MAC Women's Tennis Scoreboard:
Friday, Jan. 31
Akron 4, Illinois-Chicago 3
Cornell 4, Buffalo 3
Miami 7, Wright State 0
Toledo 7, IUPUI 0
Indiana 5, Western Michigan 2
Western Michigan 7, Oakland 0
Saturday, Feb. 1
Ball State 6, Cleveland State 1
Bowling Green 5, Duquesne 2
Buffalo 4, UMBC 3
Miami 4, Cincinnati 3
Sunday, Feb. 2
Akron 3, ASA College 1 (exhibition)
Michigan State 6, Eastern Michigan 1
Wisconsin 5, Northern Illinois 2
Women's Tennis Defeats ASA Community College 3-1 in Exhibition
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's tennis team posted a 3-1 victory over ASA Community College in exhibition play on Sunday morning at LaTuchie Tennis Center. The result does not count toward the Zips' overall record.
In doubles play, the UA pair of Martina Zerbola and Ksenia Berestetska defeated Daniela Vanko and Sacha Espiritu, 6-3. On the singles courts, Berestetska scored a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (1) win over Diana Perez at No. 2 and UA's Karolina Maksimava bested Danielle Winter 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3.
The Avengers scored their point at No. 1 singles, where Natallia Vavulina topped Martina Zerbola, 6-1, 6-2.
Up next for Akron is a five-match road swing that includes stops at Penn (Feb. 7), Saint Joseph's (Feb. 8), Youngstown State (Feb. 15), Portland State (Feb. 21) and Oregon (Feb. 22). The Zips return home on Saturday, March 8 for a doubleheader with Butler and Duquesne at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
Akron 3, ASA Community College 1 (exhibition)
1. Martina Zerbola/Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Daniela Vanko/Sacha Espiritu (ASA) 6-3
1. Natallia Vavulina (ASA) def. Martina Zerbola (UA) 6-1, 6-2
2. Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Diana Perez (ASA) 6-3, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (1)
3. Karolina Maksimava (UA) def. Danielle Winter (ASA) 6-1, 6-4
Women's Tennis Changes Weekend Schedule
AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's tennis team announced changes to its schedule on Saturday morning.
Sunday's match versus ASA Community College will still be played at 10 a.m. ET at LaTuchie Tennis Center in Stow (driving directions), but will now be an exhibition and not count toward the team's record. Tomorrow's 3 p.m. contest versus Oakland has been postponed until March 16 at 4 p.m.
Additionally, the program's match at Charleston Southern on March 25 has been canceled.
The Zips opened what was scheduled as a three-match homestand on Friday afternoon with a 4-3 victory over UIC. UA owns a 6-0 record in dual-match play this season.
Women's Tennis Rallies to 4-3 Win over UIC, Stays Undefeated
AKRON, Ohio – Ksenia Berestetska's last match on court singles win lifted Akron to a 4-3 victory over UIC on Friday afternoon at LaTuchie Tennis Center. The Zips, playing at home for the first time this season, improved to 6-0 versus dual-match competition.
Berestetska topped Ann-Sophie Hahn 6-2, 7-5 in the fourth flight to cap a UA comeback that erased a 3-1 deficit.
Same as they have done in their five previous outings this season, the Zips took a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point. Olga Shkundina and Shannon Newnes defeated Hahn and Mariana Palacios 6-4 at No. 1, while Martina Zerbola and Madison Cohen got the better of Natalia Kuvakina and Veronica Lacerda 7-5 at No. 3. UIC was victorious at the No. 2 position, where Kathryn Sharples and Jana Knoppe bested Karolina Maksimava and Caroline Harpaintner, 6-1.
UIC (0-2) went on to claim points in order at Nos. 1, 5 and 3 singles to pull ahead 3-1 in the match score, but Akron earned wins in the remaining three flights, two in three sets, to clinch match point.
Playing through injury, Cohen downed Kuvakina 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (8) at No. 2 as did Newnes against Keti Mebuke 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (3) at No. 6 to set the stage for Berestetska's heroics.
Akron concludes a three-match homestand on Sunday by facing ASA Community College, from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Oakland at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, at LaTuchie Tennis Center in nearby Stow (driving directions).
