MAC Women's Tennis Tournament-Day Two Results

Updated 4/29/2011

MAC Women's Tennis Tournament Day Two Results: 

No. 1 Miami 4, No. 8 Ball State 0

No. 4 Bowling Green 4, No. 5 Toledo 0

No. 2 Akron 4, No. 7 Buffalo 0

No. 3 Western Michigan 4, No. 6 Eastern Michigan 2


No. 1 Miami 4, No. 8 Ball State 0

Story courtesy of Miami Sports Information

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Miami opened defense of its 2009 and 2010 Mid-American Conference Tennis Championships Friday morning, easily dispatching No. 8 Ball State 4-0 in the quarterfinal round. The RedHawks swept all three doubles matches before gaining three more points in singles play.

Miami improved to 18-5 overall, winning its 31st straight match against a league opponent. The win total equals last year as the most since a 19-5 finish to the 1988-89 season.

The RedHawks won all three double matches by an 8-2 score to jump out in front. Stephanie Danesis and Megan Martzolf dropped their first game, and led 3-2, before winning the final five games. Riekie Honiball and Jessica Parr also won five straight to close out their match, while Anastasia Dracheva and Cara Wald bolted to a 4-1 lead and cruised to the win. They were on match point when the RedHawks clinched, allowing their match to be completed.

The teams took a short break before singles, moving from indoors at the Chippewa Club to Ypsilanti High School, but that didn't slow Miami down. Danesis bolted to 4-1 leads in both sets enroute to a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2. Honiball went up 4-1 in the first set, then captured eight of the next nine games for a 6-2, 6-1 victory in the No. 5 flight. Wald sent the RedHawks into the semifinals, dropping just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6.

In postseason play, the match immediately ends once the outcome is decided. That left the matches at Nos. 1, 3 and 4 unfinished, but all three RedHawks were in control. Dracheva won her first set 6-2 and was up 4-1, while Martzolf won the first five games of her match, to hold a 6-1, 5-2 advantage. Finally, Nimisha Mohan was up 6-4, 4-0 when play was halted.

"We did a good job of being aggressive in doubles," Head Coach Anca Dumitrescu said. "In singles, we stayed composed after the change in venue. That was important for us."

Miami faces fourth-seeded Bowling Green -- a 4-0 winner over Toledo on Friday -- tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at Ypsilanti High School. The RedHawks defeated the Falcons 5-2 indoors at the Perrysburg Tennis Center on April 1.

Tennis Match Results
No. 8 Ball State vs No. 1 Miami
Apr 29, 2011 at Ypsilanti, Mich.
(Chippewa Club - In/Ypsilanti High-Out)

 Singles competition
1. Anastasia Dracheva (MU) vs. Georgina Thomson (BSU) 6-2, 4-1, unfinished
2. Stephanie Danesis (MU) def. Kristel Sanders (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Megan Martzolf (MU) vs. Sarah Hebble (BSU) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
4. Nimisha Mohan (MU) vs. Dena Boulieris (BSU) 6-4, 4-0, unfinished
5. Riekie Honiball (MU) def. Kylee Johnson (BSU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Cara Wald (MU) def. Lauren Pickrel (BSU) 6-1, 6-0

 Doubles competition
1. Stephanie Danesis/Megan Martzolf (MU) def. Dena Boulieris/Georgina Thomson (BSU) 8-2
2. Riekie Honiball/Jessica Parr (MU) def. Sarah Hebble/Kylee Johnson (BSU) 8-2
3. Anastasia Dracheva/Cara Wald (MU) def. Lauren Pickrel/Kristel Sanders (BSU) 8-2

Match Notes:
No. 8 Ball State 8-15
No. 1 Miami 17-5
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,5,6)
MAC Women's Tennis Championship Match #2
Miami advances to play Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m.
Doubles matches played inside @ Chippewa Club, Singles outside @ Ypsilanti High

No. 4 Bowling Green 4, No. 5 Toledo 0

The Bowling Green State University tennis team advanced in the Mid-American Conference Championships, rolling along to a 4-0 victory over the University of Toledo Friday morning/afternoon (April 29).  The quarterfinal-round match was held at the Chippewa Club in Ypsilanti, Mich.

