Here is a preview toward this weekend's MAC women's tennis action.
Women's Tennis Takes on Bowling Green, Western Michigan in Season's Final Homestand
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's tennis team plays host to Mid-American Conference foes Bowling Green and Western Michigan on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Friday's match against the Falcons is scheduled to be played indoors at LaTuchie Tennis Center in nearby Stow (driving directions), while Saturday's meeting with the Broncos will be held outdoors at Springside Racquet Club in nearby Fairlawn (driving directions). Both contests are set for a 1 p.m. ET first serve.
Saturday will be Senior Day for Angelika Jogasuria, Angelina Jogasuria and Prang Pantusart, with all three being honored prior to that day's match against Western Michigan.
Akron enters the weekend with a record of 14-7 in dual-match play and a 2-1 mark against MAC opponents. The Zips are one of four squads tied for second place in the league standings as Ball State, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio) are each 2-1 in conference play. Western Michigan has a 3-0 record against the MAC.
UA comes off a 6-1 loss at Miami last Saturday, which ended the Zips' seven-match win streak. The program has won 13 of its last 15 contests, and six of its seven defeats this season were to teams ranked in the ITA's top 75 at the time of the match.
The Zips' doubles pair of Pantusart and Angelina Jogasuria is ranked 65th nationally and owns a 14-0 record this season. Ksenia Berestetska, who plays at the No. 4 and 5 singles spot in the lineup, has won six-straight singles matches.
Akron was picked to capture both the 2013 regular-season title and league tournament championship in a preseason poll released by the conference office on March 8, and is the two-time defending league tournament champion.
Tennis Set to Host Three MAC Matches This Weekend
First Serve: Ball State women's tennis (11-8) will host two Mid-American Conference matches at home this weekend, facing Toledo on Friday and Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Both matches will be at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center starting at 1 p.m Ball State has started league action with a 2-1 record its best start to league play since 2004. Leading Ball State is sophomore Courtney Wild who plays at the No. 1 position with a dual mark of 16-3 while remaining undefeated (3-0) in conference play. For her career, Wild owns a 7-4 mark against league opponents.
Next Up: The Ball State women's tennis team will close out Mid-American Conference regular season play on the road at Bowling Green (April 12), Western Michigan (April 13) and Northern Illinois (April 19) before hosting the 2013 MAC Women's Tennis Tournament (April 26-28).
BGSU Heads East for Weekend MAC Matchups; Falcons take on Akron, Buffalo on back-to-back days
The Bowling Green State University tennis team concludes a three-match road swing with a pair of Mid-American Conference dual matches this weekend. The Falcons of head coach Penny Dean will face the University of Akron on Friday (April 5), then will continue on to Western New York for a Saturday (April 6) matchup with the University at Buffalo. Both duals are scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m., with Friday's UA match scheduled to be held at LaTuchie Tennis Center in Stow, Ohio, and Saturday's UB dual will be played at the University Tennis Courts. In the event of inclement weather on Saturday, the Falcons and Bulls would move indoors to the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville, N.Y.
BGSU enters the weekend with a record of 13-2 in dual-match play, and the Falcons are 2-1 in MAC action. BG is one of four teams currently tied for second place in the MAC standings, as UA, Ball State and Miami each are 2-1 in league play as well. Western Michigan is off to a 3-0 start in conference matches.
The Falcons played just one match last weekend, heading to the MAC's 'West Coast' and posting a 5-2 win over Northern Illinois on Friday afternoon (March 29). Senior co-captains Maddy Eccleston and Mary Hill led the way against the Huskies, winning in both singles and doubles. Freshman Katie Brozovich also won a pair of matches at NIU, although her doubles match did not count in the final match scoring.
Eccleston lost only four total games (while winning 20) in her singles and doubles matches vs. the Huskies. BGSU's all-time leader in doubles wins, she now has 92 career doubles victories. Eccleston, who broke the record of 89 set by Christine Chiricosta (2008-11), has won six consecutive doubles matches and 13 of her last 14.