Zips Notebook: Ksenia Berestetska had her second match-clinching victory of the season after doing the same in UA's 4-3 win at West Virginia on Jan. 17 ... Berestetska improved to 6-0 in singles play this season ... the Zips have defeated the Flames in consecutive meetings, having claimed a 7-0 decision in 2013 on a neutral court in Griffith, Ind. ... Olga Shkundina improved to 5-0 in doubles play ... the pair of Martina Zerbola and Madison Cohen bettered its record to 5-0 ... Akron has yet to lose the doubles point this season.
Akron 4, UIC 3
1. Olga Shkundina/Shannon Newnes (UA) def. Mariana Palacios/Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) 6-4
2. Kathryn Sharples/Jana Knoppe (UIC) def. Karolina Maksimava/Caroline Harpaintner (UA) 6-1
3. Martina Zerbola/Madison Cohen (UA) def. Natalia Kuvakina/Veronica Lacerda (UIC) 7-5
1. Mariana Palacios (UIC) def. Olga Shkundina (UA) 2-6, ret. inj
2. Madison Cohen (UA) def. Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
3. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) def. Martina Zerbola (UA) 6-2, 6-1
4. Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) 6-2, 7-5
5. Jana Knoppe (UIC) def. Karolina Maksimava (UA) 6-4, 6-0
6. Shannon Newnes (UA) def. Keti Mebuke (UIC) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (3)
Order of finish:
Doubles – 2, 1, 3
Singles – 1, 5, 3, 2, 6, 4
Akron – 6-0
UIC – 0-2
Women's Tennis Defeats Cleveland State 6-1 At Home
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's tennis team (5-1) won its third straight match and sixth of the season after notching a 6-1 victory over visiting Cleveland State (0-4) Saturday afternoon at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
Toni Ormond and Kristel Sanders paired up to win the first doubles match of the day after their 6-3 defeat over Cleveland State's Alex Power and Princess Gbadamosi. After the Cardinals dropped a 6-3 decision at No. 1 doubles, the Ball State twosome of Courtney Wild and Ashlyn Rang clinched the doubles point with a 7-6 (4) win over Mathlide Orange and Ellen Folkers.
Ball State took their 1-0 momentum into singles action with the Cardinals winning five of six matches over Cleveland State. Courtney Earnest gave the Cardinals the 2-0 advantage over the Vikings after earning the 6-1, 6-0, win over Kara Sherwood at the No. 2 position. Cleveland State would take the match at the No. 4 spot to make the score 2-1 but then the Cardinals won in straight sets the remainder of the way. Ayaka Terashi clinched the victory for the Cardinals after taking a 6-2, 6-2 match over Ellen Folkers.
The Ball State women’s tennis team will return to action Feb. 15 when it hosts Cincinnati at 1 p.m. in the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
Falcons Rally to Down Duquesne, 5-2
The Bowling Green State University tennis team lost the doubles point, but rallied back for a 5-2 win at Duquesne Saturday (Feb. 1). The non-conference dual match was held at Alpha Fitness and Tennis of Pittsburgh.
With the victory, the Falcons improve to 2-0 in dual-match play on the young season. The Dukes drop to 1-2.
Senior Nikki Chiricosta and sophomore Katie Brozovich each picked up a pair of wins on Saturday. The duo combined for a doubles victory at the second flight, and Chiricosta and Brozovich won in straight sets at singles flights number one and three, respectively.
"This was a very good road win," said BGSU head coach Penny Dean. "The match was a lot tighter than the 5-2 score might indicate.
"We got off to a slow start, but we picked up our play in singles. We got ahead in a few matches, only to see Duquesne come back at us, but we stemmed the tide."
In doubles play, the Chiricosta/Brozovich duo won decisively, downing Duquesne's team of Judy Li and Alexa Miller by a 6-2 final. But, the Dukes won at the other two flights by identical 6-4 scores to capture the initial point.
At the top flight, DU's Spencer Caravaggio and Sarah Shashura outlasted BGSU's team of senior Emily Reuland and sophomore Drew Fillis. And, in third-flight action, Falcon freshmen Harley Hutchison and Brittany Plaszewski fell to the Dukes' Chandler Consonery and Megan Wasson.
"Duquesne was after us from the get-go," said Dean. "They were very pumped up after winning the doubles point, but we did a great job of gaining the momentum in singles play. And, when they attempted to come back at us, we were able to keep them at bay."
