Northwood's Suzana Alcaraz Named GLIAC Women's Tennis "Athlete of the Week"
BAY CITY, Mich. - Northwood University freshman Suzana Alcaraz (Aguascalientes, Mexico) earned GLIAC Women's Tennis "Athlete of the Week" honors after posting a combined 4-0 record in two GLIAC matches and leading the Timberwolves to the 2011 GLIAC Women's Tennis Championship.
GLIAC Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week:
Suzana Alcaraz -
Susana Alcaraz led Northwood to a
GLIAC Championship, going 4-0 at No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles
against Findlay and Tiffin. In her four victories, she
dropped a total of just seven games. Alcaraz was perfect in
GLIAC play this season, going 11-0 at No. 1 singles and No. 1
doubles. She was the top player for the Timberwolves, leading
them to their eighth GLIAC Championship over the last nine
GLIAC Women’s Tennis
Weekly Honor Roll: Paige Cooper - AU, Mary Coleman -
FS, Morgan Delp - HC, Tess Marton - LS, Charlotte Wong - SV,
Malaika Messi - TU, Kristina Goranskaya - WS.
2011 GLIAC Women’s Tennis Athletes of the Week: (9/7) K. Goranskaya - WS; (9/13) Y. Moore - WS; (9/20) E. Zhukoven - NU; (9/28) P. Suthijinddawong - MT; (10/5) A. Mariano - OD; (10/11) L. Rice - GV;(10/18) S. Alcaraz - NU.
The Eagles were 2-0 last week over
Cedarville and Ohio Dominican at the AU Tennis Courts to clinch the
fourth seed at the GLIAC Tournament to be played this week. The
Eagles lost just one of the 18 matches contested last week. The
first doubles pairing of Torrie Goudy and Paige Cooper won both
matches last week and are now 64-27 all-time, all at first doubles.
Cooper, Erika Sullivan, Zdenka Pozo, Kira Kotova and Sally Trout
were all unbeaten in singles play last week. The pairings of
Kotova-Trout and Sullivan-Pozo were also 2-0 last week. The Eagles
are in Midland, Mich. for the GLIAC Tournament this weekend. They
play Ferris State in the opening round on Friday at 6 p.m.
Ferris State Bulldogs
The Ferris State University
women’s tennis team picked up a forfeit win over Lake Erie on
Saturday (Oct. 8) in Painesville, Ohio. The Storm had to forfeit
the match as they did not have enough players to compete against
the Bulldogs. No individual or doubles contests were held...
The Bulldogs also defeated Ohio Dominican by a 7-2 score on Friday
(Oct. 7), but suffered a 7-2 loss to open the trip at Ashland on
Thursday (Oct. 6)... Ferris State improved to 8-3 overall and in
conference play with the forfeit victory... FSU will next host
rival Grand Valley State in a rescheduled match on Thursday, Oct.
13, at 2 p.m. (ET) at the FSU Racquet and Fitness Center... It is
the final regular-season match until Oct. 21-23 when the Bulldogs
take part in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(GLIAC) Tournament in Midland, Mich.
The University of Findlay women's tennis team fell at home by a score of 9-0 to Northwood University on Monday, October 17 to end their fall season... he Oilers, who are now 2-11 on the year, end their conference season with a 1-11 mark in the GLIAC.
Grand Valley State Lakers
GVSU picked up an 8-1 win at Ferris
State after having the match rescheduled. Last week,
sophomore Lexi Rice was named the GLIAC Athlete of the Week for the
first time in her career. The Lakers sit in third place in the
conference heading into the GLIAC Championship beginning on Friday,
Oct. 21... Senior Tara Hayes (Shelby Township, Mich.) defeated
Ferris State’s Tabitha Simpson, 6-0, 6-1, in the No. 2 spot
in Grand Valley State’s only match of the week. Hayes
also picked up an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles with partner Alyssa
Lucas. Hayes is 8-2 in the No. 2 spot in the GLIAC while
picking up a 10-3 record overall. In doubles she has a
combined record of 6-5 in the GLIAC, pairing with Anne Marie Morin
and Alyssa Lucas, both at the No. 1 doubles spot.
The Hillsdale College women’s tennis team finished up its
first season as a program in the modern era this week, losing road
matches at Wayne State and Saginaw Valley State…Freshman
Morgan Delp rolled to wins at No. 2 singles, and teamed up with
junior Brittany Parks for a decisive 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles. Delp
improved throughout the season, and with three more years in front
of her, the Chargers figure to look forward to many more victories
from her in the future. She won five of her last singles matches to
end the season…Brittany Parks went 10-5 at both singles and
doubles this season.
Lake Erie Storm
Lake Superior State Lakers
Freshman Meagan Grey (Munising,
Mich.) won by default at No. 6 singles. Sophomore’s Marton,
Kaitlynn Hutchinson (Cadillac, Mich) 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 at No. 4
singles, and Holly Daniel (Zeeland, Mich.) 6-1, 6-0 were all
victorious for the Lakers. The Lakers were 2-1 in doubles with
Daniel and Teodora Gavric (Windsor, Ont.) winning by default at No.
