MAC Women's Tennis Scoreboard:
Friday, January 24, 2014:
Ball State 6, Oakland 1
Eastern Michigan 7, Butler 0
Northern Illinois 5, Lewis 2
Toledo 5, Duquesne 2
Saturday, January 25, 2014:
Akron 6, Cleveland State 1
Buffalo 7, St. Bonaventure 0
Eastern Michigan 5, IPFW 2
Eastern Michigan 5, Oakland 2
Western Michigan 7, Butler 0
Western Michigan 6, Chicago State 1
Sunday, January 26, 2014:
Ball State 4, Michigan State 3
Bowling Green 6, Youngstown State 1
Miami 4, Xavier 3
Here is a review of this weekend's MAC Women's Tennis action.
Women's Tennis Moves Past Cleveland State 6-1, Improves to 5-0
WESTLAKE, Ohio – The University of Akron women's tennis team improved its season-opening win streak to five matches behind a 6-1 road victory over Cleveland State on Saturday night at Paramount Tennis Club. The Zips (5-0) claimed the doubles point with a win at two of the three flights, then were victorious at five of six singles positions on the way to their sixth-straight decision over the Vikings (0-2).
In doubles, Olga Shkundina and Shannon Newnes defeated Kara Sherwood and Alex Bush 6-3 at No. 1, while Martina Zerbola and Madison Cohen downed Mathilde Orange and Ellen Folkers 7-5 at No. 2. At No. 3, Cleveland State's Princess Gbadamosi and Alex Power got the best of Ksenia Berestetska and Karolina Maksimava, 6-1.
On the singles courts, Shkundina took down Gbadamosi 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (1) at No. 1, Cohen defeated Power 7-6 (3), 6-2 at No. 3, Berestetska topped Bush 7-5, 6-3 at No. 4, Maksimava overcame Orange 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (8) at No. 5 and Newnes got past Ellen Folkers 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (6) at No. 6.
Cleveland State earned its lone point at No. 2 singles, where Sherwood bested Zerbola in three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (5).
"This was a difficult match to watch today, based on the mental struggles that we saw," Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "It is a process with such a young team and we will continue to get better."
The Zips have a three-match homestand next weekend at LaTuchie Tennis Center in nearby Stow (driving directions). On Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m., they take on Illinois-Chicago and on Sunday, Feb. 2 face ASA Community College, from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Oakland at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
Zips Notebook: Akron has defeated Cleveland State in seven of the last eight meetings and owns a 25-3 record in the all-time series ... all five of the Zips' matches thus far this year have been on the road ... UA opened the 2011-12 season by winning 12 straight and 14 of its first 15 contests ... Olga Shkundina improved to 4-0 at both No. 1 singles and doubles ... Ksenia Berestetska is 5-0 in singles play (3-0 at No. 4).
Akron 6, Cleveland State 1
1. Olga Shkundina/Shannon Newnes (UA) def. Kara Sherwood/Alex Bush (CSU) 6-3
2. Martina Zerbola/Madison Cohen (UA) def. Mathilde Orange/Ellen Folkers (CSU) 7-5
3. Princess Gbadamosi/Alex Power (CSU) def. Ksenia Berestetska/Karolina Maksimava (UA) 6-1
1. Olga Shkundina (UA) def. Princess Gbadamosi (CSU) 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (1)
2. Kara Sherwood (CSU) def. Martina Zerbola (UA) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (5)
3. Madison Cohen (UA) def. Alex Power (CSU) 7-6 (3), 6-2
4. Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Alex Bush (CSU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Karolina Maksimava (UA) def. Mathilde Orange (CSU) 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (8)
6. Shannon Newnes (UA) def. Ellen Folkers (CSU) 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (6)
Order of finish:
Doubles – 3, 1, 2
Singles – 1, 3, 4, 2, 5, 6
Akron – 5-0
Cleveland State – 0-2
Women's Tennis Beats Big Ten Foe Michigan State, 4-3
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Ball State University women's tennis team improved to 4-1 in dual action and picked up a 4-3 upset over Big Ten foe Michigan State in East Lansing Sunday afternoon. With the loss, MSU falls to 2-1 on the season.
