Here is a look at last weekend's MAC Women's tennis results.
Bulls Remain Unbeaten With 6-1 Win Over NJIT
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team remained unbeaten on Sunday afternoon as they defeated New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), 6-1. The victory was UB's seventh straight to open the season. This was also UB's fifth straight 6-1 decision.
The Bulls dominated doubles play as they picked up wins at first and second doubles. UB's first duo of Tanvi Shah and Miranda Podlas and second team of Anamaria Candanoza both won matches, 8-3, and the Bulls were leading in the third match when the doubles contest was called so singles play could begin.
The Bulls won five of the six singles matches to take the overall contest convincingly. UB began with a win at third singles as Tamara Markovic won, 6-2, 6-4. Sophomore Laura Fernandez followed it up with a win at fourth singles, 6-1, 7-6 (6-4) and then UB clinched the point with a three-set win at second singles, 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 6-2. Three of the matches went into third sets as the Bulls continued to build on their lead with a win at first and sixth singles. Shah won her contest 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 and Kapoor won in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 (6-2). The Highlanders won their lone match in three sets at fifth singles.
"It was a well fought day and we battled to the end in each match," said head coach Kristen Ortman. "We were mentally focused on the strategy to win and we stuck to it."
After beginning with seven matches at home, UB heads to the road for a pair of matches over Spring Break. The Bulls will face Lousiana-Lafayette on March 12 and New Orleans on March 14.
1. Tanvi Shah/Miranda Podlas (UB) def. Ksenia Kuzmenko/Jana Luste (NJIT), 8-3
2. Anamaria Canadanoza/Gopika Kapoor (UB) def. Natalia Melibeu/Carolina Zanotta (NJIT), 8-3
3. Laura Fernandez/Marta Stoyanova (UB) led Monika Graff/Hannelore MacDonald (NJIT, 7-4
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
1. Tanvi Shah (UB) def. Ksenia Kuzmenko (NJIT), 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
2. Miranda Podlas (UB) def, Monika Graff (NJIT), 7-6 (9-7), 4-6, 6-2
3. Tamara Markovic (UB) def. Jana Luste, 6-2, 6-4
4. Laura Fernandez (UB) def. Natalia Melibeu (NJIT), 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)
5. Martina Tripcovici (NJIT) def. Anamaria Candanoza (UB) 6-7 (9-7), 6-2, 10-8
6. Gopika Kapoor (UB) def. Carolina Zanotta (NJIT), 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
Order of Finish: 3,4,2,16,5
Tennis Hangs Tough Against Ranked Foes
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Facing its toughest weekend of the season, with matches against ranked teams both days, Miami hung tough, but suffered losses to both North Texas and host Georgia Tech.
The No. 41 Mean Green escaped with a 4-3 victory, while No. 47 Yellow Jackets grabbed a 4-0 decision, but held a lead in two other matches.
On Saturday, North Texas clinched the doubles point with wins at No.1 (8-1) and No. 3 (8-2). They also led 5-3 at No. 2 when the point was decided. The Mean Green extended the lead to 2-0 with a 6-3, 6-1 victory at No. 6 before Nimisha Mohan put the RedHawks on the board with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 3.
North Texas stretched the lead with 6-3, 6-4 triumph at No. 5, but Miami evened the score with a pair of three-set wins. Alix Thurman eked out a 6-1, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4 win at No. 2 and Christine Guerrazzi held off her No. 4 opponent 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.
That left the match to the No. 1 pair of Christiana Raymond against Kseniya Bardabush. The RedHawk junior took the opening set 6-4, but fell in the second, 6-2. The decider went all the way to a tiebreaker, where Bardabush pulled out the match 7-6 (7-1).
Less than 21 hours later, Miami returned to the court to face Georgia Tech. The doubles point went to the Yellow Jackets with victories at No. 1 (8-4) and No. 2 (8-2). A 6-2, 6-2 decision at No. 4 was followed by 6-2, 6-1 wins at both No. 5 and No. 3, clinching the match.
