May 16, 2013

Berestetska and Pantusart Named to Tennis Academic All-MAC Team

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MAC Announces Women's Tennis 2013 Academic All-MAC Team (MAC-Sports.com)

CLEVELAND – University of Akron women's tennis senior Prang Pantusart and junior Ksenia Berestetska were named to the 10-person Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, the league office announced on Thursday. Additionally, Zips senior Angelina Jogasuria earned Academic Honorable Mention from the conference.

"I'm very proud of both Ksenia and Prang, and the entire team for what they have done academically," third-year Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "Unfortunately, the spring semester grades are not included for the purpose of this award, or I feel we would have had even more players receive this wonderful honor."

Pantusart, who earned Academic All-MAC for the third-straight year, graduated cum laude last week with a degree in finance and maintained a 3.53 grade-point average through the 2012 fall semester. A First-Team All-MAC selection this season, she was chosen to speak at the University's spring commencement as a student responder. Pantusart pairs with Angelina Jogasuria to make up a nationally-ranked doubles team that earned an at-large selection to compete in next week's NCAA Championship in Urbana, Ill. The duo owns an 18-0 dual-match record (8-0 MAC) and a 19-1 overall mark this season, and peaked at No. 41 on this year's Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll (currently ranked No. 42).

Pantusart finished the season with a 22-13 overall singles record and an 18-10 mark in dual-match play, and ranks second all-time in program history in combined victories with 208 (99 singles, 109 doubles).

A mass media major with a 3.94 GPA, Berestetska finished the season with a team-high 30 singles victories. She closed out the year with a 30-10 overall singles record and a 19-6 mark against dual-match foes, including a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles to clinch a 4-1 win over Buffalo in the MAC tournament quarterfinal round.

In addition to joining forces in doubles play with Pantusart, Jogasuria was also a first-team all-league pick. She closed out the season with a 19-10 overall singles record and went 17-8 during the dual-match portion of the year, which helped her to rank third all-time in program history in combined victories with 201 (99 singles, 102 doubles). Jogasuria is a nursing major and has a 3.39 GPA.

Voting was done by the faculty athletics representatives at the nine conference schools that sponsor women's tennis as an NCAA varsity sport. Nominees must have a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA to be eligible to be on the ballot.

2013 Women's Tennis Academic All-MAC Team:
Name, School, Year, Major, GPA, Hometown
Ksenia Berestetska, Akron, Junior, Mass Media, 3.94 GPA, Kiev, Ukraine
Prang Pantusart, Akron, Senior, Finance, 3.53 GPA, Amphur Muang, Nonthaburi, Thailand
Courtney Wild, Ball State, Sophomore, Speech Pathology, 3.75 GPA, Carmel, Ind.
Nikki Chiricosta, Bowling Green, Junior, Communications, 3.96 GPA, Avon Lake, Ohio
Maddy Eccleston, Bowling Green, Senior, Health Science, 3.95 GPA, Toledo, Ohio
Emily Reuland, Bowling Green, Junior, Exercise Science, 3.92 GPA, Oswego, Ill.
Tanvi Shah, Buffalo, Junior, Communications, 3.54 GPA, Mumbai, India
Haley Dekkinga, Northern Illinois, Junior, Health Sciences/Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.92 GPA,Allegan, Mich.
Nelle Youel, Northern Illinois, Sophomore, Health Sciences/Pre-Physical Therapy, 4.0 GPA,Crystal Lake, Ill.
Nini Sujashvili, Western Michigan, Junior, Psychology, 3.96 GPA, Tbilisi, Georgia
 
Academic Honorable Mention:
Angelina Jogasuria, Akron
Kristel Sanders, Ball State
Katie Grubb, Bowling Green
Mary Hill, Bowling Green
Jade Johnson, Bowling Green
Anamaria Candanoza, Buffalo
Miranda Podlas, Buffalo
Marta Stoyanova, Buffalo
Ankita Bhatia, Eastern Michigan
Nino Mebuke, Eastern Michigan
Mariya Toncheva, Eastern Michigan
Ramona Costea, Miami
Christie Guerrazzi, Miami
Christiana Raymond, Miami
Mary Malkin, Northern Illinois
Christine Coffman, Toledo
Pia Rygh, Toledo
Carolina Aleck, Western Michigan
Jill Pastunink, Western Michigan
Maggie Remynse, Western Michigan