Prang Pantusart scored a three-set, last-match-on-court win at No. 3 singles to give the second-seeded University of Akron tennis team a 4-3 comeback victory over top-seeded Miami in the MAC championship Sunday afternoon at the Northern Illinois campus.
The Zips (24-3) are back-to-back champions after topping the RedHawks (14-10) by an identical score in last yearís title contest. With the victory, Akron has earned the MACís automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
The clutch performance earned Pantusart event MVP honors and landed her on the all-tournament team along with teammate Zara Harutyunyan.
Olga Shkundina was named league freshman of the year, earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team and was named to the all-conference first team. Pantusart was named to the all-league second team.
Along with the tennis program, Zips athletic teams have claimed MAC championships in menís soccer (regular season), menís basketball (regular season), and menís indoor track and field this academic year and the rifle team claimed the Mid-Atlantic Conference smallbore master class division championship.
Kent State won its 14th straight MAC Womenís Golf Championships Sunday in Fisher, Ind., by 16 shots over second-place Ball State.
Mercedes Germino led the Golden Flashes, coming in third in the individual standings with a three-day total of 8-over par 224, two shots behind medalist Jenna Hague of Ball State.
Teammates Jennifer Ha, Erin Hawe and Shamira Marshall each tied for fourth place at 229.
The Akron women concluded the season with a fifth-place finish with a three-day tally of 961.
During the postseason awards ceremony, Kristen Hill was named First-Team All-MAC for the third consecutive season after being named Second Team as a freshman.
Three of the five Zipsí players finished inside the top 25, led by Katie Jenior to finish in 13th place (231), with Hill finishing tied for 14th (239) and Amanda Butler finishing tied for 23rd (242).
Sophomore Tyler Skulina dominated for eight-plus innings to earn his team-leading sixth pitching victory as the Kent State baseball team completed a weekend sweep with a 7-1 triumph over Western Michigan Sunday at Schoonover Stadium.
The Golden Flashes (27-17, 15-3) were led by Nick Hamilton, who was 4-for-4 with two RBI. T.J. Sutton, George Roberts and Alex Miklos each drove in a run.
The weekend series win allowed Kent State to maintain its hold on first place in the race for the conferenceís regular season championship and No. 1 seed in the MAC Tournament, which will be held May 23-26 at All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon.
Akron was swept by Central Michigan in a MAC doubleheader at Lee R. Jackson Baseball Field on Sunday.
The Chippewas (20-25, 9-9 MAC) used three home runs to take a 7-1 opener, and won an offense-laden series finale 10-9.
With the losses, Akron falls to 17-27 overall and 10-8 in the conference.
Miami scored twice in the top of the seventh and held on for a 3-2 victory over Kent State (26-23, 11-7) Sunday at the Diamond at Dix.
A two-run shot by Miamiís Kayla Ledbetter broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth.
Mary Holt homered on Senior Day (her eighth), while sophomore Alex Marcantonio went deep for the second time in as many days.
Now in fourth place in the overall MAC standings, Kent State returns to action Friday for a doubleheader at Akron.
ē Akron concluded its road trip with a 10-0 loss in five innings to Central Michigan in MAC play on Sunday.
The Zips (20-29-1, 4-14) were held to five hits and committed two errors in the game. Allison Dorr and Kellie Roudabush each doubled.