Because of travel and court schedules, the coaches agreed to stop matches at a specific point, a decision that turned against Miami. Thurman was on the verge of upsetting 104th-ranked Kendal Woodard when play was suspended. She was within one game of win, leading 6-4, 1-6, 5-2. Ramona Costea had also captured her first set, 6-4, at No. 6, though she trailed in the second 5-3.
At No. 1 Raymond was in a battle with 65th-ranked Elizabeth Kilborn, though she trailed 6-3, 4-2.
Miami returns to action in two weeks when it spends its Spring Break in Florida. The RedHawks face Central Florida and South Florida during the trip.
Huskies Defeat Central Arkansas to Improve to 12-1
NIU Earns Ninth Straight Win With Third Win in 24 Hours
DES MOINES - The Northern Illinois women's tennis won its third match in 24 hours and recorded its 12th win of the season with a 6-1 victory over Central Arkansas Sunday morning at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines.
In improving its record to 12-1 on the season, Northern Illinois has its most wins since 2003 when the Huskies went 13-7. NIU won 11 matches a year ago. The victory over UCA was also Northern Illinois' ninth straight as the Huskies kept their perfect road away from home intact at 10-0.
After defeating Nebraska-Omaha and Drake in a doubleheader Saturday, the Huskies were back on the courts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday to battle the Bears. NIU Head Coach Ryun Ferrell was pleased with his team's effort given the quick turnaround.
"We were exhausted today but gutted it out," Ferrell said. "It was great to see the grit and determination to get it done. This was a tough weekend. The team responded very well."
The Huskies won the doubles point for the 11th time in their 13 matches this spring. NIU's No. 1 pair of Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre continued their undefeated streak on the spring with an 8-1 win, while the No. 2 doubles team of Haley Dekkinga and Stephanie McDonald pulled out an 8-6 victory.
Youel also improved her singles record to 13-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 to lead NIU. McDonald went one better, shutting out Anna Buyukyan of Central Arkansas 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6. De La Torre and Cristina Alvarez recorded straight-set wins at No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively.
Northern Illinois' next match is Saturday, March 9 when the Huskies play host to UIC at the Boylan Tennis Courts in Rockford, Ill. The match begins at 1 p.m. and is NIU's final home non-conference match.
Northern Illinois 6, Central Arkansas 1
Des Moines, Iowa
Sunday, March 3, 2013
No. 1 Nelle Youel/Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Simona Horsikyan/Allison Murphy (UCA) - 8-1
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga/Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Krizia Buck/Sasha Ruocco (UCA) - 8-6
No. 3 Kristina Horsikyan/Anna Buyukyan (UCA) def. Mary Malkin/Cristina Alvarez (NIU) - 8-7
No. 1 Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Simona Horsikyan (UCA) - 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Allison Murphy (UCA) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU) - 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Kristina Horsikyan (UCA) - 6-0, 6-1
No. 4 Mary Malkin (NIU) def. Krizia Buck (UCA) - 7-5, 1-6 (12-10)
No. 5 Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Sasha Ruocco (UCA) - 6-0, 6-4
No. 6 Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Anna Buyukyan (UCA) - 6-0, 6-0
NIU Winning Streak at Eight After 4-3 Win Over Drake
Northern Illinois Shuts Out Nebraska-Omaha in First Match of Doubleheader
DES MOINES - NIU's Haley Dekkinga came back from a set down to defeat Drake's Lea Kozulic at No. 2 singles to clinch the Huskies' 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines. The victory extended Northern Illinois' spring winning streak to eight matches as the Huskies shut out Nebraska-Omaha, 7-0, in their first match of the day.
Dekkinga's 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 comeback win gave NIU a split of the singles matches versus Drake after Northern Illinois won the doubles point with a trio of 8-6 superset wins. Nelle Youel and Mary Malkin joined Dekkinga in the singles win column with straight-set victories at No. 1 and No. 4 singles, respectively.
Northern Illinois won for the 11th time in 12 matches this spring to continue its torrid start, while Drake fell to 5-6 and Nebraska-Omaha to 2-3. The Huskies are undefeated in nine matches away from home this spring.
After winning two singles and two doubles matches on the day, Youel remains undefeated in both singles and doubles this spring.
