MAC Announces Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 3/26/2008

Kerstin Pahl
Western Michigan
Junior ● Kiel, Germany (Heinrich-Heine)

Kerstin Pahl helped lead Western Michigan to a perfect start in MAC play with a pair of road victories at Toledo and Eastern Michigan that pushed WMU's streak to 28 consecutive regular season conference victories. With three wins last week all at the top spot in singles and doubles, Pahl moved into 25th place all-time at WMU with 149 career wins. Pahl's week was highlighted by picking up a pair of victories against the reigning 2007 MAC Player of the Year, Vanessa Frankowski of Eastern Michigan. Pahl and Priyanka Parekh defeated Frankowski and Christina Bestehorn 8-2 at No. 1 doubles and then Pahl defeated her 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Pahl also notched a 6-4, 6-3 win over Martina Wodzinski at No. 1 singles against Toledo.


Other Nominations:


Samantha Kintzel, Bowling Green
Was a perfect 4-0 on the week ... won at the fourth singles flight and the third doubles flight against both Eastern Michigan and Toledo ... at EMU, teamed with fellow sophomore Katia Babina for a 9-8 doubles win ... then, swept Eastern's Catharina Bestehorn by identical 6-3 scores in singles action ... the next day, teamed with Babina for an 8-4 doubles win, then swept UT's Jenny Belsky in singles play ... has won 12 consecutive matches since her last loss, vs. Duquesne in singles play way back on Feb. 16 ... has captured six-straight singles matches since that DU dual, and has won 11 consecutive doubles matches, teaming with Babina for all 11, since the duo's last loss (Jan. 20 vs. Butler) ... on the year, has a team-best 38-9 record, having gone 17-5 in singles and 21-4 in doubles to date ... just a sophomore, has 75 combined career wins to move within striking distance of the school's top-20 list.


Aleksandra Stankovic, Eastern Michigan
Stankovic went 3-1 in singles and doubles over the weekend as the team defeated nationally ranked Bowling Green and lost to Western Michigan. Versus BGSU, she teamed up with Sandra Wikstrom and recorded the only doubles win for the Eagles, defeating Jenna Nussbaum/Andrea Volle 8-5. In singles, she defeated Stef Menoff in two sets, both by a score of 6-3. Versus the Broncos, she recorded one of only two wins for the Eagles, defeating Ashley Moccia, 6-4, 6-3.

Cara Wald, Miami
Wald went 2-0 in Miami’s lone match of the week as the RedHawks opened up Mid-American Conference play with a dominant 7-0 win at Ball State ... it is the sixth 7-0 win for Miami this season, equaling the most 7-0 victories since 2003-04 ... Wald put together Miami’s most-lopsided win with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph at No. 4 singles against Ball State’s Emma Retter ... her 6-0 win in the second set was the only 6-0 set of the match ... Wald teamed up with freshman Megan Martzolf at No. 2 singles to hammer out an 8-3 win against the Cardinals, again Miami’s most-lopsided win in doubles play ... Wald moved to 8-4 on the season, including 2-0 at No. 4 singles.


Nadia Zoubareva, Toledo
Zoubareva sealed the match for the Rockets against Bowling Green going into a tiebreaker at the No. 5 spot and winning 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4). In doubles, she partnered with Ashley Frey for the fourth time this season winning 8-2 at the No. 2 spot. Zoubareva was one of three matches to win against Western Michigan, defeating the Broncos Ashley Moccia, 6-4, 6-1.

Andreea Novaceanu, Buffalo

Novaceanu helped UB to a 7-0 victory at Northern Illinois in their MAC opener.  Novaceanu played at number one singles for the Bulls and defeated Nao Umemura, 6-3, 6-1.  In doubles player, Novaceanu teamed Up with Tina Jacob for an 8-2 victory.  Novaceanu, who is UB's all-time leader in singles victories is 15-7 on the year.