With the victory, BGSU, the tournament's fourth seed, moves on to face top-seeded Miami University in Saturday's (April 30) semifinal round.  That match is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. at Ypsilanti High School

Tennis Match Results
No. 5 Toledo vs No. 4 Bowling Green
Apr 29, 2011 at Ypsilanti, Mich.
(Chippewa Club)

Singles competition
1. Christine Chiricosta (BGSU) vs. Polina Guimaraes (TOLEDO) 6-7, 6-2, 1-0, unfinished
2. Maddy Eccleston (BGSU) vs. Ashley Frey (TOLEDO) 6-4, 4-5, unfinished
3. Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Kelsey Anonsen (TOLEDO) 6-0, 6-1
4. Mary Hill (BGSU) def. Christine Coffman (TOLEDO) 6-3, 6-2
5. Emily Reuland (BGSU) def. Alexandra Cristello (TOLEDO) 6-4, 6-4
6. Jessica Easdale (BGSU) vs. Amanda Border (TOLEDO) 4-6, 5-2, unfinished

 Doubles competition
1. Christine Chiricosta/Maddy Eccleston (BGSU) vs. Polina Guimaraes/Kelsey Anonsen (TOLEDO) 6-4, unfinished
2. Jade Johnson/Emily Reuland (BGSU) def. Alexandra Cristello/Ashley Frey (TOLEDO) 8-3
3. Nikki Chiricosta/Mary Hill (BGSU) def. Amanda Border/Silvia Carvajal (TOLEDO) 8-4

Match Notes:
No. 5 Toledo 13-10
No. 4 Bowling Green 15-7
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,4,5)
MAC Women's Tennis Championship Match #3
Winner advances to play Saturday, April 30, at 10 a.m.
Singles matches moved to the outdoor courts
Official: Lynda Henshaw

No. 2 Akron 4, No. 7 Buffalo 0

Story courtesy of Akron Sports Information

YPSILANTI, Mich. - Angelika Jogasuria's straight-set win at No. 2 singles clinched a 4-0 win for the second-seeded University of Akron tennis team over seventh-seeded Buffalo on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-American Conference Championship at Ypsilanti High School. The Zips (18-4) have positioned themselves in the event's semifinal round for the second-consecutive season and second time in program history.

UA will take on the winner of today's match between third-seeded Western Michigan and sixth-seeded Eastern Michigan on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. That contest is in progress.

Akron took the early advantage over Buffalo (6-13) by claiming the doubles point, behind victories at the first and third positions, and won at the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles flights in straight sets to earn the right to advance in the bracket.

MAC Player of the Year and All-MAC First-Team choice Zara Harutyunyan teamed with Angelina Jogasuria at No. 1 doubles and took an 8-5 decision over Miranda Podlas and Diana Popescu, and Zips Anya Baronayte and Jeremie Benjamin claimed the doubles point thanks to an 8-4 win over Shelby Bates and Marta Stoyanova at No. 3.

All-MAC Second-Team member Angelika Jogasuria clinched the deciding match point with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Aleksandra Petrova at No. 2 singles, after Prang Pantusart , also an all-league second-team member, got the best of Stoyanova 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3 and Harutyunyan disposed of Popescu 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1.

At the time the match was decided, UA's Angelina Jogasuria was up 6-3, 4-3 at No. 4 over Kira Golenko, Baronayte led 6-2, 2-3 at No. 5 versus Tamara Markovic and Natalia Kuvakina held a 6-2, 3-3 advantage over Podlas at No. 6. Additionally, the Zips pair of Angelika Jogasuria and Pantusart led 7-3 at No. 2 doubles over Golenko and Petrova when the early point was secured.