The Spartans opened the match sweeping the doubles matches. At No. 2 doubles the Michigan State twosome of Erin Faulkner and Athena Trouillot edged Ball State's duo of Toni Ormond and Kristel Sanders, 6-4. At No. 3 doubles Catherine Parenteau and Anna Zelechonok took down Ayaka Terashi and Courtney Wild, 6-3. Courtney Earnest and Bethany Moore played a close match to Emily Meyers and Julianne Gruber, the Spartans were winning 5-4 before the match was suspended.
After losing the doubles point the Cardinal rallied from their early 1-0 deficit with victories at each of the top two singles positions and the bottom two spots. Terashi tied the match at 1-1 after beating Jennifer Yen in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 6 singles. The Cardinals then fell into a 3-1 hole after losing both at No. 4 and No. 3 singles. However, Ball State would rattle off the last three victories at No. 1, No. 5 and No. 2. Wild got things started with a 1-6, 7-6, 1-0 (6) win at No. 1 singles which made it a 3-2 match.
With the Spartans leading 3-2, the matches came down to Moore and Earnest. Moore won her first set but then dropped the second one to Trouillot. She would then win the third set tie breaker 10-4 for the No. 5 singles victory. The Cardinals fate came down to No. 2 singles, Earnest won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, to seal the win for Ball State.
The Ball State women's tennis team continues spring action Saturday, Feb. 1 at home against Cleveland State. First serve is at 1 p.m. in the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
Women's Tennis Improves To 3-1 With Win Over Oakland
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State University women's tennis team (3-1) netted a 6-1 victory over Oakland University (0-1) Friday night at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
In doubles action, junior Courtney Wild teamed up with junior Ashlyn Rang at the No. 3 position to take down Juliana Guevara and Rebecca Phyle, 6-0. Sophomores Bethany Moore and Ayaka Terashi then downed Camille Sabourin and Tamara Blum at No. 2, capturing the doubles point for Ball State.
The Cardinals headed into singles action up 1-0 over the Grizzlies, Ball State quickly took a 2-0 edge over Oakland after sophomore Courtney Earnest did not give up a point to Karine Celis winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 1 singles position. Ormond then made it a 3-0 match after a 6-0, 6-2 defeat over Guevara at No. 4. Moore and classmate Terashi kept up Ball State's winning ways each winning in straight sets in their respective slots. Despite Anna Rozenberg's efforts at No. 6 singles, the true freshman won her first set 6-2 but would drop the second set and the tie breaker.
The Ball State women's tennis team continues non-conference action at Michigan State Sunday for a 11 a.m. start in East Lansing, Mich.
BGSU Grounds Youngstown, 6-1, to Begin Dual-Match Play
The Bowling Green State University tennis team began the 'spring' schedule in style, posting a 6-1 win over Youngstown State University Sunday (Jan. 26) at the Perrysburg Tennis Center. The non-conference match marked the dual-match opener for both teams.
Five Falcons won at both singles and doubles, with four of those five capturing singles matches in straight sets. The group of double winners included seniors Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland, sophomore Katie Brozovich and freshmen Hannah Drayton and Harley Hutchison. All seven BGSU team members won at least one match on the day.
Drayton and Hutchison teamed up for a 6-4 win at the third doubles flight, and each of those two first-year Falcons breezed to a win in singles play. Drayton lost only three total games in her sixth-flight singles win over YSU's Gimena Puppo, and Hutchison dropped just four total games in a fifth-flight sweep of Nehel Sahni.
Brozovich and Chiricosta captured a 6-2 win at the second doubles flight, downing Carolyn Jesko and Annina Brendel, and both players went on to singles victories as well. Chiricosta rallied from a first-set defeat to down Margarita Sadovnikova, with the Falcon senior winning a 7-6 second set, then capturing a third-set tiebreaker.
Chiricosta's win came at the top flight, while Brozovich won in straight sets at the third flight. Brozovich topped Dominika Lackova by scores of 6-3 and 6-2.
