Kuhle Approaches 500 As Broncos Return to Action
After taking last weekend off, the Western Michigan women's tennis team will head east for their final tune-up before Mid-American Conference play, taking on the Davidson Wildcats and the Charlotte 49ers on the road. This weekend's matches carry a very special significance, as well; WMU head coach Betsy Kuhle has 498 wins, and could become only the second coach of any sport in Western Michigan history to reach the 500-win plateau.
This will be the fourth ever meeting between the Broncos and the Wildcats, with Western Michigan holding a 2-1 advantage in the series against Davidson. This will, however, be the first time the Broncos and the 49ers have ever competed against one another.BRONCOS PICKED THIRD IN PRESEASON POLL
The Mid-American Conference announced the preseason coaches' poll results in women's tennis, with the Western Michigan women's tennis team picked to repeat their third place finish from a year ago in 2012. Akron was picked to finish first in the conference, one year after defeating Miami in the conference championship. The RedHawks were picked to finish second, with the Broncos rounding out the top three. The Broncos have never finished lower than third in the MAC under head coach Betsy Kuhle.
THIS COULD BE IT
Western Michigan head coach Betsy Kuhle has already been inducted into the Western Michigan Athletics Hall of Fame, but the seven-time MAC Coach of the Year continues to set new milestones. With 498 career victories, Kuhle needs just two more wins to reach 500 wins in her career. Kuhle has more wins at Western Michigan than any other active coach, and ranks second all-time in wins by a Western Michigan coach.
DENNY WINS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Broncos haven't been in action in two weeks, but the last time they were, Rachel Denny was named the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week. Denny went 2-0 in singles play for the Broncos that weekend, winning a pair of No. 3 singles matches against Butler and Illinois-Chicago. Denny defeated Butler's Brittany Farmer in an extended two-set match, downing her opponent 6-1, 7-6 (6) in the No. 3 singles match en route to the Broncos' 7-0 win. She would be back in action in a road match against UIC, beating Haley Craig 6-4, 6-0 in No. 3 singles. It would be one of just two singles wins for the Broncos in the match.
Ever since splitting her first two singles matches of the duals season, Caroline Aleck has gone undefeated in singles play. Aleck has now won seven straight singles matches and eight of her last 10; she's tied for second on the team with 12 overall singles wins.
In addition, the doubles pairing of Aleck and April Kerr has won seven of their last 10 matches, and have an overall mark of 8-3 as a No. 2 doubles pairing.
UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS ON COURT, IN CLASSROOM
The Broncos' women's tennis program has two impressive streaks to hang its hat on, both of which highlight the excellence demanded both on the court and in the classroom. Under head coach Betsy Kuhle, the Broncos have won 11 total MAC championships and eight of the last 14; the Broncos have, amazingly, never finished lower than third in the final MAC standings under Kuhle. In addition, the Broncos have been recognized as 16-time ITA All-Academic Team honorees, winning the award every year since its inception in 1996.