MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Nini Sujashvili, Western Michigan – Junior, Tbilisi, Georgia
Western Michigan junior Nini Sujashvili went 4-0 for the Broncos last weekend, helping them to a perfect 2-0 start in conference play with victories over Eastern Michigan and Toledo. Sujashvili started the weekend with a 2-0 performance over the Eagles, clinching the important doubles point for the Broncos and earning a win at No. 1 singles. Sujashvili teamed with Maggie Remynse to beat Daphne Friedrichs and Mariya Toncheva 8-4 in No. 2 doubles, clinching the session for the Broncos. She then went on to give the Broncos a 2-1 advantage in the overall match, downing Nino Mebuke 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match. Western Michigan went on to win the match with the Eagles 4-3.
Against the Rockets on Saturday, Sujashvili was similarly successful. She again clinched the doubles point for the Broncos, teaming with Remynse to come back from an early deficit to beat Pia Rygh and Katelyn Nguyen 9-7 in No. 2 doubles. Sujashvili clinched the overall match victory for the Broncos as well, winning a three-set nailbiter with Katelyn Nguyen 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 to ensure a Broncos victory.
Courtney Wild, Ball State – Sophomore, Carmel, Ind. (New Braunfels High School)
Ball State sophomore Courtney Wild won at No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles to help Ball State win a 4-3 MAC opening match thriller at Miami Saturday in Oxford. Before the loss Saturday, Miami had won 33 straight MAC regular season matches. It is only the second time in school history that Ball State has defeated the RedHawks. Wild's singles victory over Alix Thurman was in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 1 position. With the win Wild improves her overall record to 20-7 overall and 14-3 in dual action.
Maddy Eccleston, Bowling Green – Senior, Toledo, Ohio (St. Ursula Academy)
Bowling Green senior co-captain Maddy Eccleston went 3-1 last week, breaking the Bowling Green career record for doubles wins in the process, as the Falcons split two dual matches over the weekend. Eccleston teamed up with fellow senior Katie Grubb for a quick 8-1 victory over Toledo at the second doubles flight. That victory was the 90th doubles win of Eccleston’s career, breaking the record held by Christine Chiricosta (2008-11). The next day against Eastern Michigan, Eccleston and Grubb picked up an 8-4 win at the second flight. In singles, Eccleston defeated Toledo’s Chrissy Coffman in straight sets (7-6, 6-3) on Friday, before falling to Eastern Michigan’s Ankita Bhatia the next day. Bowling Green downed Toledo, 6-1, to increase the team’s winning streak to a school-record 12 matches. But, Eastern Michigan topped the Falcons, 4-3, the following day. Eccleston and Grubb are 9-1 at the second flight in dual-match play, and that duo has an overall record of 17-5 this year to date. Overall this season, Eccleston is 22-8 in doubles and 33-20 in combined matches. Her 160 combined career wins places her second on that Bowling Green list. The Falcons are 12-2 overall and 1-1 in the MAC heading into Friday’s match at Northern Illinois.
Gopika Kapoor, Buffalo – Freshman, New Delhi, India
Buffalo freshman Gopika Kapoor helped keep the Bulls undefeated on Saturday afternoon as she picked up a pair of victories in the 6-1 win over Northern Illinois. At second doubles, Kapoor teams up with Anamaria Candanoza for a dominating performance, winning 8-1. Kapoor then had little trouble in singles as she won her match number six, 6-3, 6-1, which pulled Buffalo closer to clinching the match. Kapoor is currently 8-3 on the season, having won all eight of her matches in dual play. She is one of six players on the team with seven or more victories.
Klara Supejova, Eastern Michigan – Freshman, Prague, Czech Republic
Eastern Michigan freshman Klara Supejova continued her stellar play in her first taste of MAC action at Western Michigan and Bowling Green last week. The Prague, Czech Republic native posted a perfect weekend going 2-0 in singles action at No. 2 and 2-0 in doubles play at No. 1. She is now 22-7 in dual meets this year. Against Western Michigan, she knocked off Maggie Remynse, 6-2, 6-0, and followed it up with a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Emily Reuland. The Eagles victory at Bowling Green snapped the Falcon's 12-match winning streak that dated back to Jan. 19.