Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

March 18, 2014

Jirickova earns first league accolade

NSU briefs

Barbora Jirickova was named the MIAA Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Monday morning.

The junior from Jablonec, Czech Republic, posted a perfect 6-0 record this past week to lead Northeastern State to a 4-0 mark, which included a 6-3 road win over No. 42 Central Oklahoma and an 8-1 road win over No. 46 St. Edwards. The RiverHawks (9-4) also topped Washburn and Texas A&M-Kingsville on the road.

Jirickova was 3-0 in singles and lost just six games total, and her and sophomore Kristina Savchenkov posted three straight 8-3 doubles victories at the No. 2 position. The team triumph over the Bronchos snapped UCO’s 15-match home winning streak.

This is the first career weekly accolade for Jirickova and the second of the season for an NSU women’s tennis player. Savchenkov brought home MIAA Athlete of the Week honors exactly one month ago.

Women’s Tennis takes down top JUCO squad

TYLER, Texas — The No. 35-ranked Northeastern State women’s tennis team posted a 5-4 victory over Tyler Junior College Monday afternoon at the Murphy Tennis Complex.

The RiverHawks (10-4) won their fifth-straight match after starting the year 5-4. The Apache Ladies (14-4) are the No. 1-ranked team in the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA). The loss for TJC was the first this season against a team that doesn’t compete in NCAA Division I. The only other losses have been to Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana Tech and Houston.

The home team got the first point of the day when Fausthyara Pietersz and Joanna Savva defeated senior Martina Bruzikova and freshman Valeriia Efimenko 8-0 at the top of the doubles lineup. Pietersz and Savva are the No. 1-ranked NJCAA doubles team in the nation.

Northeastern State responded with a pair of 8-4 victories on the final two courts to gain a critical 2-1 lead following doubles action.

First off were junior Barbora Jirickova and sophomore Kristina Savchenkov, who defeated Kylie Reynaud and Paige Murdock at the second position. Reynaud and Murdock are the No. 6-ranked tandem in the country. Senior Houda Bellamine and freshman Maria Lodge then topped Danielle Stillman and Adriana Garrett 8-4 on the third court.

Tyler Junior College flipped the score to 4-2 in favor of the home team after capturing the first three decisions in singles. Pietersz defeated Savchenkov 7-6 (7-4), 6-0 from the first position, Savva defeated Efimenko 6-3, 6-1 on the second court and De Wet topped Bellamine 6-1, 7-5 at the fourth spot. Pietersz (No. 2) and Savva (No. 5) are two of the five best singles players in the NJCAA, while De Wet is ranked No. 40 in the nation.

The comeback for the RiverHawks began on the sixth court, where sophomore Lucia Cerchlanova defeated Garrett 6-2, 6-4. Jirickova then tied the match at 4-4 when she defeated No. 45-ranked Kerry Weigand 6-4, 6-4 from the fifth flight.

The decisive match came at No. 3 singles, where Bruzikova defeated No. 29-ranked Nicki Johnson 6-3, 7-5.

Northeastern State will next be in action at 3 p.m. Friday against Northwest Missouri State in Tahlequah.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • McMillan-blackboard.jpg Hometown brothers team up for RiverHawks football

    Northeastern State’s football program will include a pair of hometown brothers for the 2014 season.
    Mason McMillan returns for his sophomore season, and this year he will be reunited with his younger brother, Kourtland. The brothers graduated from Tahlequah High School – Mason in 2013, followed by Kourtland in 2014. At Tahlequah, Mason and Kourtland shared the gridiron for one season.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Yurcich ready for second season

    With the 2014 season on the brink, Mike Yurcich, Oklahoma State University football offensive coordinator, is ready for his second year at the helm after coaching a powerful offensive squad a year ago.

    July 28, 2014

  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • BobBowlsby.jpg Media Week: Change is coming

    Changes are coming to college athletics.
    That was the theme of the state of the conference speech by Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peterson.jpg Cowboy quandary: OSU defense trying to replace seven starters

    A year after the best defensive team in the Mike Gundy era, the questions now surround how those few returning starters and second-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer can maintain that high level of efficiency.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Really one true champion?

    I decided to spare the colleagues in front of me – and myself from making a scene – by holding back flipping my table at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days in Dallas.
    I had become exhausted by the constant use and misrepresentation by the Big 12 with their moniker of “One True Champion.” If they are going to live with the slogan, then they need to abide by that slogan.
    Perhaps its a simple case that they are keeping constant with the poor math of the 10-team Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Hill expected to be used in multiple facets

    The picture became a little clearer recently of how Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Tyreek Hill will be utilized in the Oklahoma State offense.
    And the picture is rather wide.

    July 23, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Stocks