The Falcons' five singles wins all came in straight sets, with Chiricosta and Plaszewski losing just four total games in their sweeps. Chiricosta topped Li by identical 6-2 scores at the top flight, while Plaszewski's win over Alrissa Tobe at the sixth flight also came by a 6-2, 6-2 result.
Plaszewski's win was the first dual-match singles victory of her young BGSU career. Fillis also picked up her first dual-match singles win as a Falcon on Saturday, sweeping Shashura at the fourth flight. After a 6-1 win in the opening set, Fillis closed out the win with a 7-5 victory in the second set.
"Congratulations to Drew and Brittany, as each of them picked up their first win in dual-match play today," said Dean. "Both of our freshmen in the lineup today, Brittany and Harley, did very well for us.
"And, Drew played a very good, focused match at the fourth flight to pick up the win. She stayed in the zone the entire match."
Hutchison swept Consonery in her opening set, then captured a second-set tiebreaker for the win at the fifth flight. Brozovich lost only six games in her third-flight win over Caravaggio, winning by scores of 6-4 and 6-2.
DU's only win in singles play came at the second flight, where Miller won a lengthy tiebreaker by a 12-10 score over Reuland. That came after the pair had split a pair of 6-2 sets.
With a pair of wins on Saturday, Chiricosta continues to draw closer to the top of all three BGSU career wins lists. The senior now has 86 singles victories and 172 combined wins, and is second on both charts. She trails only her sister, Christine Chiricosta (2008-11), and Nikki needs just two singles and six overall wins to match Christine's records.
In doubles, Nikki Chiricosta now has 85 victories, and has moved past Jenny Cheung (1995-98) into sole possession of third place. She trails only Maddy Eccleston (97 doubles wins from 2010-13) and Christine Chiricosta (89 doubles wins) on that list.
The Falcons return to the road next Saturday (Feb. 8), heading to East Lansing, Mich., for a 10:00 a.m. dual vs. Michigan State University. The following day -- Sunday, Feb. 9 -- will see the Brown and Orange host UIC in a 9:30 a.m. start at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.
BGSU 5, DUQUESNE 2 Sat., Feb. 1, 2014 – Alpha Fitness and Tennis – Harmar, Pa.
1 – Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Judy Li 6-2, 6-2
2 – Alexa Miller (DU) def. Emily Reuland 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (12-10)
3 – Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Spencer Caravaggio 6-4, 6-2
4 – Drew Fillis (BGSU) def. Sarah Shashura 6-1, 7-5
5 – Harley Hutchison (BGSU) def. Chandler Consonery 6-0, 7-6 (3)
6 – Brittany Plaszewski (BGSU) def. Alrissa Tobe 6-2, 6-2
1 – Caravaggio/Shashura (DU) def. Fillis/Reuland 6-4
2 – Brozovich/Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Li/Miller 6-2
3 – Consonery/Megan Wasson (DU) def. Hutchison/Plaszewski 6-4
Bulls Beat UMBC, 4-3
ITHACA, NY - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team split its road trip this weekend, coming back from a tough loss last night to defeat Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday, 4-3. Just like last evening, the two teams split the six singles matches, but UB was able to come away with the doubles point and improve to 2-1 on the year.
UMBC won the first match as they were victorious at second doubles, but UB quickly answered as the senior duo of Tanvi Shah and Miranda Podlas won at first doubles, 6-2. The Bulls snapped the the tie at third doubles as Anamaria Candanoza and Margarita Kotok came away with a 6-3 win to give Buffalo the 1-0 edge in the match.
The Bulls struck first in singles as Kotok won her match easily at fourth singles, 6-4, 6-2. The Bulls then took a commanding 3-0 lead in the match as Shah won at first singles, 6-0, 6-3. Victories by UMBC at third and sixth singles pulled it within 3-2, but junior Laura Fernandez clinched the match with a 6-7 (6), 6-2, 10-8 win at fifth singles. UMBC won the final match at second singles after a long tiebreaker set in the third.
The Bulls will be off next weekend before hosting a pair of matches during the weekend of Feb. 15. That begins with a match against Duquesne on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 pm.
