MAC Announces Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 4/7/2010


For Immediate Release-Wednesday, April 7, 2010

MAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Zara Harutyunyan, Akron - Sophomore, Yerevan, Armenia

Sophomore Zara Harutyunyan posted a 4-0 record (2-0 in singles, 2-0 in doubles) to help Akron to victories over Toledo on Friday and Eastern Michigan on Saturday, which improved the Zips' record to 14-0 (3-0 MAC) and gave them the best start to a season and in MAC play in program history (surpassed the 1990-91 squad's 13-0 start). Akron's win over Toledo provided another program milestone, as the No. 63-nationally ranked Zips topped the Rockets for the first time since 1999. Harutyunyan remains undefeated in dual-match singles play this year and has yet to lose a set, leading to a 29-4 singles mark this season. She also jumped back into the national singles rankings last week at No. 81. Her four wins last week also moved her into ninth place on the Akron career combined singles and doubles wins list, with 119, (66-9 in singles, 53-12 in doubles) despite being only a sophomore.

Additional Nominees:

Kylee Johnson, Ball State - Sophomore, Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence North High School)

Sophomore Kylee Johnson helped the Cardinals to its first MAC victory since 2008 after winning 5-2 at Northern Illinois last Friday.  Johnson helped Ball State take the early 1-0 lead after winning 8-6 at No. 1 doubles alongside teammate Katherine Rist.  Johnson then took down Sara McLaughlin at No. 4 singles in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5.  Johnson improves her overall record to 8-5 on the season.

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

Junior Christine Chiricosta won at the number-one singles and doubles flights in Bowling Green's lone match last week as she downed Western Michigan's Emily Dudzik in three sets at the top singles flight and teamed with freshman Maddy Eccleston to pick up an 8-3 win over Dudzik and Jill Pastunink in doubles action.  Chiricosta is now a perfect 3-0 in MAC singles action, and has won six matches in a row and is 13-3 in dual-match play this year to date.  In doubles action, the Chiricosta/Eccleston duo is now 12-4 at the number-one flight in dual matches.  Chiricosta leads the team in singles wins and overall wins this year, is second in doubles wins and has an overall record of 37-12, including a 20-5 singles mark and a 17-7 doubles ledger.  In her career, Chiricosta is 122-43 overall (62-19 singles, 60-24 doubles) and as a junior, is 17th in Bowling Green history in singles wins, tied for 13th in doubles victories, and ranks 17th in overall wins.

Megan Martzolf, Miami - Junior, Indianapolis, Ind. (Park Tudor High School)

Junior Megan Martzolf improved to 15-0 in dual matches, all coming at No. 3 singles.  Martzolf posted an impressive 6-1, 6-0 win in singles in Miami's lone match of the week at Northern Illinois to propel the RedHawks to a 6-1 win against the Huskies.  She teamed up with Stephanie Danesis to post a dominant 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles to help secure the doubles point and move to 12-3 on the season in doubles play.  Martzolf, who is undefeated in both singles and doubles action in league play this season, has helped Miami to a 3-0 start in MAC play and extend their regular-season conference winning streak to 12 straight.

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

Junior Ashley Frey compiled a 2-2 record last week as the Rockets split their two matches over the weekend. Frey earned a singles win over Akron's Angelika Jogasuria, 4-6, 7-6 (10-4), 10-5, and teamed with Nadia Zoubareva to take an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles at Buffalo. The doubles point helped propel Toledo to its first victory over the Bulls in seven meetings.

Yumi Matsuto, Western Michigan - Senior, Kobeshi, Japan

Senior Yumi Matsuto swept both of her matches against Bowling Green to lead Western Michigan to victory over the Falcons. Matsuto and sophomore Maria Nivia keyed Western Michigan winning the doubles point with an 8-3 victory at No. 3. Matsuto came back in singles and battled to victory 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (3) over Samantha Kintzel at No. 3. Matsuto improved to 13-6 in dual doubles this season, while also moving to 2-0 at No. 3 singles, the highest playing position of her Western Michigan career.

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

April 7:                 Zara Harutyun - Akron