Eccleston teamed with Christine Chiricosta for 44 victories during the two years that both players were on the BG roster. Eccleston and fellow 2012-13 senior Katie Grubb now are 25-8 as a duo, including an 18-5 mark this season and an 11-2 record since the start of dual-match play in mid-January.
The win over NIU was the 50th dual-match win since BGSU's four seniors – Eccleston, Grubb, Hill and Jade Johnson – arrived on campus. The Falcons are 50-30 (62.5%) in that time. The school record for wins in a four-year span is 55, set by the 2007-08 senior class and matched by the '08-09 and '10-11 classes.
This weekend, the 2012-13 Falcons will be looking to continue a trend that has led to success much more often than not. BGSU has captured the doubles point in 14 consecutive matches, and the Falcon competitors have a combined record of 34-8 during that time. BG tandems are 9-5 at the top doubles flight, 13-1 at the second and 12-2 at the third flight during that 14-match span.
BGSU has won the doubles point in 14 of this season's 15 dual matches, after turning that trick 13 times in last season's 20 duals. In the last three-plus years (since the current senior class came to BG), the Falcons have won the doubles point 57 times and lost the point 23 times. In MAC regular-season matches in that time, BG has won the doubles point 19 times and lost it eight times.
In each of the Falcons' three MAC matches this season to date, Dean and assistant coach Cindy Yonker have seen those four seniors combine to pick up doubles wins at the bottom two flights. Eccleston and Grubb have posted five consecutive victories at the second flight, while Hill and Johnson have combined to win each of their first three MAC matches in third-flight action.
On the season, the Hill/Johnson team has gone 10-3. All but one of those matches has come in dual-match play. As mentioned, Eccleston and Grubb are 18-5 on the year and 11-2 since the start of the dual-match schedule.
BGSU's two juniors, Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland, have teamed up to go 20-9 this year, but that duo is looking to reverse a three-match losing streak at the top doubles flight. Chiricosta and Reuland have gone 8-5 overall in dual matches, with all but two of those 13 matches having come at the number-one flight.
Chiricosta and Reuland rank one-two on the team in total wins, as Chiricosta is now 46-16 on the season, while Reuland is 42-20. Brozovich and Grubb have 38 wins apiece, and both players – like Chiricosta and Reuland – have won more than two-thirds of their overall matches. Chiricosta has a winning percentage of 74.2% in 2012-13, with Grubb at 73.1% (38-14), Brozovich 71.7% (38-15) and Reuland 67.7%.
Freshman Drew Fillis also has won over two-thirds of the time in her first season as a Falcon. She has an overall record of 23-10 to date, good for a winning percentage of 69.7%.
Eccleston ranks fifth on the Falcons in overall wins with a 35-20 record this year, good for a 63.6% success rate. Both Johnson and Hill have 27 victories apiece.
In fact, all eight players on the BGSU roster have at least 23 total wins, and every Falcon is at least seven games over .500, with seven of the eight players at least 10 games above the break-even mark.
Chiricosta and Brozovich each have 23 singles wins, while Reuland has 19. In doubles, both Eccleston has a 23-8 record, and both Chiricosta and Reuland are 23-10. Grubb has a stellar 21-5 doubles mark this season, while Johnson is 21-7, Fillis 16-5, Hill 16-8 and Brozovich 15-7. Every player on the team has won at least two-thirds of her doubles matches this year.
Brozovich has captured 14 consecutive singles matches since her last loss back on Jan. 18. Overall, she has won 21 matches in a row since that singles setback. Eccleston has won six consecutive doubles contests, while Grubb has been a winner in five doubles matches in a row.
In doubles, school record-holder Eccleston, as mentioned, now has 92 career wins. Chiricosta, just a junior, is tied for 10th with 70 victories, while Grubb is deadlocked for 13th with 68. Hill and Johnson are tied for 16th on that list with 65 career doubles victories, while Reuland, just one win behind that duo, ranks 18th in BGSU history.
Chiricosta is 11th on the BGSU singles wins list, with 74, while Eccleston is 14th with 70 victories. Reuland is 17th with 67 career singles wins, with Grubb and Hill tied for 23rd with 55 victories apiece.
Eccleston is second on the BGSU combined career wins list, with a total of 162 victories as a Falcon. Christine Chiricosta holds that BG record, with 178 total wins as a Falcon.