1. Tanvi Shah/Miranda Podlas (UB) def. Olga Baikulova/Mariami Dolashvili (UMBC), 6-2
2. Josefin Strange-Jonsson/Shannon Cleary (UMBC) def. Laura Holterbosch/Marta Stoyanova (UB), 6-2
3. Anamaria Candanoza/Margarita Kotok (UB) def. Madlena Kurasz/Isabel Aldunate (UMBC), 6-3
Order of Finish: 2,1,3
1. Tanvi Shah (UB) def. Kim Berghaus (UMBC), 6-0, 6-3
2. Olga Baikulova (UMBC) def. Miranda Podlas (UB), 6-4, 4-6, 11-9
3. Mariami Dolashvili (UMBC) def. Anamaria Candanoza (UB), 6-2, 4-6, 10-6
4. Margarita Kotok (UB) def. Isabel Aldunate (UMBC), 6-4, 6-2
5. Laura Fernandez (UB) def. Madlena Kurasz (UMBC), 6-7 (6), 6-2, 10-8
6. Josefin Strange-Jonsson (UMBC) def. Laura Holterbosch (UB), 2-6, 6-3, 10-2
Order of Finish: 4,1,6,3,5,2
Bulls Fall 4-3 at Cornell
ITHACA, NY - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team suffered its first defeat of the season, dropping a tough 4-3 decision at Ivy League foe, Cornell. The two teams split the six singles matches, but the Big Red took the all important doubles point.
UB took the contest at first doubles as Cornell was forced to retire early in the match, but the host Big Red won at both second and third doubles by an identical 6-2 score, putting the Bulls down 1-0 heading into singles action.
UB picked up the first singles victory as freshman Margarita Kotok continued her strong play with a win at fourth singles, 6-3, 6-2. Cornell won at third singles, but then Buffalo got another win from a freshman as Laura Holterbosch won at sixth singles, 6-2, 3-6, 10-6. Victories at first and second singles clinched the match for Cornell, but the Bulls were able to win the final match of the day as junior Laura Fernandez won at fifth singles, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-7.
The Bulls will remain in Ithaca, NY and will face UMBC tomorrow morning at 9:00 am.
1. Tanvi Shah/Miranda Podlas (UB) def. Ryann Young/Lauren Frazier (Cornell), 2-1 ret.
2. Marika Cusick/Alexsandra D'Ascenzo (Cornell) def. Marta Stoyanova/Laura Holterbosch (UB), 6-2
3. Dena Tanenbaum/Christy Kung (Cornell) def. Anamaria Candanoza/Margarita Kotok (UB), 6-2
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
1. Dena Tanenbaum (Cornell) def. Tanvi Shah (UB), 6-3, 6-4
2. Marika Cusick (Cornell) def. Miranda Podlas (UB), 7-5, 6-3
3. Alexsandra D'Ascenzo (Cornell) def. Anamaria Candanoza (UB), 6-4, 6-0
4. Margarita Kotok (UB) def. Lauren Frazier (Cornell), 6-3, 6-2
5. Laura Fernandez (UB) def. Christy Kung (Cornell), 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-7
6. Laura Holterbosch (UB) def. Quill (Cornell), 6-2, 3-6, 10-6
Order of Finish: 4,3,6,1,2,5
Eagles Drop 6-1 Decision to Michigan State; Mebuke took home EMU's lone victory
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team snapped its four-match win streak as the team dropped a 6-1 final to Michigan State, Sunday, Feb. 2 in East Lansing, Mich. With the loss, Eastern falls to 5-2 overall on the season. Meanwhile, Michigan State improves to 4-1 overall.
The Green and White were unable to get anything going in double competition as the Spartans secured three victories. The duo of Nino Mebuke (Tbilisi, Georgia-English-Spanish School) and Klara Supejova (Prague, Czech Republic-Sportovni Gymnazium Klandno) had a valiant effort in No. 1 doubles as the pair fell 7-6 to the MSU duo of Marina Boher and Erin Faulkner.
Michigan State held the momentum heading into singles competition as it took the win at both No. 1 and No. 2 singles before Mebuke secured the Eagles only victory of the day. The Tbilsi, Georgia native took down MSU's Catherine Parenteau in two straight sets as she earned a 6-4 victory in the first set and cruised to a 6-2 victory in the second.
Despite the victory at No. 3 singles, Eastern was unable to get anything going in the first three matches as Michigan State took three-straight to earn the 6-1 victory over Eastern Michigan.
