MAC Awards Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 2/4/2009


MAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

Ashley Moccia ? Western Michigan

Senior - Livonia, Mich. (Stevenson)

Ashley Moccia led Western Michigan to another program victory over a nationally-ranked team with a pair of come-from-behind victories over No. 56 South Alabama in the first round of the National Team Indoor Championships. In No. 2 doubles, Moccia and freshman partner Jenny Nalepa fought back from 4-1 down to win 8-6 and help WMU secure the doubles point. Moccia then came back after losing the first set to win 6-7 (11), 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 singles in the clinching match with the score tied at 3-3. With her wins, Moccia increased her career win total to 118 at WMU.


Additional Nominees


Zara Harutyunyan ? Akron

Freshman - Yerevan, Armenia (Yerevan Secondary School No. 134)

Harutyunyan, ranked 85th nationally and 11th in the Midwest region, remained perfect against singles and doubles dual competition this season (3-0 singles, 3-0 doubles), with a pair of victories on each side this past week versus Cincinnati and Xavier. Both her singles wins came in straight sets and she allowed her opponents to score a combined eight points. In doubles play, she teamed with sophomore Anna Baronayte to score an 8-5 and 8-2 victory. Harutyunyan is 20-3 in singles and 17-4 in doubles this season.


Karina Ahuja ? Eastern Michigan

Freshman - New Delhi, India

Freshman Karina Ahuja was perfect in the Eagles' two matches, going 4-0 in singles and doubles, propelling the team to a spotless 2-0 weekend mark, blanking Wright State 7-0, and edging Detroit 4-3. Her win at the No. 2 singles spot against Detroit defeating Zeljka Minic in two tough sets, 7-6, 7-5, gave the Eagles the necessary match win to best Detroit, after losing the doubles point to the Titans.


Monica Gorny ? Miami

Freshman ? South Africa

Won both of her matches against Kentucky opponents this week. She posted a 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) victory at No. 2 singles and teamed with Anastasia Dracheva for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles.


Kathryn Friedlund ? Northern Illinois

Sophomore ? Parkville, Mo. (Park Hill South)

Friedlund recorded wins over both Wisconsin and UW-Green Bay in the opening weekend of the Huskies' 2009 regular spring season.  Against the Badgers (Jan. 30), Friedlund teamed up with Emily Rogers at No. 3 doubles, and defeated UW's tandem. In Saturday's (Jan. 31) 6-1 win over Green Bay in Milwaukee, Friedlund took a break from doubles, but recorded a 6-2, 6-3 win at the No. 2 singles slot.  NIU (1-2) plays host to both Eastern Illinois and Southern Illinois this weekend.


Martina Wodzinski ? Toledo

Junior - Wayne, IL (Bartlett)

Martina Wodzinski went 2-2 over the weekend while playing in No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles. @ Detroit: #2 Wodzinski/Belsky (UT) def. Maricevic/Weldon (UDM), 8-3; Singles -  #1 Martina Wodzinski (UT) def. Annie Moore (UDM), 6-0, 6-3... @ Purdue: Singles -  #1 Stephanie Wooten (PUR) def. Martina Wodzinski (TOL), 7-6, 6-1; Doubles - #2 Martin/Rabot (PUR) def. Wodzinski/Belsky (TOL), 8-2



Previous Honorees

Jan. 20: Zara Harutyunyan ? Akron

Jan. 27: Maha Guirguis ? Toledo




Upcoming Schedule

February 3 ? Tuesday

IUPUI at Ball State, 1 p.m.


February 6 ? Friday

Eastern Michigan vs. East Tennessee State (at Wichita), 1 p.m.

Purdue at Western Michigan, 1 p.m.

Toledo at Michigan State, 2 p.m.


February 7 ? Saturday

Akron vs. IUPUI 9 a.m. (at Indianapolis)

Akron at Butler, 2 p.m.

Yale at Western Michigan 12 p.m.

Detroit at Western Michigan 6 p.m.

Xavier at Bowling Green, 1 p.m.

Eastern Michigan at Wichita State, 1 p.m.

Miami vs. Iowa 1 p.m. (at Minneapolis)

Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois, 1 p.m.

Manhattan at Buffalo, 2 p.m.


February 8 ? Sunday

Cincinnati at Bowling Green, 12 p.m.

Miami at Minnesota, 1 p.m.

Southern Illinois at Northern Illinois, 1 p.m.


Last Week’s Results

January 30 ? Friday

at Eastern Michigan 7, Wright State 0

at Wisconsin 7, Northern Illinois 0

at Cincinnati 5, Akron 2

Toledo 6, at Detroit 1


January 31 ? Saturday

at Boston College 6, Buffalo 1

at Eastern Michigan 4, Detroit 3

Western Michigan 4, South Alabama 3 (at Gainesville)


February 1 ? Sunday

at Brown 6, Buffalo 1

at Marquette 7, Northern Illinois 0

at Kentucky 5, Miami 2

Northern Illinois 6, at UW-Green Bay 1 (at Milwaukee),

at Purdue 7, Toledo 0

at Florida 4, Western Michigan 0