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Women's tennis team beats nationally ranked Marquette

April 10, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- The Western Michigan University women's tennis team won its third consecutive match with a 5-4 upset of nationally ranked Marquette University on Sunday (April 9) at West Hills Athletic Club.

The Broncos improved to 12-6 overall with the victory over the Golden Eagles. Western Michigan finished its three-match homestand with a perfect 3-0 ledger. WMU, 4-1 in Mid-American Conference play, hosts Ball State and Bowling Green April 14 and 15, respectively, in its next action.

Marquette entered Sunday's match ranked No. 50 in the nation.

Seniors Kendra Becker and Diana Dimitrescu continued singles and doubles hot streaks against Marquette. The seniors teamed up for an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles, their sixth straight doubles win. Becker defeated Alex Stankovic 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles for her fourth straight win and team- leading 23rd singles triumph. Dimitrescu won her fifth consecutive singles match by knocking off Christine DiMasi 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5.

Portage Northern graduate Melanie Remynse was a 7-5, 7-6 winner at No. 4 against Anna Pavlovic. Larissa Chinwah won 6-2, 6-4 in No. 1 singles.

Cyra Malik lost by a 7-5, 6-1 count at No. 2 singles. Nikki Thompson fell 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles position. Chinwah and Thompson lost 8-1 in No. 1 doubles play while Malik and Remynse were defeated 8-4 at No. 2.

WMU 7 Toledo 0

Larissa Chinwah and Melanie Remynse won 8-0 at No. 1 doubles. Kendra Becker and Diana Dimitrescu teamed up for an 8-4 triumph in the No. 2 doubles match while Eloísa Marquez and Mindy Champion posted an 8-6 No. 3 doubles win, their first league doubles victory of the season.

Chinwah breezed to a 6-2, 6-3 win over Marivi Cuartin in No. 1 singles play. Cyra Malik's 6-2, 6-2 victory over Donna Peters at No. 2 gave her 19 singles wins on the year, the second-best total on the team.

Remynse bounced back after losing the first MAC match of her career on Friday against Eastern Michigan with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Olga Fedotova at No. 3. Dimitrescu won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4 to stay perfect in conference singles action.

Becker tallied her 22nd singles victory of the season by defeating Natasa Gligoric 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5. Marquez recorded her first career MAC win by knocking off the Rockets' Marie Craig in straight sets (6-0, 6-0) in the No. 6 singles match.

WMU 5 Eastern Michigan 2

Seniors Kendra Becker and Diana Dimitrescu won their fourth straight doubles match and seventh in their last eight tries with an 8-2 win at No. 3. Cyra Malik and Melanie Remynse were 8-0 victors at No. 2, giving WMU the doubles point. Larissa Chinwah and Nikki Thompson lost 8-3 at No. 1 doubles.

Becker won her team-leading 21st singles match with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Christy Helsinger at No. 6. Dimitrescu won her third straight No. 5 singles match, defeating Agnieszka Tokarczuk 6-1, 6-0. Dimitrescu is now 4-0 in MAC singles play. Malik and Thompson were winners at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively. Malik beat Lisa D'Amelio 6-3, 6-1 while Thompson knocked off Manuela Todorova 7-6, 6-4.

Chinwah fell 6-2, 7-6 to Rebecca Hawkins in No. 1 singles play. Remynse lost for the first time in MAC singles play with a 6-3, 6-4 defeat at No. 4.

Media contact: Geoff Brown; 616 387-4138; geoffrey.brown@wmich.edu

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