Women's Tennis Tournament-Friday Scoreboard

Updated 4/30/2010

Story courtesy of Miami, Akron, Western Michigan and Buffalo Sports Information Departments

Miami 4, Ball State 0

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Miami's tennis team opened defense of its Mid-American Conference Tournament title Friday morning with a convincing 4-0 sweep of No.8 seed Ball State.  

The RedHawks (16-6) took the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Anastasia Dracheva and Sydnee Bridger started things with an 8-2 victory over Sarah Hebble and Lauren Pickrel before Cara Wald and Riekie Honiball defeated Dena Boulieris and Paola Rodriguez by the same score. The No. 2 match was tied at 2-2 before Dracheva and Bridger ran off six straight games.

Megan Martzolf and Stephanie Danesis were one serve away from match point at 7-3 (40-15) when their match was abandoned.

Miami rolled through singles play with three quick wins. Dracheva put the RedHawks up 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 1. She went up 3-0 before Haley Hall held serve, then rattled off nine straight games. Martzolf improved to 22-0 this spring with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Kylee Johnson at No. 3. She also jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set and never looked back.

The clinching point came from Honiball at No. 4. She followed her teammates' lead in taking the first three games enroute to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Boulieris.

Danesis (No. 2), Wald (No. 5) and Bridger (No. 6) had each won her first set before the match was called.

Miami, winners of 20 straight matches against MAC teams including the postseason, faces No. 5 seed Buffalo tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the first semifinal. The RedHawks defeated the Bulls 4-3 in Buffalo during the regular season.

Singles competition

1. Anastasia Dracheva (MIAMI) def. Hayley Hall (BSU) 6-1, 6-0
2. Stephanie Danesis (MIAMI) vs. Georgina Thomson (BSU) 7-5, 3-0, unfinished
3. Megan Martzolf (MIAMI) def. Kylee Johnson (BSU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Riekie Honiball (MIAMI) def. Dena Boulieris (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Cara Wald (MIAMI) vs. Katherine Rist (BSU) 6-4, 4-2, unfinished
6. Sydnee Bridger (MIAMI) vs. Sarah Hebble (BSU) 6-4, 2-3, unfinished

Doubles competition

1. Megan Martzolf/Stephanie Danesis (MIAMI) vs. Katherine Rist/Kylee Johnson (BSU) 7-3, unfinished
2. Cara Wald/Riekie Honiball (MIAMI) def. Dena Boulieris/Paola Rodriguez (BSU) 8-2
3. Anastasia Dracheva/Sydnee Bridger (MIAMI) def. Sarah Hebble/Lauren Pickrel (BSU) 8-2


Match Notes:
Ball State 8-15, No. 8 seed
Miami 16-6, No. 1 seed
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,4)
MAC Tournament Quarterfinals -- Miami advances to 10 a.m. semifinal vs. Buffalo
Official: Tim Baurer T-1:55

Buffalo 4, Toledo 0

KALAMAZOO, MI - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team put forth a dominating effort in the Quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament, defeating fourth-seeded Toledo, 4-0, Friday Morning at the Sorensen Courts.  The Bulls will face Miami tomorrow in the MAC Semifinals, the fifth straight year UB has made it to the semifinals.

The Bulls, who entered the tournament as the fifth seed, won a tough doubles point against the Rockets.  UB's third doubles team picked up the first win as Diana Toia and Diana Popescu defeated Silvia Carvajal and Rahshell Washington, 8-4.  The Rockets picked up an 8-5 victory at second doubles, but the Bulls were able to clinch the doubles point as UB's first team of Denise Harijanto and Aleksandra Petrova held off a pesky Martina Wodzinski and Maha Guirguis to win 8-6.  The Bulls led 7-2 in the match before Toledo fought back to get it to 7-6.

