FROSTBURG, MD -
The Frostburg State University Women’s Tennis team improved its 2-10 overall record from last season to 7-10 in 2003.
It was a tough start for the squad as they were bested in their first two matches. First, with a 9-0 sweep by Waynesburg followed by an 8-1 loss to Catholic.
Eager to not repeat their eight-game season-opening losing streak from the previous season, the Bobcats took a 5-4 win against Division II Fairmont State in their third match before heading to the Penn State Behrend Invitational Tournament where they finished fourth.
Against Fairmont, senior Christina Bleivik (Bartlett/Anchorage, Alaska) picked up her first collegiate tennis victory with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Kayla Kurczak. Bleivik, who played No. 2 singles and also enjoyed solid careers in soccer and basketball at FSU, garnered Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Player of the Week honors twice en route to finishing 9-7 on the season.
Another highlight from the Fairmont victory was freshman Kierstin Elia’s (Patuxent/Lusby, Md.) grueling 7-6(4),3-6,6-3 win over Anna Pawlaski at No. 3 singles.
At the PSB Invite, the Bobcats went 1-2, defeating Fredonia 4-1, losing to Indiana (Pa.) 5-0 and falling to Clarion 3-2.
Junior Kirsten Getz (Beall/Frostburg, Md.), who was named the 2002 AMCC Player of the Year, won both her singles matches versus Fredonia and Clarion, but lost her doubles contest with Bleivik against IUP, 8-3.
Winning FSU’s lone point in doubles against Fredonia were senior Aimee Mendoza (Frostburg, Md./Great Mills) and junior Susan Adkins (Archbishop Spaulding/Severn, Md.) winning 8-5.
After the tournament, the Bobcats pounced on Penn State Behrend, picking up their first AMCC win of the season, 5-4. Highlighting the match was sophomore Sandy Nagabhushan’s (Beall/Frostburg, Md) deciding 7-5,3-6,6-3 win over Amy Frizzel at the fifth spot.
Next, the Red and Black lost two contests to AMCC opponent Chatham. In their first meeting, the Bobcats were edged by a narrow 5-4 decision before dropping the second contest, 6-3.
At the Shenandoah Invitational, FSU was blanked by tournament-winning Waynesburg, 9-0 before dropping Shenandoah, 6-3.
Picking-up wins in both singles and doubles against Shenandoah were senior Dawn Zimmerman (Linganore /Frederick, Md.) and sophomore Michelle Mitchell (Parkdale/Landover, Md.).
The Red and Black then had a very close three-match losing, losing 6-3 to Bethany before losing two 5-4 matches against PSB and Washington & Jefferson.
Against Bethany, Getz won her singles match and her doubles match with Bleivik, while Adkins picked-up the third point and her second win of the season with her 6-1,6-1 win at sixth singles.
In the loss against PSB, Getz and Bleivik combined to win at No.1 doubles and also won their singles matches. Winning the fourth point for FSU was Adkins and Mendoza at third doubles.
In the loss to W&J, Bleivik turned in a marathon 6-4,4-6,6-2 singles win over Jennifer Scott and again combined with Getz to win at the No.1 doubles slot.
FSU then finished its home schedule and snapped its three-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over AMCC opponent Penn State Altoona. Freshman Meghan Hess (Centennial/Ellicott City, Md.) earned her first collegiate tennis career victory with her 6-4, 6-3 win over Lindsay Masterson at fourth singles. Also picking up singles wins for FSU were Bleivik, Mendoza and Adkins.
FSU continued to play strong, adding a win over Goucher and another tally over PSA, bringing their overall record to 6-3. Against Goucher, the Bobcats barely edged the Gophers, 5-4, before using three singles and three doubles victories to win 6-3 at PSA.
At the AMCC Tournament held at PSA, the only player to win AMCC championships was Mendoza with her victory at the fifth singles flight. Mendoza bested Chatham’s Jamie Baker 6-0, 6-0 before eliminating PSB’s Amy Frizzel 6-1, 6-4 for the title.
At the sixth spot, Adkins won her first round 6-3,6-1 against PSB’s Jenny Zhang, before losing in the finals to Chatham’s Keina Umeki.
Getz lost 6-4,5-7,6-3 in the first round to Chatham’s Sarah Miller at the No. 1 flight, while Bleivik lost in the first round of the No. 2 flight to PSA’s Nicole Marietta,4-6,7-6(3),6-3 in her fifth three-set match of the season.
Elia and Hess were both downed in the first round of the third and fourth flights, respectively.
In doubles, Getz and Bleivik won their 11th match of the season at No. 1 doubles against Chatham, 8-4, before falling to PSA in the final, 8-6.
Adkins and Mendoza earned their sixth win of the season at second doubles with an 8-0 blanking of PSA in the first round before falling to Chatham in a close 9-8 final. Elia and Hess were bested in the first round of the No.3 doubles flight by Chatham.
“The AMCC tournament was a reflection of our regular season performance. We entered the tournament top seeded in five events, we came away winning one of these to finish a disappointing 3rd,” said head coach Stuart Swink.
“Recruiting is priority one now. Replacing Bleivik and adding several other quality players will certainly determine next year's success.”
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Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303