"This was a disappointing loss" said Head Coach Ryan Ray. "Definitely not the performance we normally bring to the court. MSU played steady tennis today, and we gave them a share of free points. Next weekend, we will bring better tennis in Kansas."
The Eagles will be back in action Saturday, Feb. 8 when they head to Lawrence, Kan. to take on both UMKC and Kansas. The Green and White it set to take on UMKC, Friday, Feb. 8 at noon before the team matches up against Kansas, Saturday, Feb. 3 at 10:30 a.m.
1. Bohrer/Faulkner (MSU) def. Mebuke/Supejova 7-6(5)
2. Meyers/Gruber (MSU) Toncheva/Davitaia 6-2
3. Zelechonok/Trouillot (MSU) def. Friedrichs/Biro 6-3
1. Marina Bohrer (MSU) def. Klara Supejova 6-3,7-6(6)
2. Erin Faulkner (MSU) def. Diana Davitaia 6-2,6-3
3. Nino Mebuke def. Catherine Parenteau (MSU) 6-4,6-2
4. Emily Meyers (MSU) def. Mariya Toncheva 6-1,6-2
5. Olga Chernova (MSU) def. Daphne Friedrichs 6-3,6-3
6. Athena Trouillot (MSU) def. Zsofia Biro 6-2,6-0
Miami Tennis Downs Cincinnati, 4-3
HAMILTON, Ohio – In the final contest of a three-match homestand, the Miami University women’s tennis team picked up its third victory of the season with a win over Cincinnati, 4-3. Freshman Andreea Badileanu won the match point with a 6-1, 7-5 showing at No. 2 singles.
Miami improved to 3-0 on the season following the win while the Bearcats dropped to 1-4.
“It was good to get the win,” said associate head coach Ricardo Rosas. “Cincinnati came out strong in doubles but it was good to see our kids stick to the gameplan in singles. They fought for every shot that we needed to ultimately get it done.”
In doubles action, the RedHawks dropped two of the three sets thus surrendering a point to the Bearcats. At No. 1 doubles, junior Christine Guerrazzi and sophomore Ana Rajkovic lost 2-6 while senior Nimisha Mohan and freshman Andreea Badileanu fell at No. 2 singles, 3-6. Miami prevailed at No. 3 singles thanks to a strong 6-1 showing by junior Ramona Costea and senior Christiana Raymond.
Miami started things off well in singles play as Rajkovic won 6-3, 6-0 at No. 6 competition, Costea came out on top by a score of 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 singles and Mohan downed her opponent 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. With the match score sitting at 3-1, Miami needed one more point to clinch the win.
Guerrazzi was the next RedHawk finisher, falling 2-6, 2-6 at No. 5 singles. At No. 1 singles, Raymond lost in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-2) but Badileanu was able to secure the match point by winning 6-1, 7-5 at No. 2 singles.
Miami travels to Bloomington, Ind. next weekend to take on the Hoosiers on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11 a.m. before returning to Hamilton for a 2 p.m. contest against IUPUI on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Miami Sweeps Wright State, 7-0
HAMILTON, Ohio – In their second dual match of the season, the Miami University women’s tennis team swept Wright State, 7-0. Miami won the three doubles matches and came out victorious in all six singles matches, dropping only one set along the way.
In doubles action, sophomore Ana Rajkovic and junior Christine Guerrazzi won 8-6 at No.1 doubles. Senior Nimisha Mohan and freshman Andreea Badileanu prevailed at No. 2 doubles, 8-6. At No. 3 doubles, junior Ramona Costea and senior Christiana Raymond won, 8-5.
In singles play, the RedHawks only dropped one set en route to a 6-0 singles sweep. Raymond won at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-3 and Badileanu won at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2. Mohan won at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-2 while Costea won at No. 5 singles 6-2, 6-2. Rajkovic came out on top at No. 6 singles 6-0, 6-0. At No. 3 singles, Guerrazzi split her first two sets, 6-1, 4-6. In lieu of a full third set, Guerrazzzi and Wright State’s Vanessa Madrigal played a 10-point tie-breaker in which Guerazzi won 10-7.
Miami returns to action tomorrow at 2 p.m. when Cincinnati comes to Hamilton to face the RedHawks indoors at the Riverside Athletic Club.
