MAC Announces Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 3/31/2010


For Immediate Release-Wednesday, March 31, 2010

MAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Maria Nivia, Western Michigan - Sophomore, Cali, Colombia

Sophomore Maria Nivia led the Broncos by winning all four of her matches in the opening weekend of conference play. Nivia started the weekend by sweeping her matches against defending MAC champion Miami with an 8-7 (8) victory with Yumi Matsuto in doubles and a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 5 singles over Cara Wald. Nivia came back against the Cardinals and won 8-2 in doubles with April Kerr and moved up to No. 4 singles to defeat Kylee Johnson 6-2, 6-1. Nivia leads the Broncos with nine dual match singles wins and is 6-1 in dual doubles.

Additional Nominees:

Prang Pantusart, Akron - Freshman, Amphur Muang, Nonthaburi, Thailand

Freshman Prang Pantusart won both the deciding doubles and singles match in Akron's 6-1 win over Buffalo last Saturday, improving the Zips' record to 12-0 and earning them their first win over the Bulls in seven tries. She teamed with Angelika Jogasuria at No. 1 doubles, where the pair scored an 8-6 win after being tied 6-6, to claim the doubles point for Akron in its 11th-straight outing. That doubles victory came against the Buffalo duo of Denise Harijianto and Aleksandra Petrova, who had defeated the 71st-ranked doubles pair the week prior versus Brown. Pantusart's 6-4, 6-2 victory at No. 4 singles clinched the deciding match point and helped the Zips remain the only undefeated Division I squad in the nation. Pantusart is 24-7 in singles and 20-9 in doubles in 2009-10.

Christine Chiricosta, Bowling Green - Junior, Avon Lake, Ohio (Avon Lake High School)

Junior Christine Chiricosta went 3-1 as the Falcons split a pair of matches on the road to open the MAC schedule.  Chiricosta won both of her singles matches in straight sets at the top flight, downing Ball State's Hayley Hall (7-5, 6-3) and Miami's Anastasia Dracheva (6-3, 6-2).  She teamed with freshman Maddy Eccleston in top-flight doubles action, winning an 8-2 decision at Ball State before losing a narrow 8-6 match at Miami.  On the year, Chiricosta is now a team-leading 19-5 in singles, including a 12-3 record in duals, and has teamed with Eccleston to go 11-4 in dual-match doubles.  Chiricosta leads the Falcons with a 35-12 overall record this season.  Just a junior, Chiricosta already ranks 18th on the Bowling Green career wins list, with 120 combined victories, and has 61 singles wins to rank 17th in school annals.  Her 59 doubles victories, is tied for 14th on Bowling Green annals.

Sara McLaughlin, Northern Illinois - Sophomore, Moline, Ill.

Sophomore Sara McLaughlin was 2-0 at No. 4 singles against Toledo and Eastern Michigan last week.  She defeated Toledo's Nadia Zoubareva 7-6, 7-5 last Friday and she also defeated Eastern Michigan's Georgia de'Lisle-Tarr 7-6, 7-5 in Northern Illinois' 5-2 victory over Eastern Michigan last Saturday.  McLaughlin  ranks second on Northern Illinois with 7 singles wins, and has won 5 out of 6 matches at No. 4 singles overall.

Ashley Frey, Toledo - Junior, Mentor, Ohio (Mentor High School)

Junior Ashley Frey breezed her way to two victories as she helped guide Toledo to a 6-1 win over Northern Illinois in the Rockets MAC opener. The junior recorded a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles over Brittni Fausett, who entered with a four-match winning streak. Earlier, Frey teamed with senior Nadia Zoubareva to earn an 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles. Frey now owns a 7-3 mark at No. 3 singles this spring and an 8-3 ledger at No. 2 doubles with Zoubareva, as the duo has now won five-consecutive matches.

Previous Women's Tennis Players of the Week

January 28:          Angelina Jogasuria - Akron

February 3:           Katia Babina - Bowling Green

February 10:         Anya Baronayte - Akron

February 17:         Martina Wodzinski - Toledo

February 24:         Nadia Zoubareva - Toledo

March 3:               Katia Babina - Bowling Green

March 10:             Jeremie Benjamin - Akron

March 17:             Christine Chiricosta - Bowling Green

March 24:             Denise Harijanto - Buffalo

March 31:             Maria Nivia - Western Michigan