MAC Announces Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Updated 4/27/2011


For Immediate Release-Wednesday, April 27, 2011

MAC Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Anastasia Dracheva, Miami - Senior, Moscow, Russia

Miami senior Anastasia Dracheva improved her record to 19-3 overall in dual matches (8-0 MAC) with a perfect 4-0 week, helping Miami clinch its third straight undefeated MAC regular-season championship.  Dracheva played No. 2 single against Akron on Friday, defeating Angelina Jogasuria 6-4, 6-3 and she moved up to No. 1 for the Buffalo match, cruising past Diana Popescu 6-0, 6-2.  Dracheva teamed with Cara Wald for doubles wins by scores of 8-2 vs. Akron and 8-3 vs. Buffalo.  The doubles point each day went to Miami 2-1, with Dracheva and Wald breaking a 1-1 tie vs. Akron.

Additional Nominees:

Christine Chiricosta, Bowling Green - Senior, Avon Lake, Ohio

Bowling Green senior Christine Chiricosta won at both singles and doubles as the Falcons swept Northern Illinois to finish the regular season in fourth place in the MAC standings.  Chiricosta teamed with sophomore Maddy Eccleston for a win at the top doubles flight as that duo combined to go 6-2 in MAC doubles play.  Chiricosta then downed Kelly Phillips by identical 6-1 scores in the number-one singles match.  Chiricosta is the winningest player in Bowling Green tennis history with a record of 25-9 in both singles and doubles this year to date.  Her total of 50 wins this year is tied for fourth on the Falcons single-season list.  In her career, Chiricosta has 89 singles wins and 89 doubles victories for a total of 178 wins as a Falcon and is the school's career leader in all three categories.

Silvia Carvajal, Toledo - Sophomore, Medellin, Columbia

Toledo sophomore Silvia Carvajal helped the Rockets secure the No. 5 seed in this weekend's MAC tournament, earning a pair of clinching wins in last Friday's 5-2 victory over Bowling Green. Carvajal, teaming with freshman Amanda Border, first helped clinch the doubles point with an 8-3 decision in the No. 3 slot. After the team quickly earned two wins in singles, Carvajal clinched the overall match with a hard-fought 7-6(1), 7-5 win out of the sixth slot. The match-clinching singles win proved notable, as Carvajal was playing in just her fourth singles contest of the regular season and improved to 2-2.  

Previous Honorees:

Jan. 26:   Anastasia Dracheva, Miami

Feb. 2:    Christine Chiricosta, Bowling Green

Feb. 9:    Maggie Remynse, Western Michigan

Feb. 16: Kelsey Anonsen, Toledo

Feb. 23: Angelina Jogasuria, Akron

March 2:  Nini Sujashvili, Western Michigan

March 9:  Miranda Podlas, Buffalo

March 16:  Jill Pastunink, Western Michigan

March 23:  Rachel Denny, Western Michigan

March 30:  Riekie Honiball, Miami

April 6:  Anastasia Dracheva, Miami

April 13:  Ashley Frey, Toledo

April 20:  Mary Hill, Bowling Green