Women's Tennis Falls to Wisconsin, 5-2; The Huskies are now 1-1 this season
MADISON, Wis. - The Northern Illinois women's tennis team was at Wisconsin Sunday afternoon, taking on the Badgers in the second match of the spring season for the Huskies. The Huskies ended up losing this one, 5-2. With that, the team is 1-1 this season.
"I was pleased with our doubles play," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. "We need to continue to improve overall, but this was not a disappointing match. We faced a very good Wisconsin team. Our intensity was high, and we were well-tested today."
The match began with some tough contests in doubles play. Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre picked up a win in the No. 1 match by defeating Wisconsin's Lauren Burich and Sydney Rider in a 6-4 final. However, the Huskies dropped the other two doubles matches to lose the doubles point and go down early, 1-0.
In singles play, Stephanie McDonald picked up a nice victory in the No. 6 match when she took on Badger Becca Bailey. McDonald took the first set 6-3, but Bailey forced a super tiebreak by getting the second set 6-2. McDonald hung in there for the Huskies though, winning the tiebreak 10-6 and taking the point for her team. Her efforts weren't quite enough however, as the Huskies dropped four of the six singles matches, ending the event in a 5-2 loss for NIU.
The Huskies will next play on Friday, February 7 in the afternoon at 1:00 p.m. At the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill. the Huskies will face SIU-Edwardsville in their third match of the season.
"We'll get right back to work tomorrow to prepare for Edwardsville," added Ferrell.
WIS 5, NIU 2
#1: Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def, Nelle Youel (NIU) 6-2, 6-2
#2: Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 6-1, 6-0
#3: Cristina Alvarez (NIU) def. Nova Patel (WIS) 6-7, 0-1, forfeit
#4: Lauren Burich (WIS) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU) 6-2, 6-3
#5: Sydney Rider (WIS) def. Mary Malkin (NIU) 6-1, 6-1
#6: Stephanie McDonald (NIU) def. Becca Bailey (WIS) 6-3, 2-6, (10-6)
De La Torre/Youel (NIU) def. Burich/Rider (WIS) 6-4
Bailey/Chypyha (WIS) def. Dekkinga/McDonald (NIU) 7-5
Patel/Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Rozo/Alavarez (NIU) 6-4
Rocket Women’s Tennis Sweeps IUPUI to Improve to 2-2 in 2014
TOLEDO, OH - The Toledo women’s tennis team earned its second win of the season on Friday at Shadow Valley Tennis Club, defeating IUPUI 7-0. The Rockets secured the doubles point by winning all three doubles matches.
Sophomore Emily Mazzola (Chagrin Falls, OH) and junior Lexy Pitt (Atlanta, GA) scored a 6-3 win in the No. 1 slot, while sophomore Katelyn Nguyen (Anaheim, CA) and junior Pia Rygh (Oslo, Norway) won No. 2 doubles and sophomore Mackenzie Bowman (Bothell, WA) teamed up with freshman Lauren Thai (Galloway, OH) to win No. 3 doubles.
Mazzola and Pitt improved to 3-1 overall as a doubles team.
In singles play, senior Chrissy Coffman (Akron, OH) was taken to three sets in the No. 1 spot before she pulled out her second victory of the season.
Nguyen earned her third-consecutive victory, defeating Rachel Swartwood of IUPUI in No. 2 doubles, and Pitt improved to 3-0 in singles play on the season.
The Rockets are back in action next weekend with home matches on Saturday, Feb. 8 against UIC and Sunday, Feb. 9 against Detroit. Both matches are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Shadow Valley.
TOLEDO 7, IUPUI 0
1. Chrissy Coffman (TOL) def. Bobbi Modesto (IUPUI) 2-6, 7-5, 10-8
2. Katelyn Nguyen (TOL) def. Rachel Swartwood (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-1
3. Emily Mazzola (TOL) def. Vanessa Whyte (IUPUI) 7-5, 6-3
4. Mackenzie Bowman (TOL) def. Rachel Bridegroom (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-2
5. Lexy Pitt (TOL) def. Julie Brockman (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-0
6. Kayleigh Hall (TOL) def. Abbey Neff (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-2
1. Emily Mazzola/Lexy Pitt (TOL) def. Vanessa Whyte/Rachel Swartwood (IUPUI) 6-3
2. Katelyn Nguyen/Pia Rygh (TOL) def. Rachel Bridegroom/Bobbi Modesto (IUPUI) 6-2
3. Mackenzie Bowman/Lauren Thai (TOL) def. Julie Brockman/Abbey Neff (IUPUI) 6-0
Broncos Split Doubleheader with #39 Indiana, Oakland
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team split a doubleheader at home on Friday, falling 5-2 to the 39th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers before dominating the Oakland Golden Grizzlies for a 7-0 decision at West Hills Athletic Club. The Broncos' record on the season now stands at 4-2 overall.
