2013 MAC Women's Tennis Championship Results:
Friday, April 26
No. 4 Ball State 4, No. 5 Western Michigan 3 Final
No. 3 Akron 4, No. 6 Buffalo 1 Final
Saturday, April 27 schedule:
No. 1 Miami vs. No. 4 Ball State, 10:00 am ET
No. 2 Bowling Green vs. No. 3 Akron, 2:00 pm ET
Sunday, April 28
Women's Championship, Noon ET
Ball State 4, Western Michigan 3 Final
MUNCIE, Ind. - Junior Kristel Sanders outlasted Jill Pastunink at No. 4 singles to give No. 4 Ball State (15-10) a 4-3 victory over No. 5 Western Michigan (11-14) Friday afternoon in the Mid-American Conference Tournament quarterfinals which was held at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.
With the win the Cardinals advance to the MAC tournament semifinals for the first time since 1998 under third year head coach Christine Bader. Ball State will play top-seeded Miami Saturday at 10 a.m.
“As a team we played really tough,” said Bader. “I am really proud of Kristel Sanders for coming back and winning her match a set down and then four match points down in the third set. It was a real team effort and I couldn’t be prouder.”
Sanders win over Pastunink improved her record to 8-1 over MAC opponents this season.
The Broncos got off to a quick start after winning the doubles point. Kathleen Hawkins and Pastunink took down Courntey Earnest and Courtney Wild by a score of 8-2 at No. 1 doubles. On doubles court two Nini Sujashvili and Maggie Remynse earned the 8-4 defeat over Bethany Moore and Kristel Sanders.
The match would come down to the last four singles matches for the Cardinals. Earnest dropped her match at the No. 2 singles position and Paolo Rodriguez would lose at No. 3 which gave the Broncos a 3-0 edge over the Cardinals.
Ball State would start to fight back first with a 6-2, 6-2 win from Wild over Sujashvili on singles court one. Ashlyn Rang followed with straight set victory over Caroline Aleck at the No. 6 spot. Moore continued the winning trend for the Cardinals after beating Kelsey King, 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 at No. 5 and then Sanders clinched the match for Ball State with her win over Pastunink.
The No. 4 Ball State women's tennis team will face No. 1 Miami Saturday at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center. The Cardinal defeated the RedHawks in MAC regular season action 4-3. Ball State was the lone team to beat Miami in league action this season. First serve is at 10 a.m.
Akron 4, Buffalo 1 Final
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ksenia Berestetska's straight-set win at No. 4 singles clinched a 4-1 victory for the third-seeded University of Akron women's tennis team over sixth-seeded Buffalo on Friday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-American Conference championship at Cardinal Creek Tennis Center.
The Zips (18-9), who are the tournament's two-time defending champion, have positioned themselves in the event's semifinal round for the fourth-consecutive season and fourth time in program history. UA, which has won four of its last five matches, will face off against second-seeded Bowling Green in Saturday's semifinal at 2 p.m. ET. BGSU received a bye out of the quarterfinal round.
The tournament winner will earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Akron took an early advantage over Buffalo (13-5) by claiming the doubles point behind victories at first and second flights, and won at No. 2, 3 and 4 singles in straight sets to earn the right to advance in the bracket.
All-MAC selections Angelina Jogasuria and Olga Shkundina joined forces at No. 1 doubles and took a 9-7 decision over Miranda Podlas and Gopika Kapoor, and Berestetska and Madison Cohen paired at No. 2 to claim the early one-point lead with an 8-6 win over Tanvi Shah and Marta Stoyanova.
Berestetska clinched match point with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Tamara Markovic at No. 4 singles, after Shkundina got the best of Podlas 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 and all-league honoree Prang Pantusart disposed of Kapoor 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3.
The Bulls' lone point came at No. 6 singles, where Anamaria Candanoza defeated Cohen, 6-0, 6-1.
At the time the match was decided, Angelina Jogasuria was down 6-7, 6-1, 1-3 versus Shah at No. 1 and Angelika Jogasuria led 7-6 (4), 2-5 at No. 5 against Laura Fernandez. Additionally, the Zips pair of Pantusart and Angelika Jogasuria was tied 6-all against Candanoza and Fernandez at No. 3 doubles when the early point was secured.
Zips Notebook: Akron has topped Buffalo in six-straight meetings ... included in that win streak is a victory in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 MAC tournament ... Olga Shkundina has won five-consecutive singles contests ... Ksenia Berestetska has won five straight and 11 of her last 12 singles matches ... Prang Pantusart has won six consecutive and 12 of her last 13 singles contests ... the Zips lost 4-3 to Bowling Green in the regular-season meeting between the two in Akron ... that contest was decided by a three-set, last-match-on-court decision at No. 4 singles.
(3) Akron 4, (6) Buffalo 1
1. Angelina Jogasuria/Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Miranda Podlas/Gopika Kapoor (Buffalo) 9-7
2. Ksenia Berestetska/Madison Cohen (Akron) def. Tanvi Shah/Marta Stoyanova (Buffalo) 8-6
3. Prang Pantusart/Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) vs. Anamaria Candanoza/Laura Fernandez (Buffalo) 6-6, unfinished
1. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) vs. Tanvi Shah (Buffalo) 6-7 (6-8), 6-1, 1-3, unfinished
2. Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Miranda Podlas (Buffalo) 6-3, 6-4
3. Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Gopika Kapoor (Buffalo) 6-1, 6-3
4. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Tamara Markovic (Buffalo) 6-3, 6-0
5. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) vs. Laura Fernandez (Buffalo) 7-6 (4), 2-5, unfinished
6. Anamaria Candanoza (Buffalo) def. Madison Cohen (Akron) 6-0, 6-1
Akron – 18-9
Buffalo – 13-5