3 while Marton and DiVito won at No. 1 doubles 8-5.
Michigan Tech Huskies
Michigan Tech wrapped up its 2011 fall women’s tennis schedule today with a 6-3 loss at Lake Superior State. The Huskies conclude their fall campaign with a 3-9 record (3-9 in GLIAC play). The Lakers improved to 12-5 (7-5 GLIAC) with their win... Tech trailed 2-1 after doubles. Ploy Suthijindawong and Chelsea Uganski combined for an 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles, accounting for the Huskies’ point... Suthijindawong went 2-0 on the day by winning her singles match as well. She cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at No. 2. Tech’s No. 1 player Natalia Lebedeva capped a 9-5 fall season with a 6-3, 6-1 victory in her match... Uganski battled back from a 7-5 first-set setback with a 6-4 win in set two. LSSU’s Kaitlynn Hutchinson beat Uganski 10-8 in the third-set super tiebreaker... Lake Superior State won matches at Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles... Michigan Tech, which did not qualify for the GLIAC Tournament, will wait to compete again until the spring season.
Northwood claimed its eighth GLIAC Championship over the last
nine years thanks to wins over Findlay and Tiffin on Monday
… NU finished the regular season 11-0 …
Northwood’s regular season concludes with the Timberwolves
going 92-7 overall (.929) in GLIAC play in singles and doubles
combined … NU went 32-1 in doubles (.970) and 60-6 in
singles (.909) … taking out the Grand Valley State match,
Northwood went 87-3 overall (.967) in GLIAC play … freshman
Susana Alcaraz (Aguascalientes, Mexico) posted a perfect record at
No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles in conference play, going 11-0 at
Ohio Dominican Panthers
Saginaw Valley State Cardinals
SVSU would grab the final spot in
the GLIAC Tennis Tournament this past week by going undefeated in
their three matches winning 7-2, 8-1, and 9-0. On Thursday (Oct.
13), Saginaw Valley would grab itsfirst win with a score of 7-2
over Hillsdale College. The Cardinals would take two of the
three matches in the doubles, with the teams of Charlotte Wong and
Theresa Frederick picking up an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles. The
tandem of Bobbi Enos and Katie Piorkowski would also pick up an 8-2
win at no. 3 doubles. Yunjiao Shangguan would win a three set
thriller at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 7-6(3), 10-8... The next day,
Saturday (Oct. 14), the Cardinals would earn another win defeating
the Tiffin Dragons, 8-1.The team of Shangguan and Woody would get
the Cardinals off to a good start winning their No. 1 doubles match
9-7. Wong and Campian would keep the Cardinals going, winning at
No. 2 doubles 9-8 while Enos and Piorkowski would also finish with
a win in No. 3 doubles, 8-2... Saginaw Valley will return to action
this Friday (Oct. 21) to face Northwood University at the Midland
Community Tennis Center for the first round in GLIAC tournament
TU defeated Huntington on the road
6-3. Malaika Messi won 6-0, 6-1 while Taylor Cooper also won in
straight sets 6-1, 6-3. Anna Scherting continued the streak with a
6-0, 6-1 win, while Nicole Ardner battled to a 6-0, 3-6, 6-0 three
set victory. Chelsea Beck got the final singles win with a 6-0, 6-0
shutout. In doubles play, Scherting/Beck posted an 8-0
shutout…Tiffin University had two separate match points in
two doubles matches, and two other defeats in singles play went
three sets, as the Dragons fell in a closer-than-it-sounds 8-1 loss
to Saginaw Valley State. At first doubles, Malaika Messi/Taylor
Cooper fell 7-9 despite having a chance to serve for the match. At
second doubles, Anna Scherting/Chelsea Beck also lost the
day’s closest match 8-9, failing to convert a match point.
Cassie Dye/Nicole Ardner lost the third doubles match 2-8. In
singles, Messi posted a tough 3-6, 6-2, 10-3 first singles win. But
TU dropped matches at fifth and sixth singles, with both matches
going three sets. Beck fell 6-4, 2-6, 6-10, while Dye lost 6-3,
Wayne State Warriors
The Wayne State University women’s tennis team (11-1, 11-1 GLIAC) ended its regular season conference schedule with a 9-0 victory over visiting Hillsdale College (3-11, 2-9 GLIAC) on Senior Day. Kristina Goranskaya (Thornhill, Ontario / Northview Heights Secondary School), the lone senior, battled to a tiebreaking win over Brittany Parks at one singles, 6-0, 5-7 (10-7). The win put her eight victories away from tying Sharon Gill as WSU’s career singles wins leader. In one doubles, Goranskaya paired with freshman Daniel Garcia-Diaz (Cali (Valle, Colombia) / Gimnasio, Britanico) to pick up her 75th career win, prevailing in a comeback effort over Parks and Morgan Delp, 9-8 (10-5). The senior sits five wins from equaling Gill’s school record mark of 80 career doubles wins. The Warriors earned decisive victories in the rest of the matches, garnering shutout wins in three of the six singles matches, while the two and three doubles bouts were both 8-1 triumphs.