UB had little problem in singles, winning the first set in five matches.  The Bulls advanced their lead to 2-0 as Toia won at fourth singles, defeating Nadia Zubareva in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.  The Bulls built their lead to 3-0 as Popescu defeated Ashley Frey, 6-3, 6-2.  UB ultimately clinched the match at sixth singles as freshman Tamara Markovic defeated Jessica Azoulay, 6-0, 6-1. When the match ended UB was up in two other matches, including first singles as Harijanto led Wodzinski, 6-4, 5-1.  UB also led at fifth singles as freshman Kira Golenko was up on Washington, 6-4, 3-0.  Golenko was down 3-0 early in the first set before winning nine of the last 10 games.

UB and Miami will meet in the MAC Semifinals for the second time in three years tomorrow at 10:00 am.  The RedHawks are the top seed in this year's Tournament.  Miami defeated Buffalo 4-3 in the regular season.

#5 Buffalo 4, #4 Toledo 0

Apr 30, 2010 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (Sorensen Courts)

Singles competition

1. Martina Wodzinski (UT) vs. Denise Harijanto (UB) 4-6, 1-5, unfinished 2. Maha Guirguis (UT) vs. Aleksandra Petrova (UB) 7-5, 1-0, unfinished 3. Diana Popescu (UB) def. Ashley Frey (UT) 6-3, 6-2 4. Diana Toia (UB) def. Nadia Zoubareva (UT) 6-3, 6-3 5. Rahshell Washington (UT) vs. Kira Golenko (UB) 4-6, 0-3, unfinished 6. Tamara Markovic (UB) def. Jessica Azoulay (UT) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Denise Harijanto/Aleksandra Petrova (UB) def. Maha Guirguis/Martina Wodzinski (UT) 8-6 2. Ashley Frey/Nadia Zoubareva (UT) def. Tamara Markovic/Anna Subenkova (UB) 8-5 3. Diana Popescu/Diana Toia (UB) def. Silvia Carvajal/Rahshell Washington (UT) 8-4.

 

Akron 4, Bowling Green 1

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The second-seeded University of Akron tennis team defeated seventh-seeded Bowling Green 4-1 on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-American Conference Championship outdoors at Sorensen Courts. The Zips (19-2) have positioned themselves in the event's semifinal round for the first time in program history and will face third-seeded Western Michigan (15-10) on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET for the right to compete in Sunday's title contest at noon.

Fans can follow live stats of each match via the MAC Championship Central page.

Akron took the early advantage over Bowling Green (12-10) by claiming the doubles point, behind victories at the second and third positions, and won at the Nos. 1, 3 and 4 singles spots in straight sets. MAC Player of the Year and All-MAC First Team choice Zara Harutyunyan clinched the deciding match point with a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 1, after Second-Team All-MAC choice Angelika Jogasuria posted a 6-1, 6-4 decision at No. 3 and Prang Pantusart scored a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 4. The Falcons scored their lone point at No. 6 singles.

At the time the match was clinched, UA led 6-2, 6-5 at No. 2 singles and 6-4, 5-2 at No. 5 singles. Additionally, the Zips held to a 6-5 edge at No. 3 doubles when the early point was secured.

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

Singles competition

1. Zara Harutyunyan (AKRON) def. Christine Chiricosta (BGSU) 6-4, 6-0

2. Angelina Jogasuria (AKRON) vs. Samantha Kintzel (BGSU) 6-2, 6-5, unfinished

3. Angelika Jogasuria (AKRON) def. Katia Babina (BGSU) 6-1, 6-4

4. Prang Pantusart (AKRON) def. Jessica Easdale (BGSU) 6-1, 6-3

5. Anya Baronayte (AKRON) vs. Maddy Eccleston (BGSU) 6-4, 5-2, unfinished

6. Katie Grubb (BGSU) def. Carolina Castro Cota (AKRON) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition

1. Angelika Jogasuria/Prang Pantusart (AKRON) def. Christine Chiricosta/Maddy Eccleston (BGSU) 8-5

2. Zara Harutyunyan/Anya Baronayte (AKRON) def. Katia Babina/Samantha Kintzel (BGSU) 8-1

3. Jeremie Benjamin/Angelina Jogasuria (AKRON) vs. Jessica Easdale/Katie Grubb (BGSU) 6-5, unfinished

Match Notes

#7 Bowling Green 12-10

#2 Akron 19-2

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,4,3,1,5,2)

2010 Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Championships

Winner will play #3 Western Michigan/#6 Eastern Michigan in semifinals

Akron's first quarterfinal win in school history.