Reuland combined with sophomore Drew Fillis for a 6-4 victory over Sadovnikova and Marta Burak at the number-one doubles flight. In singles action, Reuland came out on top of Burak in a first-set tiebreaker, then rolled to a 6-1 win in the clinching set of their flight-two match.
YSU's lone point came at the fourth flight, where Brendel squeezed past Fillis in a third-set 'breaker. In a match that did not count in the overall match scoring, Falcon freshman Brittany Plaszewski posted an 8-2 victory over Victoria Ferry.
The Falcons now hit the road for the next two matches, heading to Pittsburgh and East Lansing on consecutive Saturdays. BGSU will face Duquesne next weekend (Feb. 1) before meeting Michigan State the following weekend (Feb. 8), with each match scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. The day after the MSU match -- Sunday, Feb. 9 -- the Falcons will face UIC in a 9:30 a.m. match at the PTC.
BGSU 6, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 1
Sun., Jan. 26, 2014 – Perrysburg Tennis Center – Perrysburg, Ohio
1 – Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Margarita Sadovnikova 1-6, 7-6(5), 1-0(5)
2 – Emily Reuland (BGSU) def. Marta Burak 7-6(1), 6-1
3 – Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Dominika Lackova 6-2, 6-3
4 – Annina Brendel (YSU) def. Drew Fillis 4-6, 6-2, 1-0(5)
5 – Harley Hutchison (BGSU) def. Nehel Sahni 6-3, 6-1
6 – Hannah Drayton (BGSU) def. Gimena Puppo 6-0, 6-3
# – Brittany Plaszewski (BGSU) def. Victoria Ferry 8-2
1 – Fillis/Reuland (BGSU) def. Burak/Sadovnikova 6-4
2 – Brozovich/Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Brendel/Carolyn Jesko 6-2
3 – Drayton/Hutchison (BGSU) def. Lackova/Sahni 6-4
# – not included in final match scoring
Bulls Open Spring With 7-0 Sweep Of St. Bonaventure
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team began its spring season on Saturday afternoon with a 7-0 sweep of St. Boanventure at the Miller Tennis Center. The Bulls won several matches in straight sets.
In doubles, UB picked up a forfeit at third doulbes, but got 6-1 victories at first and second doubles. Buffalo's numer one team consisted of senior Miranda Podlas and freshman Margarita Kotok, while the second doubles team had senior Marta Stoyanova and freshman Laura Holterbosch.
In singles action, UB picked up forfeit wins at fifth and sixth singles, but then swept their way through victories at the other four spots. Podlas won at first singles, 6-1, 6-2, while senior Anamaria Candanoza won at second singles, 6-1, 6-1. Kotok won her match at third and Laura Fernandez came away with a 6-4, 6-4 win at fourth singles.
The Bulls are back in action next Friday when they head to Cornell for a pair of weekend matches.
Buffalo 7, St. Bonaventure 0
1. Miranda Podlas/Margarita Kotok (UB) def. Marisa Brossard/Maria Martinez-Santori (SBU), 6-1
2. Marta Stoyanova/Laura Holterbosch (UB) def. Miriam Skhirahadaze/Fatya Amiri (SBU), 6-1
3. Laura Fernandez/Anamaria Candanoza (UB) won by forfeit
1. Miranda Podlas (UB) def. Fatya Amiri (SBU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Anamaria Candanoza (UB) def. Marisa Brossard (SBU), 6-1, 6-1
3. Margarita Kotok (UB) def. Maria Martinez-Santori (SBU), 6-3, 7-5
4. Laura Fernandez (UB) def. Miriam Skhirahadaze (SBU), 6-4, 6-4
5. Marta Sotyanova (UB) won by forfeit
6. Laura Holterbosch (UB) won by forfeit
EMU Wins Fourth Straight Dual Match in 5-2 Win Over Oakland; The Eagles have won four straight, including three at home
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team continued its winning ways Saturday evening, Jan. 25, when it won its fourth straight dual match. The Green and White knocked off Oakland University, 5-2, at the Chippewa Racquet Club, and moved to 5-1 on the season.