Against UNO, Northern Illinois swept the doubles to take a 1-0 lead and cruised through the singles matches with only Dekkinga extended to a third (super) set. She defeated UNO's Molly Matricardi 3-6, 6-4 and 10-7 earlier. With the win over Drake's Kozulic later in the day, Dekkinga improved her season singles record to 10-2 with her second three-set win of the year.
Northern Illinois closes out the weekend Sunday versus Central Arkansas. The teams will play at 10:30 a.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines.
Northern Illinois 4, Drake 3
Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday, March 2, 2013
No. 1 Nelle Youel/Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Jordan Eggleston/Klavdija Rebol (DU), 8-6
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga/Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Maddie Johnson/Lea Kozulic (DU), 8-6
No. 3 Mary Malkin /Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Ali Patterson/Mariel Ante (DU), 8-6
Order of finish: 3,1,2
No. 1 Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Klavdija Rebol (DU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga (NIU) def. Lea Kozulic (DU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 Evy Van Genechten (DU) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 4 Mary Malkin (NIU) def. Jordan Eggleston (DU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 5 Maddie Johnson (DU) def. Cristina Alvarez (NIU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 6 Nell Boyd (DU) def. Stephanie McDonald (NIU), 6-3, 6-4
Order of finish: 1,3,5,6,4,2
Northern Illinois 7, Nebraska-Omaha 0
Des Moines, Iowa
Saturday, March 2, 2013
No. 1 Nelle Youel/Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Alex Tran/Jacqueline Baude (UNO) - 8-0
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga/Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Molly Matricardi/Tiffany Hottman (UNO) - 8-5
No. 3 Mary Malkin/Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Rachel Pierson/Emily Pierson (UNO) - 8-3
No. 1 Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Alex Tran (UNO) - 6-2, 6-1
No. 2 Haley Dekkinga (NIU) def. Molly Matricardi (UNO) - 3-6, 6-4 (10-7)
No. 3 Arantza De La Torre (NIU) def. Lindsay Wiedeman (UNO) - 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 Mary Malkin (NIU) def. Emily Pierson (UNO) - 6-0, 6-2
No. 5 Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Jacqueline Baude (UNO) - 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Tiffany Hottman (UNO) - 6-1, 6-1
Broncos Split Doubleheader Against #14 Purdue, Oakland
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team split its final non-conference doubleheader of the season, falling 6-1 to the #14 Purdue Boilermakers before defeating Oakland 6-1 at West Hills Athletic Club on Saturday. With the split, the Broncos' record moves to 7-7 on the season.
The Broncos bounced back from a loss to the highly-ranked Boilermakers with a victory against the Golden Grizzlies, taking the first X points of the match and sealing the win. Nini Sujashvili posted a 3-1 record on the day, including earning a pair of singles victories at the No. 1 spot. Maggie Remynse, Jill Pastunink, and Kelsey King each posted straight sets wins in the match against the Golden Grizzlies, Caroline Aleck earned a three-set victory in a super tiebreaker, and the Broncos evened their season record in the process.
Sujashvili started out the day with an impressive singles victory over Purdue's Lynda Xepoleas. The two played a pair of tight sets, but Sujashvili prevailed in beating Xepoleas 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match. Sujashvili continued her outing with a victory in the No. 1 singles match against the Golden Grizzlies, beating Karine Celis 6-0, 6-1 to give the Broncos a 2-0 lead over the Golden Grizzlies.
Earlier, Sujashvili helped clinch the important doubles point for the Broncos, teaming with Remynse to take the No. 2 doubles match 8-0. Caroline Aleck teamed with Pastunink to beat Tamara Blum and Emily Raidt 8-6 in the No. 1 doubles match, clinching the doubles point for the Broncos.
King gave the Broncos a 3-0 lead against the Golden Grizzlies with a win in the No. 5 singles match, beating Grace Keating 6-1, 6-0. Remynse earned the clinching victory in the match, defeating Raidt 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles match, and Pastunink added to the total with a 6-0, 6-2 win in the No. 3 singles. Aleck rounded out the scoring in the win, beating Camille Sabourin 7-6, 3-6, 1-0 (2) in the No. 5 singles match.
