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Frederika Girsang is MAC Player of the Year

April 30, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Frederika Girsang and Melanie Peters, members of the women's tennis team at Western Michigan University, earned all-conference recognition at the Mid-American Conference awards banquet April 24.

Girsang, a junior from Jakarta, Indonesia, was named the MAC Player of the Year and was also placed on the All-MAC first team. She is the first player at Western Michigan to earn MAC Player of the Year award since its creation in 1998. Girsang has earned All-MAC honors each of her three seasons at WMU. This season, she was a perfect 8-0 at No. 1 singles for the Broncos in MAC competition. Girsang also was 7-1 in MAC doubles play, mostly from the No. 1 position. For the season, she was 31-9 in singles and 29-12 in doubles. Her 60 combined wins is a WMU record, surpassing the 58-win record season of Kendrah Becker in 2000.

Peters, a senior from Portage, Mich., was named to the All-MAC Second Team, marking the first time in her career she has receive all-conference recognition. She has earned a career-high 49 victories this season, playing mostly from the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles position. Her career win total now stands at 174, which places her sixth on the Western Michigan all-time wins list. Peters won 29 doubles matches this season, fourth on the single-season list at WMU. In MAC play, Peters was 4-3 in singles and 6-1 in doubles. Overall, she was 20-17 in singles and 29-11 in doubles.

WMU was eliminated in the semi-final round of the MAC tournament and finished with a 15-9 overall record. and a 7-2 record in MAC regular season play.

Media contact: Travis McCurdy, 269 387-4138, travis.mccurdy@wmich.edu

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