Here is a look at last week's MAC women's tennis action.
Women's Tennis Falls 6-1 at Miami (Ohio)
OXFORD, Ohio – The University of Akron women's tennis team lost 6-1 to Miami (Ohio) in Mid-American Conference competition on Saturday afternoon at Hepburn Courts. The Zips dropped their record to 14-7 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Akron scored its point with a three-set victory at No. 5 singles where Ksenia Berestetska defeated Ana Rajkovic, 6-2, 6-7 (7), 1-0 (5). The Zips pushed play at No. 2 and 3 singles to a third set. At No. 2, Miami's Alix Thurman topped Angelina Jogasuria 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (5), while at No. 3 it was the RedHawks' Christiana Raymond over Prang Pantusart 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8). MU won in straight sets at the remaining three singles spots.
Miami (6-12, 2-1 MAC) earned the doubles point with a victory at the second and third flights. The Akron pair of Pantusart and Jogasuria, ranked 65th nationally, downed Christine Guerrazzi and Ana Rajkovic 8-1 at No. 1.
The Zips play host to their final homestand of the season next weekend as they face Bowling Green on April 5 and Western Michigan one day later. Both matches are scheduled for a 1 p.m. ET first serve.
Zips Notebook: Ksenia Berestetska has won six straight and 13 of her last 14 singles competitions ... the Zips' No. 1 doubles team of Prang Pantusart and Angelina Jogasuria improved to 14-0 this season ... UA lost the doubles point for the second-straight match ... the squad's seven-match win streak ended ... Akron has won seven of its last eight and 13 of its last 15 contests.
Miami (Ohio) 6, Akron 1
1. (65) Angelina Jogasuria/Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Christine Guerrazzi/Ana Rajkovic (Miami) 8-1
2. Alix Thurman/Nimisha Mohan (Miami) def. Madison Cohen/Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) 8-2
3. Christiana Raymond/Ramona Costea (Miami) def. Ksenia Berestetska/Olga Shkundina (Akron) 8-4
1. Nimisha Mohan (Miami) def. Olga Shkundina (Akron) 6-0, 6-4
2. Alix Thurman (Miami) def. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (5)
3. Christiana Raymond (Miami) def. Prang Pantusart (Akron) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8)
4. Christine Guerrazzi (Miami) def. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) 6-2, 6-2
5. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Ana Rajkovic (Miami) 6-2, 6-7 (7), 1-0 (5)
6. Ramona Costea (Miami) def. Madison Cohen (Akron) 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish:
Doubles – 1, 2, 3
Singles – 1, 4, 6, 2, 3, 5
Women's Tennis Slides By Ball State 4-3, Improves to 2-0 in MAC Standings
MUNCIE, Ind. – The University of Akron women's tennis team extended its win streak to seven matches and improved to 2-0 against Mid-American Conference competition thanks to a 4-3 win over Ball State on Friday afternoon at the YMCA Tennis Center.
Akron gave up the doubles point with losses at the No. 2 and 3 spots in its lineup, but rallied with straight-set victories in four of the six singles flights to improve to 14-6 overall this season.
The Zips' points came at Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6 singles. Olga Shkundina topped Courtney Earnest 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2, Prang Pantusart bested Ayaka Terashi 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3, Ksenia Berestetska got Bethany Moore 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5, and Madison Cohen took care of Ashlyn Rang 6-2, 7-6 (4) at No. 6.
The Zips' lone win on the doubles courts came by a score of 8-2 from Angelina Jogasuria and Prang Pantuart over Earnest and Courtney Wild. Jogasuria and Pantusart are ranked 65th nationally and improved to 13-0 this season.
Akron continues league play and concludes a four-match Spring Break road trip on Saturday at Miami (Ohio) at 1 p.m. ET. The contest serves as a rematch of last season's MAC tournament championship, which UA won 4-3 to gain the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Zips Notebook: In addition to its seven-match win streak, Akron has won 13 of its last 14 contests ... the Zips are 5-2 in true road matches this season ... today marked the sixth time this year UA has won by a count of 4-3 ... the squad's No. 1 doubles team of Pantusart and Jogasuria played together for the first time since March 7 versus Youngstown State ... Olga Shkundina ran her singles win streak to seven matches ... Ksenia Berestetska has won five straight and 12 of her last 13 singles competitions ... the Zips have defeated the Cardinals in five-straight meetings and improved their all-time record versus that program to 7-17 ... UA had lost 16-consecutive contests to BSU prior to a 4-3 win on April 3, 2009 in Muncie, Ind.