The Broncos' day started with an excellent showing in the doubles session against the Hoosiers, taking two of the three matches and nearly winning the third as WMU took an early 1-0 lead on Indiana in the early match. Nini Sujashvili and Tracy Kuhle came back from an early deficit to the pair of Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy in the No. 3 doubles match, battling back and taking a 6-4 decision. Meika Ashby and Yuriko Ono lost a tight 7-5 decision in the No. 2 doubles match to Kayla Fujimoto and Sophie Garre to tie the session up, but Kathleen Hawkins and Caroline Aleck sealed the doubles point for the Broncos with a 7-5 win over the No. 1 doubles pairing of Carolyn Chupa and Katie Klyczek.
The Hoosiers took a 3-1 lead in the match with straight-sets wins in the Nos. 2, 6, and 4 singles matches, but the Broncos put up a resistance and had a chance to take the match late. Klyczek, ranked 73rd in the nation in singles, overcame a spirited effort from Sujashvili in a second set tiebreaker to win the No. 1 singles match 6-1, 7-6 (7) and clinch the team match. Moments later, Ashby closed out a straight sets victory of her own, downing Kauss 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 3 singles match.
The Broncos took their frustrations out on the Golden Grizzlies in the nightcap, winning all nine matches on the docket for a shutout win over Oakland. The doubles session began with another win from Sujashvili and Kuhle, who defeated Cam Sabourin and Tamara Blum 6-0 in the No. 2 doubles match. The doubles pairing of Ashby and Ono took the No. 1 doubles match literally just seconds later, beating Elizabeth Guy and Karine Celis by an identical 6-0 score. Aleck and Kelsey King rounded out the doubles session with a 6-1 win, downing Rebecca Phyle and Juliana Guevara in the No. 3 doubles match.
Ashby opened up the singles session with a quick victory over Celis in the No. 2 singles spot, beating her 6-0, 6-1 to give WMU a 2-0 lead in the match. Sujashvili defeated Tamara Blum 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match to open the lead up to 3-0, and King clinched the match win with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Guevara in the No. 4 singles match. Kuhle kept the momentum going with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Guy in the No. 6 singles match, and Hawkins cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Phyle in the No. 3 singles match to make it a 6-0 edge. Ono closed out the evening with a comeback against Sabourin in the No. 5 singles match, bouncing back from a 6-0 loss in the first set to win 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6).
#39 Indiana 5, Western Michigan 2
1. #73 Katie Klyczek (IU) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-1, 7-6 (9-7)
2. Carolyn Chupa (IU) def. #55 Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Meika Ashby (WMU) def. Alecia Kauss (IU) 6-2, 6-4
4. #86 Sophie Garre (IU) def. Kelsey King (WMU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Paula Gutierrez (IU) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 1-0 (10-3)
6. Shannon Murdy (IU) def. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) 6-2, 6-2
1. Kathleen Hawkins/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Carolyn Chupa/Katie Klyczek (IU) 7-5
2. Kayla Fujimoto/Sophie Garre (IU) def. Meika Ashby/Yuriko Ono (WMU) 7-5
3. Nini Sujashvili/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Alecia Kauss/Shannon Murdy (IU) 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,6,4,1,3,5)
Western Michigan 7, Oakland 0
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Tamara Blum (OU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Meika Ashby (WMU) def. Karine Celis (OU) 6-0, 6-1
3. #55 Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Rebecca Phyle (OU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Juliana Guevara (OU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Cam Sabourin (OU) 0-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Elizabeth Guy (OU) 6-1, 6-2
1. Meika Ashby/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Elizabeth Guy/Karine Celis (OU) 6-0
2. Nini Sujashvili/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Cam Sabourin/Tamara Blum (OU) 6-0
3. Caroline Aleck/Kelsey King (WMU) def. Rebecca Phyle/Juliana Guevara (OU) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,1,4,6,3,5)