MAC Announces Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 4/2/2008

Women’s Tennis Player of the Week


Anastasia Dracheva
Miami University

Dracheva went 2-0 in singles action to remain undefeated in dual match play and to spearhead Miami to its best Mid-American Conference start since 1998-99 Dracheva pounded out a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles against Akrons Tanyaradzwa Gombera and teamed up with Brintney Larson at No. 1 doubles to produce an 8-2 win against the Zips as Miami recorded its seventh 7-0 win of the season, the most by that margin by a Miami team since going to the seven-point format it also was the second straight 7-0 win for the RedHawks, who had also defeated Ball State by that score a week earlier to open MAC play Dracheva pulled out a three-set (6-4, 2-6, 6-2) win against Buffalos Andreea Novaceanu to push her singles record to 10-0 all coming at No. 1 singles the 5-2 win at Buffalo snapped a three-match losing skid in the all-time series to the Bulls Miami is 3-0 to start the league season with all three of its wins coming on the road.


Other Nominations:


Christine Chiricosta, Bowling Green

Won at both singles and doubles as the Falcons swept Northern Illinois, 7-0, in the team's lone match of the week ... downed NIU's Lilian Asuaje in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) at the second singles flight ... teamed with junior Kelsey Jakupcin for an 8-5 win at the number-one doubles flight ... now has a total of 38 wins this year, ranking second on the team ... her 18-5 singles mark ties her for the team's best, and includes an 11-3 record at the second flight in dual-match action ... has an overall record of 20-5 in doubles, including a 13-3 mark with Jakupcin ... that team is 11-3 at the #1 flight in dual play ... with an overall record of 38-10, has the second-best winning percentage on the team ... the Falcons are 12-2 overall.


Vanessa Frankowski, Eastern Michigan
Senior Vanessa Frankowski won at No. 1 singles against Toledo. She defeated Martina Wodzinski in three sets, 6-1,4-6,10-8.


Ashley Frey, Toledo
Frey went 2-0 in the match vs. EMU and helped the Rockets to the 5-2 win. She partnered with Maha Guirguis for the 8-4 win in doubles and only allowed her opponent to win one game in singles. Frey has the best singles record on the team at 22-5, she also has a 23-6 doubles record, which is second on the team.

Denise Harijanto, Buffalo

Harijanto won all four of her matches over the weekend, playing at first doubles with Diana Popescu. The two combined for an 8-5 win over BallState's number one pair and an 8-3 victory over the number one duo from Miami (OH). In singles play, Harijanto played in the third spot in the UB lineup and defeated Ball State's Haly Calderwood, 6-1, 6-4 and beat Miami's Leda Pesatova, 6-4, 7-6 (6). Harijanto has a 16-7 mark in singles on the year and a 15-4 doubles record.


Priyanka Parekh, Western Michigan
Priyanka Parekh won both of her matches at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles to lead Western Michigan past Northern Illinois, 7-0, in the Broncos lone match of the week. Parekh and Kerstin Pahl won 8-2 in the first match off at No. 1 doubles and Parekh defeated Lilian Asuaje 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles in the second match off the court. Parekh is on the verge of the WMU career top-10 with 174 victories (tied for 11th).