Akron 4, Ball State 3
1. (65) Angelina Jogasuria/Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Courtney Wild/Courtney Earnest (BSU) 8-2
2. Bethany Moore/Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Olga Shkundina/Madison Cohen (Akron) 8-4
3. Paola Rodriguez/Lauren Pickrel (BSU) def. Angelika Jogasuria/Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) 8-5
1. Courtney Wild (BSU) def. Angelina Jogasuria (AKRON) 6-4, 6-1
2. Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Courtney Earnest (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Ayaka Terashi (BSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Angelika Jogasuria (AKRON) 7-5, 6-1
5. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Bethany Moore (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Madison Cohen (Akron) def. Ashlyn Rang (BSU) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Women's Tennis Wins Sixth Straight with Shutout of UIC
GRIFFITH, Ind. – The University of Akron women's tennis team notched its second victory in as many days and extended its win streak to six matches with a 7-0 defeat of Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday afternoon at Match Point Tennis Club.
UIC (9-4) was unable to fully fill out its side of the lineup card, and was forced to give up No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles by default. In doubles, Akron (13-6) claimed hard-fought decisions at Nos. 1 and 2 to take a one-point advantage into singles where it swept all five positions.
"Doubles was once again a struggle, but I am very pleased with our singles effort today," third-year Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "We played a depleted UIC team that fought extremely hard, but we managed to perform at a high level throughout."
The Zips duo of Angelina Jogasuria and Olga Shkundina defeated Kathryn Sharples and Jana Knoppe 9-8 (7) at No. 1, while Prang Pantusart and Angelika Jogasuria bested Natalia Kuvakina at Ann-Sophie Hahn 9-7 at No. 2.
Akron, which won 6-1 at Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Tuesday, went on to take Nos. 1-3 singles in straight sets, with Shkundina topping Kuvakina 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1, Angelina Jogasuria downing Sharples 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2, and Pantusart getting the better of Knoppe at No. 3, 6-3, 6-2.
Nos. 4 and 5 singles each was decided by a third-set tiebreaker. At No. 4, Angelika Jogasuria won 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7) over Keti Mebuke, and Ksenia Berestetska edged Hahn 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (3) at No. 5.
The Zips take tomorrow off from competition, but stay on the road and resume Mid-American Conference play at Ball State on Friday and Miami (Ohio) on Saturday. Both contests are scheduled to get underway at 1 p.m. ET.
Zips Notebook: The victory was the Zips' third shutout of the season ... Olga Shkundina played at No. 1 singles for the second-straight day and ran her win streak in singles to six matches ... the Zips avenged a 4-3 loss at UIC last season (April 22, 2012) ... along with its six-match win streak, UA has won 12 of its last 13 contests ... UIC was the fifth member of the Horizon League that Akron defeated this season (Cleveland State, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Wright State, Youngstown State).
Akron 7, Illinois-Chicago 0
1. Angelina Jogasuria/Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Kathryn Sharples/Jana Knoppe (UIC) 9-8 (7)
2. Prang Pantusart/Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) def. Natalia Kuvakina/Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) 9-7
3. Ksenia Berestetska/Madison Cohen (Akron) won by default
1. Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) 6-1, 6-3
2. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) def. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) 6-0, 6-3
3. Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Jana Knoppe (UIC) 6-3, 6-2
4. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) def. Keti Mebuke (UIC) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (7)
5. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (3)
6. Madison Cohen (Akron) def. won by default
Order of finish:
Doubles – 3, 2, 1
Singles – 6, 1, 2, 3, 5, 4
Dominant Singles Play Gives Women's Tennis Win at UW-Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE – A sweep of the six singles flights lifted The University of Akron women's tennis team to a 6-1 victory over Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Tuesday afternoon at Elite Sports Club – North Shore. The win was the Zips' fifth straight and 11th in 12 outings.
After giving up the doubles point with a loss at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions, Akron (12-6) won at all six singles spots to keep its win streak alive and improve to 4-2 in road contests this year.
"Today we played some of the worst doubles I've seen," third-year Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "Thankfully, the team rebounded well in singles to secured the win."
The Zips took five of the six singles matchups in straight sets and faced little resistance. Wisconsin-Milwaukee (9-5) won three games in two sets and four in another, but were held to one or two games in the nine remaining sets. Andrea Duva won a third-set tiebreaker at No. 6 to close out the day. She topped Maria Zompolas 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (4).
Akron continues its Spring Break road trip with a match against Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday at Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith, Ind. The Zips resume Mid-American Conference play at Ball State on Friday and at Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.