The Eagles swept the doubles round with two 6-1 decisions and a 6-2 final to earn the first point of the match. Nino Mebuke and Diana Davitaia won the No. 1-doubles match, 6-1, while Mariya Toncheva and Maria Paula Ribero took the No. 2 spot, 6-1. Zsofia Biro and Daphne Friedrichs held down the No. 3 slot with a 6-1 victory.
Mebuke competed at No. 1-singles without losing a game to Karine Celis. The Tbilisi, Georgia native knocked off Celis, 6-0, 6-0. Daviataia took the No. 2-singles contest, 6-1, 7-6, defeating Tamara Blum. Toncheva played at No. 3, and took down Juliana Guevara, 6-2, 6-2. The final victory for EMU came at No. 4-singles when Friedrichs topped Rebecca Phyle, 6-2, 6-0.
The Eagles are off until Sunday, Feb. 2, when they travel to East Lansing, Mich. for a dual match with Michigan State University. The match is set for 11 a.m.
Eagles Shutdown Mastodons 5-2 at Chippewa Club; EMU won 5-of-6 singles matches
YPSILANTI, Mich. – After dropping the doubles point, the Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team took all but one singles match to top IPFW, 5-2, Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Chippewa Racquet Club. With the win, Eastern moves to 4-1 on the young season.
Eastern dropped two-of-three doubles matches as the duo of Zsofia Biro and Daphne Friedrichs came away with the lone victory, 6-4. Diana Davitaia and Nino Mebuke fell, 7-6, to Mayu Sato and Marcy Huck in the final doubles match and were unable to pick up the doubles point for EMU. At No. 2-doubles, Maria Paula Ribero and Mariya Toncheva dropped a score of 6-4 to Miloslava Shustova and Emily Richardson.
The Green and White dominated singles play, winning five-of-six matches. Davitaia was the only Eagle to come up on the losing side of the ledger, falling 6-3, 6-2 to Sato at No. 1-singles. Mebuke came away with an easy 6-1, 6-0 finish, giving EMU their first point of the day. Toncheva wasn't far behind, notching a 6-2, 6-0 win over Sofia Sorokina at No. 3-singles, putting EMU up 2-0. Davitaia's loss was the next decision, knotting things up at two points apiece.
Ribero came in to win 6-4, 6-1 in straight sets, putting Eastern back up, 3-2. Friedrichs sealed the match at No. 4-singles, topping Shustova, 6-3, 6-2. Biro then gave the Eagles an extra point by knocking off Carlota Trevino, 6-4, 6-4.
Eastern is back in action later this evening, Jan. 25, when it hosts in-state rival Oakland University at the Chippewa Club. First serve is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.
Eastern Continues to Win in First Home Match with Sweep of Butler
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team opened their home schedule with an easy 7-0 victory versus the Butler University Bulldogs at the Chippewa Racquet Club, Jan. 24.
To begin the dual match, Nino Mebuke (Tbilisi, Georgia-English-Spanish School) and Klara Supejova (Prague, Czech Republic-Sportovni Gymnazium Klandno) began things off on a winning note with a 6-1 victory at the No. 1-doubles spot. The duo won the first game, before letting Butler tie things up at one apiece. Mebuke and Supejova then went on a tear, ripping off five straight to take the 6-1 decision. Zsofia Biro (Pecs, Hungary-Tasi Sport School) and Mariya Toncheva (Burgas, Bulgaria-Sport Scholl Vasil Levski) gave Eastern the doubles point with a 6-1 decision of their own at No. 3-doubles. Diana Davitaia (Tbilisi, Georgia-Cowley County Community College) and Maria Paula Ribero (Bucaramanga, Colombia) took on the final doubles matchup at No. 2. The pair gave the Eagles a sweep in doubles action with a 6-2 win.
Moving on to singles, the Eagles' dominant play did not diminish. The Green and White did not drop a set in singles play, while sweeping all six to a quick 7-0 win. The quickest to finish in singles was Mebuke, making quick work of Angelina Qin, 6-1, 6-1. Toncheva dispatched Jocelyn Koester, 6-0, 6-1 with haste as well in her No. 4-singles matchup to give the Eagles an early 3-0 lead.
