Friday, April 10, 2009

Chiricosta makes smooth transition at Bowling Green

PERRYSBURG, Ohio - Avon Lake’s Christine Chiricosta is living up to the hype at Bowling Green.

The former #1 ranked high school tennis player in Ohio (2007), Chiricosta has made the adjustment to college tennis a quite successful one.

So far in her sophomore season she is currently 10-2 in singles play and 9-2 in doubles action.

Last year, in just her freshman season, she led the team in singles wins and overall wins. Her record was 46-15, which includes 22-7 in singles play and 24-8 in doubles. She also notched All-MAC Second Team honors and was the MAC Player of the Week during the season. In her first weekend playing college tennis, she went an impressive 6-0. And to add to her impressive start, she had a perfect 4.0 GPA in her first semester.

At Avon Lake, she was a state qualifier all four years. Her senior season, she teamed up with her freshman sister Nikki Chiricosta to win the state doubles title. The Chiricosta sisters defeated another pair of sisters - Christie and Katie Pleiman, of Dayton Chaminade-Julienne, 6-4, 6-1.

In her four years at Avon Lake, the Shoregals won the Southwestern Conference title and never lost a match - going 68-0.

The Chiricosta family are all great tennis players. Both her parents, Rick and Sheila Chiricosta played collegiate tennis at Toledo, while her brother Matt Chiricosta is having a superb senior season at Allegheny College. Her younger sister Nikki was a state-qualifier last season and has a bright future in tennis also.

Two years ago, Christine teamed with her mother to win the title at the National Mother-Daughter Clay Court.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's post on her brother Matt's success at Allegheny.

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