Zips Notebook: Today was the first meeting between the two programs ... UA's four-match stretch of winning the doubles point ended ... through 18 matches, the Zips have lost the doubles point six times (did not play doubles at USC on Jan. 26) ... Olga Shkundina won her fifth-straight singles contest ... today marked the sixth time this year she has played at No. 1 and first time since Feb. 1 versus Missouri ... Shkundina is 2-3 and had one unfinished match when listed at No. 1 in the singles lineup ... Angelina Jogasuria played at No. 2 singles for the third time this season, after lining up at No. 1 in the last eight outings.
Akron 6, Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1
1. Maddy Soule/Christina Colarossi (UWM) def. Prang Pantusart/Olga Shkundina (Akron) 8-6
2. Angelina Jogasuria/Madison Cohen (Akron) def. Kelly Fritz/Dana Shannon (UWM) 8-4
3. Chelsea Bailey/Brittany Skemp (UWM) def. Angelika Jogasuria/Signe Lazdina (Akron) 9-8 (4)
1. Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Maddy Soule (UWM) 6-3, 6-1
2. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) def. Dana Shannon (UWM) 6-1, 6-1
3. Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Chelsea Bailey (UWM) 6-2, 6-1
4. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) def. Christina Colarossi (UWM) 6-4, 6-1
5. Madison Cohen (Akron) def. Kristin Kurer (UWM) 6-1, 6-2
6. Andrea Duva (Akron) def. Maria Zompolas (UWM) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (4)
Order of finish:
Doubles – 2, 1, 3
Singles – 3, 5, 1, 2, 4, 6
Women's Tennis Downs Buffalo, 6-1
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's tennis team topped Mid-American Conference opponent Buffalo 6-1 Saturday afternoon at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.
The victory improves the Cardinals to 11-8 on the season and 2-1 in league action. Head women’s tennis coach Christine Bader has turnaround Ball State guiding the Cardinals to one of their best MAC starts in program history with the win over the Bulls.
Ball State got off to another strong start in doubles play, taking the first match after an 8-5 win from seniors Paola Rodriguez and Lauren Pickrel at No. 3 doubles. The point was then claimed after Bethany Moore paired up with Kristel Sanders to beat Laura Fernandez and Marta Stoyanova 8-5 at the No. 2 spot.
For the second time in league action Sanders clinched the winning match for the Cardinals after a three set victory over Gopika Kapoor at the No. 4 slot. Courtney Wild won in straight sets over Miranda Podlas improving her dual match record to 15-3 and 3-0 in the MAC. Courtney Earnest had a come from behind win over Tamara Markovic at the No. 2 position. On senior day Rodriguez not only won her doubles match but also pulled off a long three set match for the victory at the No. 3 spot.
The Ball State women's tennis team continues Mid-American Conference action at Bowling Green Friday at 1 p.m.
Women's Tennis Loses Close 4-3 MAC Match to Akron
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's tennis team (10-8, 1-1 MAC) lost a tough 4-3 Mid-American Conference match to Akron (13-6, 1-0 MAC) Friday afternoon at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
The afternoon started off great for the Cardinals as the senior duo of Lauren Pickrel and Paolo Rodriguez clinched the doubles point. Pickrel and Rodriguez came back from being down 4-2 to win 8-5 over the Zips Angelika Jogasuria and Ksenia Bereststetska.
Sophomore Courtney Wild continued her winning ways as she took down Angelina Jogasuria in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 1 position. Wild is now 14-3 in dual action and 2-0 in the MAC. Sanders also remained undefeated in league play with her 7-5, 6-1 No. 4 singles defeat over Angelika Jogasuria. Unfortunately the Zips would pull off four singles matches for the Akron victory.
BGSU Wins at Northern Illinois; Falcons improve to 13-2 on the season
The Bowling Green State University tennis team, coming off a loss for the first time in over two months, responded with a conference win on the road. The Falcons defeated Northern Illinois University, 5-2, on Friday afternoon (March 29) in Mid-American Conference match at the Huskie Tennis Courts.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 13-2 overall and 2-1 in the MAC. BGSU had won a school-record 12 consecutive matches before seeing that streak snapped last weekend vs. Eastern Michigan. Northern Illinois dropped to 14-5 overall and 0-3 in MAC action.
For the 14th consecutive match, the Falcons won the doubles point. And, for the third time in as many MAC matches, head coach Penny Dean's four seniors combined for a pair of doubles victories. BG's duos of Maddy Eccleston and Katie Grubb at the second flight and Mary Hill and Jade Johnson at the third level posted wins, with the Eccleston/Grubb team topping NIU's Haley Dekkinga and Arantza De La Torre by an 8-2 count, and the Hill/Johnson tandem dropping only three games in a win over Stephanie McDonald and Cristina Alvarez.