All four BGSU seniors and both Falcon juniors are on the list of the top-30 players in school history in combined career wins, with Chiricosta seventh (144), Reuland deadlocked for 13th (131), Grubb tied for 20th (123), Hill 23rd (120) and Johnson 29th (96). All three lists can be found on page eight of these notes.
Akron enters Friday's match with an overall record of 14-7, and the Zips – like the Falcons – are 2-1 in MAC action to date. Six of the team's seven losses have come to teams ranked among the top-75 schools in the ITA rankings at the time of the match, and the Zips' seventh setback came on Saturday (March 30) against Miami. UA has MAC wins over Northern Illinois at home and Ball State on the road. Last season, the Zips finished second in the MAC regular-season standings for the second consecutive year, but went on to win the league tournament crown, also for the second-straight spring. UA had an overall record of 24-4 and a 7-1 MAC ledger in 2011-12.
Buffalo is 10-2 overall, and the Bulls are 1-2 in MAC action heading into a Friday home match vs. Western Michigan. UB got off to a 10-0 start in dual-match play, capped by a win over Northern Illinois in the league opener. But, the Bulls dropped a pair of 6-1 decisions on the road against Miami and BSU last weekend. UB enters Friday's WMU match with a perfect 8-0 record at home this season. Last weekend's two losses came after junior Tanvi Shah missed the singles portion of the MU match and the entirety of the BSU match due to injury. Last season, Buffalo went 7-12 overall and 3-5 in MAC action.
In the MAC's preseason coaches poll, Akron was picked to win both the regular-season and tournament titles in 2013. The Falcons were tabbed to finish third and Buffalo sixth in the regular-season standings.
BGSU leads Akron, 25-7, in the all-time series between the teams, but the Zips have won five-straight meetings. Last season, UA captured a 7-0 victory over the Falcons at the Perrysburg Tennis center (March 31, 2012). Two years ago, in the Falcons' last trip to Northeast Ohio, BG took an early lead, but the Zips rallied back for a 5-2 win (March 26, 2011). BGSU had won 16-straight series matchups against the Zips before a 6-1 UA win four years ago (April 10, 2009). Prior to the current streak, UA's only two series wins had come in back-to-back seasons, 1991-92 and 1992-93. BGSU is 13-4 in home matches, 10-2 on the road and 2-1 in neutral-site contests vs. the Zips over the years.
The Falcons lead Buffalo, 13-3, in that series, and BG has captured two consecutive meetings. Last season, the Brown and Orange pulled out a 4-3 victory at the PTC (March 30, 2012). Prior to that meeting, the visiting team had won three consecutive matchups, including a 5-2 BGSU victory two years ago (March 25, 2011). BGSU captured the first nine series meetings, UB won the next two, and the Falcons then picked up two-straight victories before Buffalo's win three years ago.
Following this weekend's matches, the Falcons will return home for the final time this season. BGSU will meet Ball State on Friday, April 12, before facing Miami the following day (Sat., April 13). The MU match will be Senior Day for the Falcon program, with BG's four seniors – Eccleston, Grubb, Hill and Johnson – recognized in ceremonies prior to the match.
Then, BGSU will end the regular season on the road vs. Western Michigan (April 20). The MAC Championships will be April 26-28 in Muncie, Ind.
Bulls Begin Three-Match Homestand Friday Afternoon
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team begins a three-match homestand Friday afternoon against Western Michigan, beginning the final three home matches of the season for the Bulls. UB will also host Bowling Green on Saturday afternoon before facing Akron next weekend. These matches will either be played at the University Tennis Center on campus or at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville, depending on the weather.
Buffalo is coming off its first two losses of the season last weekend, dropping decisions at Miami and Ball State. The Bulls, who are still 10-2 on the year, were playing without their top singles and doubles player, who was out with injury. Multiple players were playing in different spots in the lineup for the first time in their careers, including junior Miranda Podlas, who played at #1 singles for the first time in her career. Freshman Gopika Kapoor picked up a singles victory in the match against the RedHawks, while junior Marta Stoyanova won in her match against Ball State.