Next to finish her match was Ribero, topping Sienna Reuter easily, 6-1, 6-1, just in front of Davitaia, who dropped Kelley Eaton in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Supejova was next in line to continue the winning ways. She knocked off Stephani McLoughlin 6-1, 6-3, as well, leaving just Daphne Friedrichs (Hufingen, Germany-Elisa Brandstrom Schule) to complete the sweep for EMU. After a 6-3 win in the first set, Friedrichs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, but her opposition Grace Hyde fought back and took a game, but Friedrichs returned with three straight games for a 6-1 final, giving the Eagles a clean sweep.
"We did a good job of winning efficiently," said Head Coach Ryan Ray. "Tomorrow is two more matches and we will look carry the momentum from today to tomorrow."
Eastern is back in action with a doubleheader tomorrow, Jan. 25. The Eagles will take on IPFW at the Chippewa Racquet Club with a 1 p.m. start before hosting Oakland University at 8:30 p.m. at the Chippewa Club.
RedHawk Tennis Outlasts Xavier, 4-3
OXFORD, Ohio – In a five-hour and 45-minute battle, Miami University's women's tennis team outlasted the Xavier Musketeers, 4-3, on Sunday evening at the Riverside Athletic Club in Hamilton, Ohio.
Sophomore Ana Rajkovic persevered in a three-set slugfest at No. 6 singles to clinch the match for the Red and White with a 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 win.
It was the season-opener for the RedHawks, who move to 1-0. Xavier drops to 0-2.
“I think that we did a great job fighting today,” said head coach Anca Dumitrescu. “I was very proud to see Ana come through for the team. I thought she showed tremendous heart and determination. I think she was an inspiration to everybody.”
Miami began the afternoon with doubles action, falling to the Musketeers 2-1. Senior Christiana Raymond and junior Ramona Costea defeated Xavier’s Allyson Westling and Andrea Wolf in No. 3 doubles, 8-1. Rajkovic and junior Christine Guerrazzi lost their doubles match by a score of 1-8. Senior Nimisha Mohan and freshman Andreea Badileanu fell in the deciding doubles match, 5-8.
In singles play, Costea fell to Andrea Wolf 2-6, 6-3 at No. 5 singles. Miami responded with big victories turned in by Badileanu with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 showing at No. 2 singles, Mohan with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles and then Guerrazzi taking a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles. Raymond lost to Alex Brinker of the Muskies at No. 1 singles in a tough 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 grinder.
With the dual score tied at 3, Miami looked to Rajkovic at No. 6 singles against Lizzie Oosterbaan. Rajkovic took all three sets to tiebreak, losing 6-7 (4-7) in the first set before rebounding and winning the final two 7-6 (8-6) and 7-6 (11-9).
"The match was very close the whole time," said Rajkovic. "We both had match points so it made it even more exciting to win it. I was very happy that I managed to pull through, part of that is my team that was cheering and supporting me. We are all beyond satisfied that we were strong enough to win first dual match."
Miami returns to action next weekend when they host two dual matches. Wright State comes to town Friday at 6 p.m. and Cincinnati arrives for a 2 p.m. match on Saturday. Both contests will take place in Hamilton at the Riverside Athletic Club.
Huskies Finish Strong, Beat Flyers 5-2
Nelle Youel and Arantza de la Torre defeated the No. 4 doubles team in Division II Tennis
AURORA, Ill. - The Huskies started off the women's tennis season with a win on Friday afternoon against Lewis, 5-2 at the Vaughn Athletic Center. NIU won their first match of the season for the second year in a row, having defeated Bradley 6-1 to begin the 2013 spring season. The Huskies are 1-0 in 2014 with many more matches to come.
"This was a good start for us," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We didn't get wins in matches that we're used to getting them in, so it was good to see others step up and put the team ahead."
From the start of doubles play, it was clear this was going to be a close match. The No. 1 doubles match featured Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre faced the No. 4 doubles team in Division II women's tennis, Zsofia Lanstiak and Zsofia Kranczicki. The teams were so evenly matched that they required a 13th game to decide the winner, and in the end, Youel and de la Torre emerged victorious, 7-6. Haley Dekkinga and Stephanie McDonald took the No. 2 doubles match against Ana Banic and Megan Nguyen 6-1, sealing the doubles point for the Huskies.