NIU's lone doubles win came at the top flight, where Nelle Youel and Mary Malkin defeated BGSU juniors Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland by an 8-3 final.
In singles play, however, the Falcons picked up wins in the first four matches to finish, building an insurmountable 5-0 lead before the Huskies salvaged a pair of points.
Eccleston made quick work of Malkin at the third flight, dropping only two total matches -- one in each set -- en route to BG's first singles win of the day. Then, freshman Katie Brozovich wrapped up a straight-sets win over De La Torre at the fourth flight. Brozovich won her two sets by identical 6-3 scores.
Brozovich's win extended her streak to 14 consecutive singles victories. She has not lost a singles match since Jan. 18 at nationally-ranked Notre Dame. Overall, the freshman has 20-straight matches (both singles and doubles) since that singles setback.
Chiricosta clinched the match victory for the Falcons with a straight-sets win over Dekkinga. The BG junior captured a close opening set by a 7-5 result, then closed out the win with a 6-2 second-set win at the second flight.
Hill was a winner over McDonald at the sixth flight. Like Chiricosta, Hill won a narrow first set before leaving no doubt about the second set's outcome. The BG co-captain reeled off wins in six consecutive games to capture that final set. Hill has won two of her last three singles matches, coinciding with the beginning of MAC play.
Both of NIU's wins required three sets, as Youel outlasted Reuland at the top flight and Alvarez got past Grubb at the fifth.
The Falcons return to action next weekend, returing to the road as well. BGSU continues a three-match road swing by taking on Akron on Friday (April 5) and Buffalo Saturday (April 6). The Falcons' next home match will be against Ball State on Friday, April 12.
BGSU 5, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 2
Fri., March 29, 2013 – Huskie Tennis Courts – DeKalb, Ill.
1 – Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Emily Reuland 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
2 – Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Haley Dekkinga 7-5, 6-2
3 – Maddy Eccleston (BGSU) def. Mary Malkin 6-1, 6-1
4 – Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Arantza De La Torre 6-3, 6-3
5 – Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Katie Grubb 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-4
6 – Mary Hill (BGSU) def. Stephanie McDonald 7-6(5), 6-0
1 – Youel/Malkin (NIU) def. Chiricosta/Reuland 8-3
2 – Eccleston/Grubb (BGSU) def. Dekkinga/De La Torre 8-2
3 – Hill/Jade Johnson (BGSU) def. McDonald/Alvarez 8-3
# – Brozovich/Drew Fillis (BGSU) def. NIU* 8-2
# exhibition; not included in final match scoring
* names not available
ORDER OF FINISH
Bulls Fall At Ball State, 6-1
MUNCIE, IN - Playing for the second straight day without their number one singles and doubles player in the lineup, the University at Buffalo women's tennis team fell on the road, this time to Ball State, 6-1. The loss drops the Bulls to 10-2 on the season and 1-2 in conference play.
The host Cardinals took the doubles point, but the Bulls did pick up a victory at first doubles as junior Miranda Podlas teamed up with freshman Gopika Kapoor for the first time, winning 8-4. Ball State won matches at second and third doubles.
In singles play, Ball State won matches at first, second, third, fourth and fifth singles, but three of those matches went into three sets. Senior Tamara Markovic played at second singles for the second straight day and won her second set before falling in the third, 7-5. Sophomore Laura Fernandez had nearly the identical match at third singles as she also won her second set before falling in the third, 7-5. Kapoor went three sets in her match, while Anamaria Candanoza lost a pair of 7-5 sets at fifth singles. The Bulls did pick up a point at sixth singles as junior Marta Stoyanova won her match in straight sets, 7-6 (6), 6-2.
The Bulls return home next weekend when they host Western Michigan on Friday afternoon at 1:00 pm.