T-2:35

#2 Akron 4, #7 Bowling Green 1
Apr 30, 2010 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (Sorensen Courts)

 

Western Michigan 4, Eastern Michigan 2

KALAMAZOO -- The third-seeded Western Michigan women's tennis team defeated No. 6 Eastern Michigan, 4-2, to advance through the quarterfinals of the MAC Championships at Sorensen Courts on Friday afternoon. The Broncos (15-10) advance to play No. 2 Akron (19-2) in the semifinals at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The Broncos opended with a strong performance in doubles as senior Emily Dudzik and freshman Jill Pastunink won 8-3 at No. 1 and then senior Yumi Matsuto and sophomore Maria Nivia completed an 8-2 victory at No. 2 to put the Broncos on top. The tandem of junior Amanda Moccia and sophomore April Kerr trailed at 4-2, but fought back to lead 7-5 when their match was abandoned.

Nivia added to the Broncos' advantage by making quick work of Georgia de'Lisle Tarr with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph at No. 5 singles.

The Eagles came back to earn their first point with a convincing 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2, but freshman Maggie Remynse won her seventh in a row and improved to 5-0 at No. 4 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Karina Ahuja to put WMU back up two, 3-1.

Eastern Michigan earned a hard-fought triumph at No. 1 to cut the margin back to one, 3-2, but the Broncos emerged victorious moments later.

Pastunink opened No. 6 singles in a 3-0 hole, but fought back to win 6-3, 6-3 for her ninth consecutive singles victory to advance the Broncos into the semifinals.

Matsuto helped stave off any EMU momentum by rallying back from a first set defeat at No. 3 to force a third set with a 6-0 whitewash of Xu Chang in the second set before the match was abandoned.

#3 Western Michigan 4, #6 Eastern Michigan 2
Apr 30, 2010 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (Sorensen Courts)

Singles competition

1. Julia Breuss (EMU) def. Emily Dudzik (WMU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4

2. Miriam Westerink (EMU) def. Amanda Moccia (WMU) 6-1, 6-2

3. Yumi Matsuto (WMU) vs. Xu Chang (EMU) 5-7, 6-0, 0-2, unfinished

4. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Karina Ahuja (EMU) 6-3, 6-3

5. Maria Nivia (WMU) def. Georgia de'Lisle-Tar (EMU) 6-2, 6-0

6. Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Marcela Rivero (EMU) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Emily Dudzik/Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Julia Breuss/Miriam Westerink (EMU) 8-3

2. Yumi Matsuto/Maria Nivia (WMU) def. Xu Chang/Georgia de'Lisle-Tar (EMU) 8-2

3. April Kerr/Amanda Moccia (WMU) led Karina Ahuja/Marcela Rivero (EMU) 7-5, unfinished

Match Notes

#6 Eastern Michigan 8-14

#3 Western Michigan 15-10

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,2,4,1,6)

2010 Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Championships

Winner will play #2 Akron in semifinals

T-3:10

Tournament Schedule:

Thursday, April 29

1:00 p.m.  No. 8 Ball State vs. No. 9 Northern Illinois (Ball State W)

Friday, April 30

10:00 a.m.  No. 1 Miami vs. No. 8 Ball State (Miami W)

10:00 a.m.  No. 4 Toledo vs. No. 5 Buffalo (Buffalo W)

2:00 p.m.  No. 3 Western Michigan vs. No. 6 Eastern Michigan (Western Michigan W)

2:00 p.m.  No. 2 Akron vs. No. 7 Bowling Green (Akron W)

Saturday, May 1

10:00 a.m.  No. 1 Miami vs. No. 5 Buffalo

2:00 p.m.  No. 3 Western Michigan vs. No. 2 Akron

Sunday, May 2

Noon  MAC Championship