Falcons’ season comes to an end with a loss in MAC Championship

The Bowling Green tennis team participated in the Mid Atlantic Conference championship this weekend.

As the sixth seed the Falcons faced the third seeded Eastern Michigan Eagles. The Falcons fell to the Eagles 4-0 on Friday April 25. With that loss the Falcons saw their season come to an end with a final record of 10-9.

This marked the end of the careers of seniors of Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland. The Eagles picked up a competitive doubles point to take an early lead. The duo of Reuland and Drew Fillis took an early 2-1 lead over Klara Supejova and Nino Mebuke, but Supejova and Mebuke won the next two games to take the lead, Then they the closed it out as they finished Reuland and Fillis off with a 8-3 win over BG.

Freshmen Hannah Drayton and Harley Hutchison took on EMU’s Mariya Toncheva and Daphne Friedrichs. The match started with three straight ties at 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3. Then Mariya Toncheva and Daphne Friedrichs took the lead by a couple of games at 6-4. Drayton and Hutchison tried to come back and they got back within one point on a couple of occasions but the Eagles countered every time by winning the next game. Toncheva and Friedrichs won the match by an 8-6 score to grab the doubles point for the Eagles.

Chiricosta and sophomore Katie Brozovich were leading the Eagles’ Diana Davitaia and Maria Paula Ribero by a score of 6-5 but then the match got stopped. That wasn’t the only time that matches got halted.

Chiricosta took leads of 3-1 and 4-2 over Supejova, but Supejova fought back to tie the set at 4-4. Chiricosta won two-straight games to win the set. When Chiricosta had taken a 2-1 lead in the match play was stopped once again.

The match between Chiricosta and Supejova was one to highlight because that was the battle of the past two MAC players of the year award winners with Supejova winning the award in 2013 and Chiricosta won the 2014 award.

Another matchup that was highlighted on the day was the match between All-MAC Second-Team member Emily Reuland and all-conference first team member Davitaia for Eastern Michigan. Reuland started out strong as she cruised to a 6-0 win in the opening set, and in the second set the match was tied 3-3 before play was stopped once again.

Chiricosta ends her illustrious career as the winningest player in BG history. She ends her career with 190 career victories a number that she captured earlier in the season as she broke the record of most career victories which was a number that was previously set by her sister Christine Chiricosta. Reuland ends her career with 166 total wins which is good enough for fourth place on the BG wins list.