Ball State 6, Buffalo 1
1. Courtney Wild (BSU) def. Miranda Podlas (BUFFALO) 6-0, 6-2
2. Courtney Earnest (BSU) def. Tamara Markovic (BUFFALO) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
3. Paola Rodriguez (BSU) def. Laura Fernandez (BUFFALO) 7-6 (9-8), 3-6, 7-5
4. Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Gopika Kapoor (BUFFALO) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
5. Bethany Moore (BSU) def. Anamaria Candanoza (BUFFALO) 7-5, 7-5
6. Marta Stoyanova (BUFFALO) def. Ashlyn Rang (BSU) 7-6 (8-6), 6-2
1. Gopika Kapoor/Miranda Podlas (BUFFALO) def. Courtney Earnest/Courtney Wild (BSU) 8-4
2. Bethany Moore/Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Tamara Markovic/Anamaria Candanoza (BUFFALO) 8-4
3. Lauren Pickrel/Paola Rodriguez (BSU) def. Laura Fernandez/Marta Stoyanova (BUFFALO) 8-5
UB Winning Streak Halted At Miami
OXFORD, OH - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team had it's 10-match winning streak snapped on Friday afternoon as they lost at Miami, 6-1. The loss drops UB to 10-1 on the season and 1-1 in the Mid-American Conference.
Miami took the doubles point winning all three matches. UB was closest at third doubles when Marta Stoyanova and Laura Fernandez lost 8-6. The loss was compounded by the fact that junior Tanvi Shah was forced to pull out of singles, moving everyone up in the lineup.
The RedHawks won matches at first, second, third, fourth and sixth singles in straight sets while the Bulls picked up a points at fifth singles as freshman Gopika Kapoor won her match, 6-4, 7-5. The injury forced several players to play spots in the lineup that they had not seen all year. Junior Miranda Podlas moved up to first singles for the first time in her career, while Tamara Markovic played at second singles for the first time.
The Bulls will remain on the road tomorrow afternoon when they face Ball State beginning at 1:00 pm.
Miami 6, Buffalo 1
1. Nimisha Mohan (MIAMI) def. Miranda Podlas (BUFFALO) 6-4, 6-2
2. Alix Thurman (MIAMI) def. Tamara Markovic (BUFFALO) 6-2, 6-2
3. Christiana Raymond (MIAMI) def. Laura Fernandez (BUFFALO) 6-1, 6-0
4. Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI) def. Anamaria Candanoza (BUFFALO) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Gopika Kapoor (BUFFALO) def. Ana Rajkovic (MIAMI) 6-4, 7-5
6. Ramona Costea (MIAMI) def. Marta Stoyanova (BUFFALO) 6-2, 6-1
1. Christine Guerrazzi/Ana Rajkovic (MIAMI) def. Miranda Podlas/Tanvi Shah (BUFFALO) 8-4
2. Nimisha Mohan/Alix Thurman (MIAMI) def. Anamaria Candanoza/Gopika Kapoor (BUFFALO) 8-1
3. Christiana Raymond/Ramona Costea (MIAMI) def. Marta Stoyanova/Laura Fernandez (BUFFALO) 8-6
Tennis Falls to Toledo in First Match at Wasik Complex
Eagles went 0-4 in tiebreakers in the 4-3 setback to the Rockets
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team's team hoped to christen its new courts at the Claudia Wasik Tennis Complex with a victory over the University of Toledo Saturday afternoon, March 30, but the Rockets made sure that did not happen. Toledo was 4-0 in set tie-breaks en route to a 4-3 victory.
Eastern Michigan dropped to 6-11 overall and 1-2 league action, while Toledo evened it record at 8-8 and 1-2 in the MAC.
"This was a tough loss," said Head Coach Ryan Ray. "Going 0-4 in set tiebreaks does not finish the job. Toledo was better than us today in the end. We will recover from this, get ready to work next week, and go on the road to play stronger next weekend."
Dedicated back in October 2012, the Wasik Tennis Complex is named after Claudia Wasik who enjoyed a long and illustrious career at EMU, as a student, professor, coach and mentor during her 32-year professional affiliation with the University. Wasik coached the EMU women's tennis team from 1979-80 through 1990-91 and recorded a 162-108 overall dual-meet record. She was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 1986-87 when she led the then-Hurons to a second-place finish and was also named league Coach of the Year in 1983-84.