The tournament winner will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Tennis Match Results
No. 7 Buffalo vs No. 2 Akron
Apr 29, 2011 at Ypsilanti, Mich.
(Ypsilanti High School)

Singles competition
1. Zara Harutyunyan (UA) def. Diana Popescu (UB) 6-1, 6-2
2. Angelika Jogasuria (UA) def. Aleksandra Petrova (UB) 6-2, 6-0
3. Prang Pantusart (UA) def. Marta Stoyanova (UB) 6-3, 6-0
4. Angelina Jogasuria (UA) vs. Kira Golenko (UB) 6-3, 4-3, unfinished
5. Anya Baronayte (UA) vs. Tamara Markovic (UB) 6-2, 2-3, unfinished
6. Natalia Kuvankina (UA) vs. Miranda Podlas (UB) 6-2, 3-3, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Zara Harutyunyan/Angelina Jogasuria (UA) def. Miranda Podlas/Diana Popescu (UB) 8-5
2. Angelika Jogasuria/Prang Pantusart (UA) vs. Kira Golenko/Aleksandra Petrova (UB) 7-3, unfinished
3. Anya Baronayte/Jeremie Benjamin (UA) def. Shelby Bates/Marta Stoyanova (UB) 8-4

Match Notes:
No. 7 Buffalo 6-12
No. 2 Akron 17-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,3,2)
MAC Women's Tennis Championship Match #5
Winner advances to play Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m.
Official: Lynda Henshaw 

No. 3 Western Michigan 4, No. 6 Eastern Michigan 2

Story courtesy of Western Michigan Sports Information 

Broncos Beat Eagles In MAC Tourney Quarters

YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team knuckled down under pressure in enemy territory, coming back from a 1-0 hole to defeat the Eastern Michigan Eagles 4-2 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Mid-American Conference (MAC) women's tennis championship at Chippewa Tennis Club in Ypsilanti.  With the win, the Broncos will advance to the semifinals on Saturday.

The in-state rivals met in the opening round of the MAC championships for the second consecutive season, and for the second consecutive season the Broncos came out on top.  Unlike last year, though, the Broncos knocked off the Eagles on EMU's home court, knocking the tournament host from the bracket early on.

The Broncos opened up by seizing the doubles point, needing all three matches to snag the point from the Eagles.  Amanda Moccia and Maggie Remynse teamed up to take the No. 3 doubles match 8-4, while Eastern Michigan countered with a win in the No. 1 doubles.  Maria Nivia and Jill Pastunink gave the team the much-needed doubles point with an 8-4 win in the No. 2 doubles.

The Eagles fought their way back into the match by winning the first two recorded singles matches, winning the No. 2 and No. 5 matches.  However, the Broncos were not to be deterred, taking a number of three-set matches to record the win.  Nivia started things off by overcoming a one-set deficit to win the No. 3 singles match 4-6, 6-0, 6-1, her overall 10th consecutive win against conference opponents.  Remynse held off a surge in the No. 1 singles match to win 7-5, 1-6, 6-3, and Rachel Denny officially locked up the win for the Broncos with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win in the No. 6 singles.

The Broncos will play in the semifinals of the MAC championship on April 30 at 2 p.m.

No. 6 Eastern Michigan vs No. 3 Western Michigan Apr 29, 2011 at Ypsilanti, Mich.

(Chippewa Club-Outdoor)

No. 3 Western Michigan 4, No. 6 Eastern Michigan 2

Singles competition

1. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Miriam Westerink (EMU) 7-5, 1-6, 6-3 2. Nino Mebuke (EMU) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-2, 6-2 3. Maria Nivia (WMU) def. Xu Chang (EMU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 4. Jill Pastunink (WMU) vs. Mariya Toncheva (EMU) 6-2, 4-6, unfinished 5. Marcela Rivero (EMU) def. Amanda Moccia (WMU) 6-0, 6-4 6. Rachel Denny (WMU) def. Georgia de'Lisle-Tar (EMU) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Nino Mebuke/Miriam Westerink (EMU) def. April Kerr/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 8-4 2. Maria Nivia/Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Georgia de'Lisle-Tar/Xu Chang (EMU) 8-4 3. Amanda Moccia/Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Marcela Rivero/Celine Donnet (EMU) 8-4.