MAC Announces Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 4/23/2008

Christine Chiricosta
Bowling Green
Freshman
Avon Lake, Ohio (Avon Lake)


Won at both singles and doubles in the Falcons' lone match of the weekend, vs. MAC champion Western Michigan ... downed WMU's Priyanka Parekh in straight sets at the #2 singles flight, losing a total of just six games (6-2, 6-4) ... Parekh, last week's MAC P-O-W, had entered the match with seven consecutive singles victories, and was 6-1 in the MAC before Saturday's loss at BG ... Chiricosta teamed with junior Kelsey Jakupcin for an 8-6 win over WMU's top doubles team ... on the year, has a team-leading 44 overall wins, tied for the sixth-highest total in school history ... is 21-7 in singles, and finished MAC regular-season play with a 5-3 mark at the #2 flight ... in doubles, has a 23-7 record to date ... she and Jakupcin went 5-3 in league regular-season doubles action ... her total of 23 doubles wins ties her for sixth on that single-season list.

Other Nominations:

 

Vanessa Frankowski, Eastern Michigan
Senior Vanessa Frankowski closed out the regular season on a six match singles winning streak, defeating both her Akron and Buffalo opponent. She defeated the Zips' Tanyaradzwa Gombera in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1 and defeated Buffalo's Andreea Novaceanu 7-5, 7-5. She was also perfect in doubles play to close out the season with wins against Akron and Buffalo. She teamed up with Tina Bestehorn for both doubles victories.

Jessica Azoulay, Toledo
Azoulay captured the lone singles win against Buffalo on Firday. After falling behind and losing the first set, Azoulay came back with the 6-0, 6-1 victory in the No. 6 singles spot. Azoulay had the 6-2, 6-2 win over Akron's Kerry Langworthy in the No. 6 spot on Saturday. With these two wins, Azoulay is 21-8 on the season and 11-3 in the No. 6 singles spot, she is currently working on a three-match winning streak.

Brintney Larson, Miami
Larson gave up just two combined points in singles and doubles play to help Miami to a 7-0 win against Northern Illinois in its lone match of the week playing at No. 1 singles as Anastasia Dracheva was sidelined due to illness, Larson dominated NIUs Nao Umermura 6-1, 6-0 the win improved Larson to 7-1 in singles action in MAC play teaming up with Kelly Douple for the first time this season, Larson and Douple produced an impressive 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles to help start things off for the RedHawks in the match against the Huskies finishing MAC play with a 7-1 mark, the RedHawks finished the season with their best league record since the 1998-99 team went 9-0 the 7-0 win against the Huskies marked the eighth win by that margin this season, the most by a Miami team since going to the seven-point scoring system Miami recorded three 7-0 wins in MAC play.

Emily Dudzik, Western Michigan

Sophomore Emily Dudzik won the clinching match at No. 4 singles 7-5, 6-1 over Jenna Nussbaum to give Western Michigan its fourth-straight undefeated Mid-American Conference regular season championship on its 34th consecutive regular season MAC victory. Dudzik's singles victory was even more impressive considering her match had to be halted because of weather and moved to a different location before she emerged victorious. She also teamed with Yumi Matsuto to win their ninth match in a row, 8-2. The sophomore duo finished the year undefeated (8-0) in the MAC and 14-4 in dual matches overall.