Eastern Michigan returns to the road Friday, April 5, for a match at Ball State University followed by a Saturday, April 6, tilt at Miami University. First serve for both matches is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Toledo 4, Eastern Michigan 3
Mar 30, 2013 at Ypsilanti, Mich. (Claudia Wasik Tennis Complex)
1. Katelyn Nguyen (TOLEDO) def. Nino Mebuke (EMU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Klara Supejova (EMU) def. Pia Rygh (TOLEDO) 7-5, 6-0
3. Chrissy Coffman (TOLEDO) def. Ankita Bhatia (EMU) 3-6, 7-6, 7-6
4. Daphne Friedrichs (EMU) def. Lexy Pitt (TOLEDO) 6-2, 6-2
5. Emily Mazzola (TOLEDO) def. Zsofia Biro (EMU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6
6. Mariya Toncheva (EMU) def. Silvia Carvajal (TOLEDO) 6-4, 6-7, 6-1
1. Nino Mebuke/Klara Supejova (EMU) def. Emily Mazzola/Lexy Pitt (TOLEDO) 8-5
2. Mackenzie Bowman/Pia Rygh (TOLEDO) def. Ankita Bhatia/Mariya Toncheva (EMU) 8-6
3. Katelyn Nguyen/Silvia Carvajal (TOLEDO) def. Zsofia Biro/Daphne Friedrichs (EMU) 8-6
Toledo 8-8 (1-2 MAC)
Eastern Michigan 6-11 (1-2 MAC)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,2,4,5,6,3)
Tennis Tops Akron 6-1 for Weekend Sweep
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami avenged its 2012 MAC Championship finals loss to Akron on Saturday, taking five of six singles matches and the doubles point for a 6-1 victory at the Hepburn Courts. Combined with yesterday's triumph over Buffalo, the RedHawks have now won back-to-back matches for the first time this season.
In the teams' first meeting since Akron's epic 4-3 decision over Miami last April, the Zips started strong. They won the first five games at No. 1 doubles and cruised to an 8-1 victory. However, Miami (6-12, 2-1) had a similarly easy decision at No. 2. Alix Thurman and Nimisha Mohan broke a 1-1 tie by taking in six straight games en route to an 8-2 victory. That left the point to the No. 3 pairing, where Christiana Raymond and Ramona Costea opened with a 3-0 lead. But Akron struck back, evening the match at 3-3. The momentum turned, though, as the RedHawk duo won four straight, then answered an Akron game by closing out the match 8-4.
Mohan started out singles play on fire, winning seven straight games for a 6-0, 1-0 lead. Her opponent clawed back to take a 4-3 edge in the second, but Miami's No. 1 was not to be denied. She held serve and broke for 5-4, then gave Miami a 2-0 lead with the 6-4 win.
Christine Guerrazzi added to the scoring with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 4, bolting to 4-1 advantages in both sets. Costea sealed the victory with a 6-4, 6-2 decision at No. 6, her fourth straight win.
The final three matches all went three sets and were decided by super-tiebreakers. Thurman grabbed a 6-2 win in the first set at No. 2, then after falling 4-6 in the second, posted a 1-0 (10-5) victory. No. 3 Raymond went the opposite route, falling 6-2 in the first before rebounding for 6-3 and 1-0 (10-8) wins.
Akron, which fell to 14-7 (2-1) by having its seven-game winning streak snapped, gained its only point in the final match. Ksenia Berestetska fought off Ana Rajkovic's rally at No. 5, 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 1-0 (10-5).
Miami closes out its 2013 home schedule next weekend when Eastern Michigan and Toledo visit Oxford. The matches start at 1 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Tennis Rebounds for 6-1 Win over Buffalo
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami rebounded from its first regular-season conference loss in 34 matches last weekend with a resounding 6-1 victory over Buffalo Friday afternoon at the Hepburn Courts. The outcome snapped a six-match losing streak for the RedHawks (5-12, 1-1), while the Bulls suffered their first defeat in 11 dual matches this year.
Playing outdoors for the first time at home this season -- and only third time overall -- Miami claimed the doubles point by sweeping the Bulls. Nimisha Mohan and Alix Thurman rolled to an 8-1 victory at No. 2, before Christine Guerrazzi and Ana Rajkovic won five of the last six games in an 8-4 decision at No. 1. The RedHawks' No. 3 team of Ramona Costea and Christiana Raymond rallied from a 4-3 deficit to win 8-6.
The Bulls (10-1, 1-1) were forced to juggle their singles lineup when their No. 1 player, Tanvi Shah, had an issue with her back during doubles play. Miami took advantage of the change, taking five of the six single matches. Raymond dropped just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 3 and Costea earned a 6-2, 6-1 decision at No. 6.
Thurman clinched the team victory with a 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 2, while Mohan fell behind 4-1 in the first set before rallying 6-4, 6-2. Guerrazzi posted the RedHawks' other win at No. 4, taking her first set 6-2, then needing to come from behind in the second 7-6 (8-6).
Buffalo earned its only point at No. 5, edging out Rajkovic 6-4, 7-5.