In singles play, the Huskies dropped the No.1 and No. 2 matches when Lanstiak and Kranczicki bested Youel and Dekkinga respectively, forcing NIU to get production elsewhere in this affair. De la Torre delivered by defeating Banic in a very close match, 3-6, 6-2 (12-10). Mary Malkin played in the No. 4, and her match also went to a tiebreak. She won 4-6, 6-2 (10-4) against Nguyen. Cristina Alvarez and McDonald finished off the match strong for the Huskies, as they won the No. 5 and No. 6 respectively.
The Huskies have a bit more than a week to prepare for their next match at Wisconsin. On Sunday, February 2, NIU will face the Badgers at 3:00 p.m.
NIU 5, Lewis 2:
#1: Zsofia Lanstiak (Lewis) def. Nelle Youel (NIU) 6-3, 0-6 (10-7)
#2: Zsofia Kranczicki (Lewis) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU) 6-2, 6-2
#3: Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Ana Banic (Lewis) 3-6, 6-2 (12-10)
#4: Mary Malkin (NIU) def. Megan Nguyen (LewIs) 4-6, 6-2 (10-4)
#5: Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Jill Wetmore (Lewis) 6-2, 6-2
#6: Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Kendra Mills (Lewis) 6-2, 6-2
#1: Youel/de la Torre (NIU) def. Lanstiak/Kranczicki (Lewis) 7-6
#2: McDonald/Dekkinga (NIU) def. Banic/Nguyen(Lewis) 6-1
#3: Wetmore/Mills (Lewis) def. Alvarez/Rozo (NIU) 6-3
UT Women’s Tennis Scores First Win of the Season in Home Opener Against Duquesne
TOLEDO, OH – The Toledo women’s tennis team recorded its first win of the season as the Rockets defeated Duquesne 5-2 on Saturday afternoon at Shadow Valley Tennis Club.
“It was great to get the win today against a feisty Duquesne team,” head coach Tracy Mauntler said. “It was satisfying to avenge our loss from last year. The doubles was extremely tight and we showed we could play tough under pressure.”
The Rockets opened the day by winning two doubles matches. Junior Lexy Pitt (Atlanta, GA) and sophomore Emily Mazzola (Chagrin Falls, OH) took the No. 1 doubles point in a hard fought match 7-6 (10-6), while sophomore Mackenzie Bowman (Bothell, WA) and freshman Lauren Thai (Galloway, OH) won No. 3 doubles 7-5.
In singles play, senior Chrissy Coffman (Akron, OH), sophomore Katelyn Nguyen (Anaheim, CA), Mazzola and Pitt each took home wins on the day in the No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 spots, respectively.
Mazzola fought through a second set loss to defeat Sarah Shashura of Duquesne, winning the third set 10-8.
The Rockets welcome IUPUI to Shadow Valley on Friday, Jan. 31. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.
TOLEDO 5, DUQUESNE 2
1. Chrissy Coffman (TOL) def. Judy Li (DUQ) 6-3, 6-4
2. Alexa Miller (DUQ) def. Pia Rygh (TOL) 6-4, 6-0
3. Katelyn Nguyen (TOL) def. Spencer Caravaggio (DUQ) 6-3, 6-2
4. Emily Mazzola (TOL) def. Sarah Shashura (DUQ) 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
5. Chandler Consonery (DUQ) def. Mackenzie Bowman (TOL) 6-2, 7-5
6. Lexy Pitt (TOL) vs. Megan Wasson (DUQ) 6-1, 6-3
1. Lexy Pitt/Emily Mazzola (TOL) def. Shashura/Caravaggio (DUQ) 7-6 (10-6)
2. Judy Li/Alexa Miller (DUQ) def. Katelyn Nguyen/Pia Rygh (TOL) 6-4
3. Mackenzie Bowman/Lauren Thai (TOL) def. Chandler Consonery/Megan Wasson (DUQ) 7-5
Broncos Sweep Doubleheader Against Butler, Chicago State
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team won both ends of a doubleheader at West Hills Athletic Club on Saturday, defeating Butler 7-0 and Chicago State 6-1 in their 2014 dual match home opener. With the wins, the Broncos improve to 3-1 on the season.