Western Michigan enters the weekend 10-9 on the year, but a perfect 3-0 in conference play with wins over Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Northern Illinois. The Falcons, who will face Akron on Friday afternoon, enter the weekend with a 13-2 record and a 2-1 mark in conference play. The Falcons have victories over Toledo and NIU, but did lose 4-3 to Eastern Michigan.
Please stay tuned to Buffalobulls.com and follow @UBAthletics on Twitter for updates to the weekend schedule.
Tennis Heads Out For Final Regular Season Road Trip; Eagles to play Miami, April 5, and Ball State, April 6
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team embarks on its final regular season road trip of the 2012-13 campaign this week. The Green and White open with a Friday, April 5, match at Ball State University followed by a Saturday, April 6, tilt at Miami University. First serve for both Mid-American Conference matches is scheduled for 1 p.m.
EMU enters the weekend with a record of 6-11 (1-2 MAC) following a 4-3 setback to Toledo, March 30, at the Claudia Wasik Tennis Complex. The Eagles are looking to regain their winning ways, having lost five of their last six contests.
The RedHawks are 6-12 (2-1 MAC) on the season and are coming in riding high following a 6-1 victrory over MAC preseason favorite Akron, March 30, at Hepburn Courts in Oxford, Ohio. Miami also has a league victory over Buffalo with the lone setback coming against Ball State.
Meanwhile, Ball State is 11-8 (2-1 MAC) having won four of its last five matches, including a 6-1 decision over Buffalo, March 30. The Cardinals knocked off Miami, March 23, but came up short against Akron, March 29.
Eastern Michigan then returns home to host Northern Illinois, April 13, Buffalo, April 19, and Akron, April 20, before the 2013 MAC Tournament, April 25-28, in Muncie, Ind.
Tennis Plays Final Home Matches of 2013
OXFORD, Ohio -- The Miami tennis team wraps up its 2013 home schedule this weekend with a pair of matches against Mid-American Conference rivals. The RedHawks face Eastern Michigan on Friday and Toledo on Saturday at the Hepburn Courts. Both matches begin at 1 p.m.
Miami (6-12, 2-1) is coming off a sweep of Buffalo and Akron last weekend, both by 6-1 scores. Junior Nimisha Mohan won all four of her matches, playing No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles. Sophomore Ramona Costea has won her last four outings in singles play. Mohan holds a 19-9 record this year, including 11-7 in dual matches. Alix Thurman has 18 wins overall and is 7-2 at the No. 2 position.
Eastern Michigan enters the weekend with a record of 6-11 overall and 1-2 in league play. Klara Supejova has been the Eagles' star player this year, holding a 23-7 overall mark, including 13-4 in dual matches (all at No. 2).
Toledo stands 7-9, 1-2 after a 4-3 triumph over Eastern Michigan last Saturday. The Rockets are in action Friday at Ball State before traveling to Oxford. They are led by Chrissy Coffman and Emily Mazzola, who sport overall records of 8-8 and 7-6, respectively, during the dual match schedule. Both are 2-1 in league play.
The Northern Illinois women's tennis team is idle this weekend. Matches will resume next weekend with trips to Toledo on Friday, April 12 and at Eastern Michigan on Saturday, April 13.
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Rockets Continue League Play at Ball State and Miami This Weekend
Toledo, OH - The Toledo women's tennis team will continue its tour through the Mid-American Conference with two road matches this weekend. The Rockets (7-9, 1-2 MAC) will take on Ball State (11-8, 2-1 MAC) on Friday, April 5 at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center in Muncie, IN, and move on to challenge Miami (6-12, 2-1 MAC) less than 24 hours later in Oxford, OH at the Hepburn Courts. Both matches are slated for 1:00 p.m. start times.
The Midnight Blue & Gold captured its first conference win last Saturday at Eastern Michigan with a 4-3 triumph in a marathon match that lasted four hours and forty-five minutes. Freshman Katelyn Nguyen earned her first-career win at No. 1 singles and helped UT claim the doubles point with a win in the No. 3 position.
