MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MAC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week
Nimisha Mohan, Miami – Junior, Bangalore, India
Miami junior Nimisha Mohan went undefeated in all four of her matches this week (2-0 at No. 1 singles, 2-0 at No. 2 doubles). Mohan was a part of two critical matches for the RedHawks in wins over Western Michigan (5-2) and Bowling Green (4-3). Mohan teamed with Alix Thurman for an 8-6 win over the Broncos on Friday, giving Miami the doubles point. In the match, Miami trailed 4-3, but won two straight games to lead 5-4 and after the teams were tied 5-5 and 6-6, Miami won the next two games. Mohan won her singles match on Saturday after trailing 6-4, 5-4, and she forced a tiebreaker in the second set, winning 7-5, then took the first three games of the deciding set en route to a 6-2 final. The decision gave Miami a 4-3 match win and at least a share of the Mid-American Conference title for the fifth straight year. Mohan’s other wins came 6-4, 7-5 on Friday at Western Michigan and 8-6 in doubles on Saturday at Bowling Green.
Courtney Earnest, Ball State – Freshman, Lexington, Ohio
Ball State freshman Courtney Earnest posted a 4-0 MAC record last weekend which improved her overall league mark to 5-2 in both singles and doubles. At the No.2 position Earnest managed straight set victories over Bowling Green’s Emily Reuland and Western Michigan’s Maggie Remynse. Earnest also won at No. 1 doubles capturing 8-5 defeats over the Falcons and the Broncos. Earnest helped the Cardinals pull off a 4-3 thriller at Western Michigan Saturday. The win over the Broncos is the third in program history for the Cardinals.
Mary Hill, Bowling Green – Senior, Munster, Ind. (Munster High School)
Bowling Green senior co-captain Mary Hill was a perfect 4-0 last weekend, as the Falcons split a pair of matches. Bowling Green defeated Ball State, 6-1, before dropping a five-hour marathon match to Miami, 4-3. On Friday vs. Ball State, Hill combined with fellow senior Jade Johnson for an 8-2 win at the third doubles flight, then defeated the Cardinals’ Ashlyn Rang (6-1, 6-3) at the sixth singles flight to give the Falcons their third point en route to the win. The next day, Hill and Johnson again combined for a victory at No. 3 doubles, 8-4. The Hill/Johnson duo is now a perfect 7-0 in MAC matches, and they are 14-3 on the season. For the second-straight day, Hill dropped only four games in her sweep at the sixth singles flight, as she downed Miami’s Ramona Costea, 6-3, 6-1. On the year, Hill has an overall record of 33-22. Hill, in just her third year at Bowling Green, has moved into the school’s all-time top 20 in overall wins. She is deadlocked for 19th with 126 combined career victories.
Nino Mebuke, Eastern Michigan – Junior, Tbilisi, Georgia
Eastern Michigan junior Nino Mebuke teamed with Klara Supejova at No. 1 doubles to post an 8-1 win over Northern Illinois Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre and then followed it up as Mebuke cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Haley Dekkinga.
Kelsey King, Western Michigan – Freshman, Vancouver, B.C.
Western Michigan freshman Kelsey King posted a 3-1 record last weekend, winning both of her singles matches and teaming with Jill Pastunink to take a doubles match against Ball State on Saturday. King defeated Miami's Ramona Costea 7-5, 6-4 in the Broncos' match against Miami on Friday, coming back from an early deficit to improve to 4-2 in conference singles on the season. King was undefeated in the match against Ball State on Saturday; she teamed with Pastunink to beat Ashlyn Rang and Lauren Pickrel 8-5 to help clinch the doubles point in the match, and the freshman went on to beat Rang 6-4, 7-5 in No. 6 singles action. King leads the Broncos with an 18-16 singles record, including a 14-8 record in dual matches and a 5-2 record in conference play. King also owns a 5-2 record in conference doubles matches, teaming with Pastunink.