CLEVELAND, OH? Western Michigan’s Kerstin Pahl (tennis) was named the MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week on April 2, 2009.
Pahl (Sr., 3.75, business, Kiel, Germany) moved up to No. 2 and won going away, 8-3, in a match against Toledo on Saturday, to remain undefeated at 13-0 this season. Pahl took possession of another WMU school record with her 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 1. The win was the 110th singles victory of her career, tying Sue Weigand's (1981-84) school record that has stood for 25 years. The win was also the 223rd overall victory of her career as this weekend Pahl became only the third player in MAC history to surpass 220 career wins.
The MAC Scholar Athlete of the Week honor is presented to a MAC male and female student-athlete who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and performs well during that week's competition. The winners are selected by a group of the conference's faculty athletic representatives.
Other Female Nominees:
Bowling Green: Stefanie Menoff (tennis, Sr., 3.93, early childhood education, Naperville, Ill.) was a perfect 4-0, tying a school record in the process, as the Falcons won a pair of dual matches over the weekend. She won at both singles and doubles in BG's wins over Toledo and Eastern Michigan. Her singles’ win against EMU on Saturday was her 79th as a Falcon, tying the school career record. That victory also gave the Falcons their fourth point of the day, clinching the win over the Eagles. Menoff teamed with fellow senior Libby Harrison for wins at the third doubles flight, and was victorious at the fifth singles flight on each day. She is now 11-2 in dual-match action in singles, including a 9-1 mark at the fifth flight. She has a team-best record of 18-4 in singles this season. The Falcons are 9-4 overall and 2-1 in MAC action.
Buffalo: Diana Popescu (tennis, 2S/1D, So., 3.512, communication, Alexandria, Romania) was undefeated in singles and doubles play as the Bulls recorded their ninth victory in a row with a 6-1 win over Northern Illinois. Popescu won her singles match 6-0, 6-3 over Kathryn Friedland and teamed with Denise Harijanto at first doubles for an 8-0 shutout. She is 12-7 in singles and 17-6 in doubles this season.
Central Michigan: Tanisha Johnson (track and field, Jr., 3.15, sport studies, Macomb, Mich.) won both the 100-meter hurdles (16.21) and high jump (5-1) at the Toledo Collegiate Invitational. It was CMU's first outdoor meet of the season. Johnson's performance helped CMU finish in a tie for second at the event.
Eastern Michigan: Beverly Elcock (track & field, So., 3.17, undecided, Ft. Wayne, Ind.) hit an NCAA Regional qualifying time in the 800 meters, running an outdoor personal-best time of 2:09.61, to finish fourth in her heat at the 2009 Stanford Invitational Friday and Saturday, March 27-28 and the San Francisco State University Relay Carnival.
Kent State: Katie Wheeler (softball, Sr., 4.0, justice studies, Stow, Ohio) helped the Flashes go 2-0 in conference play and record three total victories on the week. The right fielder batted .313 with five hits, two RBI, a double and a run scored. She drew one walk, had a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly.
Northern Illinois: Bailey Ouellette (softball, first base, Sr., 3.56, pre-physical therapy, Beaverton, Ore.) provided a two-out walk-off single to give the Huskies a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Akron in their second game of a doubleheader with the Zips. That was after belting a two-run homer to help lift NIU to a 3-2 win in the first game against the Zips. She went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored in game one against Akron and 2-for-3 with an RBI in the second game. She also went 1-for-3 with an RBI in NIU’s 5-3 victory over Valparaiso to begin the week. She went 6-for-15 on the week, including a double and a homerun, batting .400 and slugging .667 and drove in four runs.
Previous Female Winners
Week 1 (Sept. 4) Rochelle Coetzee, Ohio (field hockey)
Week 2 (Sept. 11) Allison Kittleberger, KSU (field hockey)
Week 3 (Sept. 18) Jill Wolosiansky, EMU (volleyball)
Week 4 (Sept. 25) Katie Sephenson, BGSU (soccer)
Week 5 (Oct. 2) Katie Eberling, WMU (volleyball)
Week 6 (Oct. 9) Darby Peters, EMU (golf)
Shay Mannino, CMU (soccer)
Week 7 (Oct. 16) Chelsey Meek, BGSU (volleyball)
Week 8 (Oct. 23) Jacy Dyer, UT (swimming & diving)
Week 9 (Oct. 30) Katie Eberling, WMU (volleyball)
Week 10 (Nov. 6) Annie Beecham, Ohio (cross country)
Martina Gavier, KSU (golf)
Week 11 (Nov. 13) Rachel Heim, Ohio (swimming & diving)
Week 12 (Nov. 20) Shannon Strachan, UT (volleyball)
Week 13 (Nov. 26) Anna Kowalska, KSU (basketball)
Week 14 (Dec. 4) Megan Griffin, MIA (volleyball)
Week 15 (Dec. 11) Jenna Schone, MIA (basketball)
Week 16 (Dec. 18) Jenna Schone, MIA (basketball)
Week 17 (Jan. 8) Kaihla Szunko, CMU (basketball)
Week 18 (Jan. 15) Rachel Heim, Ohio (swimming & diving)
Week 19 (Jan. 22) Lauren Prochaska, BGSU (basketball)
Week 20 (Jan. 29) Erin Grigg, EMU (gymnastics)
Week 21 (Feb. 5) Jessica Neel, CMU (gymnsastics)
Week 22 (Feb. 12) Kerstin Pahl, WMU (tennis)
Week 23 (Feb. 19) Lauren Prochaska, BGSU (basketball)
Week 24 (Feb. 26) Stevi Large, Akron (track & field)
Week 25 (Mar. 5) Erin Grigg, EMU (gymnastics)
Week 26 (Mar. 12) Tara Breske, BGSU (basketball)
Week 27 (Mar. 19) Jennifer Naughton, NIU (gymnastics)
Week 28 (Mar. 26) Katie Simon, CMU (gymnastics)
Week 29 (Apr. 2) Kerstin Pahl, WMU (tennis)