The Broncos opened with a 7-0 shutout of the Bulldogs, taking all nine matches for the perfect sweep against Butler. Meika Ashby and Yuriko Ono opened the proceedings with a 6-0 shutout over Sienna Reuter and Grace Hyde in the No. 3 doubles match, while Kathleen Hawkins and Tracy Kuhle overcame a slow start to defeat Stephani McLoughlin and Kailey Eaton 6-3 in the No. 1 doubles match. Nini Sujashvili and Caroline Aleck were also able to pull away after an even beginning in the No. 2 doubles match, beating Angelina Qin and Jocelyn Koester 6-3 to complete the session.
Kuhle made quick work of her singles opponent to put the Broncos ahead 2-0, giving up just a single game to Reuter in the No. 6 singles match and putting the Broncos in control. Sujashvili was similarly dominant against McLoughlin in No. 1 singles, winning 6-1, 6-1, and Aleck clinched the match win for the Broncos with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Koester in the No. 5 singles match. Hawkins played in her first singles match of the dual match season, beating Eaton 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles match, and Ashby and Kelsey King rounded out the singles session with a pair of straight sets wins in the Nos. 3 and 4 singles matches, respectively.
The match against the Cougars also began with a sweep in the doubles session, though this time Sujashvili and Aleck were the ones to make the first move with a 6-1 win over Kirsa Utech and Gema Bolado in the No. 2 doubles match. Hawkins and Kuhle clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win over Carynne Lloyd and Faith Huckabee in the No. 1 doubles match, and Ashby and Ono finished the clean sweep with a 6-3 win over Marnie Perez-Ochoa and Karyn Emeralda.
WMU went up 2-0 when Perez-Ochoa, trailing 6-1, 3-0 pulled out of the No. 4 singles match against Aleck, and the lead quickly expanded to 3-0 after Sujashvili cruised past Utech 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match. Ono improved to 2-1 in dual match singles on the season with a win over Sabrine Navarro in the No. 6 singles match, and Ashby thoroughly controlled her No. 2 singles match against Bolado in winning 6-0, 6-2. King rounded out the evening with a win over Lloyd in the No. 3 singles match, shutting her opponent out in the second set to win 6-2, 6-0.
Western Michigan 7, Butler 0
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. MCLOUGHLIN, Stephani (BU-W) 6-1, 6-1
2. #55 Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. EATON, Kailey (BU-W) 6-1, 6-2
3. Meika Ashby (WMU) def. QIN, Angelina (BU-W) 6-2, 6-2
4. Kelsey King (WMU) def. HYDE, Grace (BU-W) 6-0, 6-3
5. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. KOESTER, Jocelyn (BU-W) 6-1, 6-1
6. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. REUTER, Sienna (BU-W) 6-1, 6-0
1. Kathleen Hawkins/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. MCLOUGHLIN, Stephani/EATON, Kailey (BU-W) 6-3
2. Nini Sujashvili/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. QIN, Angelina/KOESTER, Jocelyn (BU-W) 6-3
3. Meika Ashby/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. REUTER, Sienna/HYDE, Grace (BU-W) 6-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,1,5,2,3,4)
Western Michigan 6, Chicago State University 1
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Utech, Kirsa (CSU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Meika Ashby (WMU) def. Yusta, Bolado Gema (CSU) 6-0, 6-2
3. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Lloyd, Carynne (CSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Perez-Ochoa, Marnie (CSU) 6-1, 3-0, retired
5. Huckabee, Faith (CSU) def. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (12-10)
6. Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Navarro, Sabrine (CSU) 6-2, 6-0
1. Kathleen Hawkins/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Lloyd, Carynne/Huckabee, Faith (CSU) 6-1
2. Nini Sujashvili/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Utech, Kirsa/Yusta, Bolado Gema (CSU) 6-1
3. Meika Ashby/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Emeralda, Karyn/Perez-Ochoa, Marnie (CSU) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,6,2,3,5)