Purdue 6, Western Michigan 1
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Lynda Xepoleas (PUR) 6-4, 6-4
2. Mara Schmidt (PUR) def. Maggie Remynse (WMU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Daniela Vidal (PUR) def. Jill Pastunink (WMU) 6-4, 7-5
4. Bernard-Feigenbaum (PUR) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 6-0, retired
5. Imogen Golder (PUR) def. Kelsey King (WMU) 6-3, 6-4
6. Gisella Pere (PUR) def. Hailey Shanahan (WMU) 6-2, 7-5
1. Mara Schmidt/Bernard-Feigenbaum (PUR) def. Jill Pastunink/Caroline Aleck (WMU) 8-3
2. Lynda Xepoleas/Daniela Vidal (PUR) def. Nini Sujashvili/Maggie Remynse (WMU) 8-2
Western Michigan 6, Oakland 1
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Karine Celis (OAKLAND) 6-0, 6-1
2. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Emily Raidt (OAKLAND) 6-2, 6-2
3. Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Tamara Blum (OAKLAND) 6-0, 6-2
4. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Camille Sabourin (OAKLAND) 7-6 (7-0), 3-6, 1-0 (10-2)
5. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Grace Keating (OAKLAND) 6-1, 6-0
6. Juliana Guevara (OAKLAND) def. Hailey Shanahan (WMU) 2-6, 6-0, 1-0 (11-9)
1. Jill Pastunink/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Tamara Blum/Emily Raidt (OAKLAND) 8-6
2. Maggie Remynse/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Karine Celis/Juliana Guevara (OAKLAND) 8-0
3. Grace Keating/Camille Sabourin (OAKLAND) def. Kelsey King/Hailey Shanahan (WMU) 8-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,5,2,3,6,4)
Broncos Fall at #18 Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team faced off against a top-ranked national opponent, falling 7-0 to the #18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Eck Tennis Pavilion on Thursday. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 6-6 on the season.
The Broncos' best effort in the doubles session came in the No. 2 doubles match, where the pairing of Jill Pastunink and Maggie Remynse pushed the 38th-ranked team of Britney Sanders and Julie Sabacinski in a back-and-forth match. Remynse and Pastunink were able to keep pace with their nationally-ranked opponents, but ultimately fell 8-6 in the match.
The Irish took a 3-0 lead in the match in the singles session when Jennifer Kellner defeated Maggie Remynse 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 2 singles match. The team match was clinched in the No. 3 singles match, where Quinn Gleason defeated Jill Pastunink 6-0, 6-2.
The Irish rounded out the scoring with victories in the remaining singles matches, though Nini Sujashvili nearly pushed 42nd-ranked Britney Sanders to a third set. Sujashvhili rebounded from a first set loss to post a tight second set against Sanders, but ultimately fell 6-1, 7-5 in the last match off the court.
The Broncos will be back in action on Saturday, when they host #14 Purdue and Oakland at West Hills Athletic Club. The day will begin at 1 p.m. against the Boilermakers, and will continue at 6 p.m. in a match against the Golden Grizzlies.
#18 Notre Dame 7, Western Michigan 0
Feb 28, 2013 at Notre Dame, Ind. (Eck Tennis Pavilion)
1. #42 Britney Sanders (ND) def. Nini Sjashvili (WMU) 6-1, 7-5
2. Jennifer Kellner (ND) def. Maggie Remynse (WMU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Quinn Gleason (ND) def. Jill Pastunink (WMU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Molly O'Koniewski (ND) def. Kelsey King (WMU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Katherine White (ND) def. No player (WMU), by forfeit
1. Jennifer Kellner/Chrissie McGaffigan (ND) def. Nini Sjashvili/Caroline Aleck (WMU) 8-2
2. #38 Britney Sanders/Julie Sabacinski (ND) def. Jill Pastunink/Maggie Remynse (WMU) 8-6
3. Quinn Gleason/Katherine White (ND) def. No player/No player (WMU), by forfeit
Western Michigan 6-6
Notre Dame 8-3; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,3,4,5,1)