MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Nelle Youel, Northern Illinois – Sophomore, Crystal Lake, Illinois (Crystal Lake Central)
Northern Illinois sophomore Nelle Youel kept her undefeated record in both singles and doubles intact with six wins (three singles, three doubles) over the weekend in Northern Illinois' victories over Nebraska-Omaha, Drake and Central Arkansas. Youel did not lose more than three games in any of her three victories at No. 1 singles in improving her record to 13-0 on the year. In doubles, Youel and partner Arantza De La Torre pulled out a tight 8-6 win versus Drake to help Northern Illinois win the doubles point in a 4-3 win over the Bulldogs in Des Moines. The duo is also 13-0 on the season at No. 1. Youel's sweep helped Northern Illinois to its 10th, 11th and 12th wins of the year as the Huskies already have more wins this season than they did a year ago.
Miranda Podlas, Buffalo – Junior
Buffalo junior Miranda Podlas helped the Bulls keep up their undefeated start to the season on Sunday afternoon as she picked up victories at first doubles and second singles in a 6-1 victory over NJIT. The win improves the Bulls to 7-0 on the year. Podlas joined teammate Tanvi Shah for an 8-3 victory at first singles, while she picked up a three-set win at second singles, which clinched the match for Buffalo. Podlas won her first set 9-7 in a tiebreaker and after dropping the second, came back with a big 6-2 win in the third and deciding set. Podlas is now 11-1 in singles play, including a perfect 7-0 in dual competition, and is also 11-1 in doubles action.
Nini Sujashvili, Western Michigan – Junior, Tbilisi, Georgia
Western Michigan junior Nini Sujashvili was the top performer for the Broncos last weekend, posting a 2-1 record in singles play (including a win against a nationally-ranked opponent) and also a win in doubles. Sujashvili won the No. 1 singles match in the Broncos' match against #14 Purdue, beating Lynda Xepoleas 6-4, 6-4 in the first half of a doubleheader. Sujashvili went 2-0 in the Broncos' second match of the day, defeating Oakland's Karine Celis 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 1 singles match and teaming with Maggie Remynse to beat Celis and Juliana Guevara 8-0 in the No. 2 doubles match. Sujashvili has a team-best nine singles wins and has a 9-5 record in No. 1 singles play this year.