Tennis strong during BGSU Invite

Mike Knoll and Mike Knoll

The women’s tennis team ended the 2004 BGSU Invitational with strong play yesterday.

The BG women brought finalists to four out of the six flights, winning two of the four matches.

The tournament included Buffalo, Ferris State, Indiana State and Xavier.

One of the highlights of the weekend was the great play of sophomore Ashley Jakupcin. Jakupcin defeated Stephanie Bauer of Xavier in the number-two singles final.

What is significant about the win is that Jakupcin became the first Falcon to defeat Bauer in her four years of playing in the tournament.

Susie Schoenberger had a good time at Keefe Courts. She defeated last year’s MAC freshman of the year, Miglena Nenova 6-3, 6-2.

Schoenberger moved on to the number-one singles final yesterday but was defeated by Andreea Novaceanu 6-4, 5-7, 6-2.

BG head coach Penny Dean had nothing but praise for Schoenberger’s play, saying she played fantastically all weekend.

Another bright spot of the tournament was the return of senior Laura Kokinda. She won the flight six singles final. This was her first tournament play since tearing her ACL last season.

Coach Penny Dean was also pleased with all of the doubles play throughout the weekend.

“Susie (Schoenberger) and Heidi (Romer) found a good chemistry and kept each other pumped up and playing well.” Dean said.

This was the first time that Schoenberger and Romer played together. They ended up winning third place in the first flight.

Dean was happy with the play by the doubles tandem of Laura Kokinda and Andrea Meister.

Kinkada and Meister won the doubles final in the third flight of the tournament.

Dean was worried about Andrea Volley and Jenna Nussbaum, but the freshmen performed well.

“The freshman were off and on but showed moments of brilliance.” Dean said.

The Falcons travel to Ann Arbor next weekend to play in Michigan’s Wolverine Fall Invitational.