Women's Tennis Drops 6-1 Decision to Western Michigan
NIU's Nelle Youel Continues Winning Ways
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois' No. 1 player Nelle Youel (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake Central HS) improved her singles record to 18-2 on the season to record the Huskies' lone victory in a 6-1 loss to Western Michigan Saturday at the Huskie Tennis Courts in DeKalb.
Youel and the Broncos' Nina Sujashvili split the first two sets, with Youel taking the first set 6-3 before Sujashvili evened the match with a 6-4 win in the second set. Youel outlasted the WMU player in the super tie-breaker, 10-7 to claim her second win of the weekend.
The Huskies played tough in every match on the day. NIU's Stephanie McDonald fell 13-11 in the third set super tie-breaker to drop her match at No. 6 singles, while Arantza De La Torre narrowly missed sending her match at No. 4 singles to a third set, falling 7-6 in the second set.
Northern Illinois also played tough in doubles in the team's second match with its current doubles line-up. The new No. 1 and No. 2 duos both dropped 8-4 decisions as NIU lost the doubles point.
NIU Head Coach Ryun Ferrell was encouraged by what he saw from the Huskies Saturday.
"We played the best we have played so far this conference season," Ferrell said. "We had so many chances, it gives me confidence that sooner or later we will bust through. We will continue to work and train hard and the fight will continue to get easier for us."
Northern Illinois is now 14-6 overall, 0-4 in the Mid-American Conference, while Western Michigan improved to 10-9, 3-0. NIU will take next weekend off before opening the second half of the MAC regular season Friday, April 12 at Toledo.
Western Michigan 6, Northern Illinois 1; DeKalb, Ill.
1. Kathleen Hawkins/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Nelle Youel/Mary Malkin (NIU), 8-4
2. Nina Sujashvili / Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Haley Dekkinga/Arantza De La Torre (NIU), 8-4
3. Jill Pastunink / Kelsey King (WMU) def. Stephanie McDonald/Cristina Alvarez (NIU), 8-5
1. Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Nina Sujashvili (WMU), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
2. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU), 6-4, 6-2
3. Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Mary Malkin (NIU), 6-4, 6-4
4. Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU), 6-0, 7-6
5. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Cristina Alvarez (NIU). 7-5, 6-2
6. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Stephanie McDonald (NIU), 4-6 , 6-4, 1-0 (13-11)
Huskie Women's Tennis Team Falls to Bowling Green
NIU's Youel and Alvarez Earn Singles Wins
DeKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois won a pair of singles and one doubles match, marking the first time NIU has won multiple matches in Mid-American Conference play this season, but the Huskies dropped a 5-2 decision to Bowling Green Friday at the Huskie Tennis Courts in DeKalb.
Northern Illinois fell to 14-5 overall and 0-3 versus the MAC with the loss, while Bowling Green improved to 13-2, 2-1 in the league.
In NIU's first home outdoor match of the year, the Huskies' Nelle Youel claimed a three-set win over Bowling Green's Emily Reuland at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, to improve her season singles record to 17-2. At No. 5 singles, NIU freshman Cristina Alvarez earned her first career MAC win with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 decision over the Falcons' Katie Grubb.
The Huskies also got a win at No. 1 doubles as the duo of Youel and Mary Malkin defeated BG's Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland, 8-3. Bowling Green claimed the doubles point as they won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
Northern Illinois Head Coach Ryun Ferrell said with a line-up featuring a freshman, four sophomores and one junior, his young team is learning what it takes to win in the Mid-American Conference.
"We took a big step forward [Friday]," Ferrell said. "Although we lost, we really started figuring out what it will take to compete and win in this league. [Saturday] is a new day and we can't wait to take those lessons and apply them in our next match."
The Huskies take on Western Michigan (9-9, 2-0 MAC) beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Huskie Tennis Courts, weather permitting. In case of cold temperatures or windy conditions, matches will be moved to the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill. (4000 St. Francis Drive).
Bowling Green 5, Northern Illinois 2; DeKalb, Ill.
