The University of Akron women’s tennis team will play 13th overall seed Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Championship May 11 at Vandy Christie Tennis Center.
The time has not been announced.
The Zips (24-3) are making their second consecutive appearance in the tournament. Northwestern (18-9) was the Big Ten champion and was ranked 11th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
University of Akron senior Zara Harutyunyan was named first-team All-MAC, junior Prang Pantusart was named to the second team and freshman Olga Shkundina was named MAC Freshman of the Year and a member of the first team by the league office.
Harutyunyan, a three-time MAC player of the year, was named to the first team for the fourth consecutive season. Harutyunyan went 7-1 in MAC play in both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles this season and is 18-4 overall in No. 1 singles matches.
Harutyunyan and Pantusart teamed up to post a 19-1 record at No. 1 doubles this season. Pantusart also has an 18-3 record in singles matches.
Shkundina is the third freshman to be chosen to the all-conference team and the second Zip to win the Freshman of the Year award. Shkundina finished the 2012 season with a 6-1 league record at No. 2 singles and is 21-1 overall in singles matches.
The University of Akron softball team will hold Strike Out Cancer Day on Saturday at Lee R. Jackson Field against Buffalo.
Fans in attendance can donate money each time an Akron pitcher strikes out a player. Pink Akron softball shirts can also be purchased.
All proceeds will benefit former Akron softball player Deann Viebranz to assist in her fight against cancer.
The Kent State women’s golf team will travel to Penn State’s Blue Course in University Park to compete in the East Regional of the 2012 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship May 10-12.
The Golden Flashes will compete with 24 other schools, and the top eight teams will advance to the NCAA Championship at Vanderbilt Legends Club in Franklin, Tenn.
Kent State University announced Geoff Lanier will join the women’s basketball program as an assistant coach.
Lanier spent the last four years as a recruiting coordinator at Boston College and was an assistant at Akron and Ohio four years before that.
— Staff report