda Moccia (WMU) def. Sydnee Bridger/Anastasia Dracheva (MIAMI) 8-5

Match Notes

#1 Miami 18-6

#3 Western Michigan 16-11

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,6,1)

2010 Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Championship

Winner advances to NCAA Championships


Tournament Schedule:

Thursday, April 29

1:00 p.m.  No. 8 Ball State vs. No. 9 Northern Illinois (Ball State W)

Friday, April 30

10:00 a.m.  No. 1 Miami vs. No. 8 Ball State (Miami W)

10:00 a.m.  No. 4 Toledo vs. No. 5 Buffalo (Buffalo W)

2:00 p.m.  No. 3 Western Michigan vs. No. 6 Eastern Michigan (Western Michigan W)

2:00 p.m.  No. 2 Akron vs. No. 7 Bowling Green (Akron W)

Saturday, May 1

10:00 a.m.  No. 1 Miami vs. No. 5 Buffalo (Miami W)

2:00 p.m.  No. 3 Western Michigan vs. No. 2 Akron (Western Michigan W)

Sunday, May 2

Noon  MAC Championship -- No. 3 Western Michigan vs. No. 1 Miami (Miami W)


MAC All-Tournament Team

Denise Harijanto - Buffalo

Prang Pantusart - Akron

Maria Nivia - Western Michigan

Yumi Matsuto - Western Michigan

Stephanie Danesis - Miami

Anastasia Dracheva - Miami (MVP)