Both teams went back and forth, as the match decision came down to a matchup between UT's Chrissy Coffman and EMU's Ankita Bhatia at No. 3 singles. Bhatia took the first set 6-3, but Coffman responded with back-to-back tiebreaking wins to clinch the match.
Coffman and freshman Emily Mazzola have been the top performers for UT this spring. Coffman is 8-8 overall in dual action with a 6-2 mark at No. 3 singles, while Mazzola sports an overall mark of 7-6 and 4-2 ledger at No. 5 singles. Both are 2-1 in league play.
In doubles competition, Nguyen and senior Silvia Carvajal have racked up the most wins at 7-5 from the third flight. The tandem of Mazzola and sophomore Lexy Pitt are 4-2 this spring, including a 3-2 mark from the top flight. Those two also have the most wins in conference play at 2-1.
This weekend will have a major impact in the conference standings as four teams currently stand tied for second place, including Toledo's two opponents. The Rockets are tied for sixth with Buffalo (10-2, 1-2 MAC) and and EMU (6-11, 1-2 MAC).
Ball State is off to its best start in league play since 2004. The Cardinals are coming off a win over Buffalo last Saturday, and are led by Sophomore Courtney Wild at the No. 1 position with a dual mark of 16-3. The reigning MAC Player of the Week is undefeated (3-0) in conference play.
Miami avenged its 2012 MAC Championship finals loss to Akron last Saturday and defeated Buffalo on Friday to win back-to-back matches for the first time this season. Nimisha Mahon is 3-3 at the top spot while going 19-9 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Following this weekend, Toledo will wrap up the conference schedule with three consecutive home matches. Northern Illinois will come to the Glass City next Friday, April 12 for a 1:00 p.m. match at the UT Varsity Tennis Courts.
Broncos Face MAC Road Swing Against Buffalo, Akron
Western Michigan Broncos (10-9, 3-0 MAC) at Buffalo Bulls (10-2, 1-2 MAC); Friday, April 5 // 1 p.m.; Buffalo, N.Y.
Western Michigan Broncos at Akron Zips (14-7, 2-1 MAC); Saturday, April 6 // 1 p.m.; Akron, Ohio
THE SERIES: This will be the 20th meeting between Western Michigan and Buffalo, with the Broncos holding a 16-3 advantage in the all-time series against the Bulls. The teams split two meetings last season, with the Bulls beating the Broncos 5-2 at West Hills Athletic Club in the regular season. The Broncos took the meeting that mattered, however, beating the Bulls 4-3 in the first round of the 2012 MAC Tournament hosted by Northern Illinois. Maggie Remynse tied the match at 3-3 with a win at the No. 2 singles position, and Caroline Aleck clinched the Broncos' match win by beating Kira Golenko in the No. 5 singles match.
This will be the 27th meeting between Western Michigan and Akron, with the Broncos holding a 21-5 edge in the all-time series against the Zips. The Zips have won the last four meetings between the two teams, though, and four of the last five. The last time the Broncos defeated Akron was in the 2010 MAC Tournament semifinals; Jill Pastunink was among the Broncos who recorded a win that day, winning in the No. 6 singles match. The Zips took last year's meeting in the MAC Tournament 4-0.
BEST START SINCE 2009: The Broncos enter this weekend's matches with a 3-0 record in conference play, a start that represents their best since the 2009 MAC season. The Broncos opened the conference slate 4-0 that season before falling to Buffalo on the road.
REMYNSE LEADS THE WAY: Senior Maggie Remynse is having a strong bounce-back season in 2013, and ranks as one of the most consistent Broncos so far this season. Remynse has a team-best 17-14 record in singles play, as well as an 11-7 record in dual matches. She has been even better in conference doubles play, winning all three of her doubles matches since MAC play began.
KING OUT TO STRONG START: Freshman Kelsey King has been one of the many bright spots for the Broncos this season, as the first-year player has stepped in and shown the ability to battle through tough matches to earn key victories. King is third on the team with 15 singles victories in 2013, and is one of a handful of Broncos to boast a 3-0 record in MAC doubles play this season; she and Pastunink have been undefeated as a pairing in the conference season, and boast a 5-2 record in dual match doubles play.