1. Nelle Youel/Mary Malkin (NIU) def. Nikki Chiricosta / Emily Reuland (BGSU), 8-3
2. Maddy Eccleston / Katie Grubb (BGSU) def. Haley Dekkinga/Arantza De La Torre (NIU), 8-2
3. Mary Hill / Jade Johnson (BGSU) def. Stephanie McDonald/Cristina Alvarez (NIU), 8-3
Order of Finish: 2,3,1
1. Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Emily Reuland (BGSU), 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
2. Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU), 7-5, 6-2
3. Maddy Eccleston (BGSU) def. Mary Malkin (NIU), 6-1, 6-1
4. Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU), 6-4, 6-3
5. Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Katie Grubb (BGSU) 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4
6. Mary Hill (BGSU) def, Stephanie McDonald (NIU), 7-6 (5), 6-0
Order of Finish: 3,4,2,6,1,5
Rockets Win First League Match 4-3 Over Eagles in Marathon
YPSILANTI, MI - The Toledo women's tennis team recorded its first win in Mid-American Conference play this season by defeating the Eagles of Eastern Michigan 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. The first meeting between the two schools this spring was tightly contested and turned into a marathon, lasting four hours and forty-five minutes at the Claudia Wasik Tennis Complex. With the win, UT improves to 7-9 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
"We had such a great team effort today," UT head coach Tracy Mauntler said. "The doubles point was key, but I was so proud of the battle in singles."
The Midnight Blue & Gold gained the early advantage by claiming the team point in doubles competition. Freshman Mackenzie Bowman and sophomore Pia Rygh teamed up for an 8-6 triumph at No. 2 doubles, while freshman Katelyn Nguyen and senior Silvia Carvajal took the third doubles match by the same score.
The teams were evenly matched during singles play, as each squad recorded three points.
Nguyen stepped up in the top flight and notched her first career MAC victory in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1.
"This was a huge win for Katelyn," Maunter said. "Her improvement since the beginning of the season has been steady and she really deserved a big singles win."
Eastern Michigan answered with back-to-back points at No. 2 and No. 4 singles to even the score, and looked as if it would take the lead after gaining match point on UT freshman Emily Mazzola in the fifth position. Mazzola fought back in the third-set tiebreaker and ended up on top for a momentum-shifter, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.
The Eagles came right back with a three-set win over Carvajal at No. 6 singles, leading to a battle at No. 3 between junior Chrissy Coffman and EMU's Ankita Bhatia for the match decision. Bhatia took the first set 3-6, but Coffman broke through with a pair of tiebreakers in the next two for the match clincher.
Mauntler on Coffman's performance: "Chrissy is definitely someone who you want on the court when the pressure is on. She played really aggressive and that helped her come out on top."
UT continues league play when it travels to Ball State on Friday, April 5 in Muncie, IN and Miami (OH) on Saturday, April 6 in Oxford, OH. Both matches will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Broncos Extend Win Streak with Win Over Huskies
DeKALB, Ill. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team extended their win streak to three matches, as the Broncos defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies 6-1 to remain unbeaten in Mid-American Conference play. With the win, the Broncos improve to 10-9 on the season, 3-0 in MAC play.
The Broncos' 3-0 record in MAC play represents the first time since the 2009 season the team has won as many as three matches to open the conference season; that year the Broncos went 4-0 to open the conference slate. That team reached the finals of the conference tournament.
Western Michigan opened the match with a sweep in doubles play, earning wins at all three positions. Kathleen Hawkins and Caroline Aleck earned their team-leading eighth win as a doubles pairing of the season, beating Nelle Youel and Mary Malkin 8-4 in the No. 1 doubles match. Maggie Remynse and Nini Sujashvili won their third straight doubles match as a duo, beating Haley Dekkinga and Arantza De La Torre 8-4 in the No. 2 doubles match, and Jill Pastunink and Kelsey King completed the sweep with an 8-5 win over Stephanie McDonald and Cristina Alvarez.
The Broncos were nearly as dominant in singles play, winning five of six singles matches to clinch the victory. Remynse defeated Dekkinga 6-4, 6-2 in No. 2 singles play for her second straigth singles victory, while Hawkins posted her second straight singles win with a 6-0, 7-6 defeat of De La Torre. King was the third Bronco to earn her second straight singles win, beating Stephanie McDonald 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11) at No. 6 singles.
Caroline Aleck downed Alvarez 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 5 singles match, and Jill Pastunink rouneded out the scoring for the Broncos with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Malkin.
Western Michigan University 6, Northern Illinois 1
Mar 30, 2013 at DeKalb, Ill. (NIU Tennis Courts)
1. Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
2. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU) 6-4, 6-2
3. Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Mary Malkin (NIU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 6-0, 7-6
5. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Cristina Alvarez (NIU) 7-5, 6-2
6. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Stephanie McDonald (NIU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (13-11)
1. Kathleen Hawkins/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Nelle Youel/Mary Malkin (NIU) 8-4
2. Maggie Remynse/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Haley Dekkinga/Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 8-4
3. Jill Pastunink/Kelsey King (WMU) def. Stephanie McDonald/Cristina Alvarez (NIU) 8-5