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Broncos To Compete at Wildcat Invitational

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 10/11/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team will return from a brief competition hiatus this weekend, getting back in action when they travel to the Wildcat Invitational hosted by Northwestern. The tournament is scheduled for October 12-14, and will feature a mix of teams from the Big Ten, Big 12, and BIG EAST conferences, among others.

The tournament field will feature the Broncos and eight other teams from across the region, including the hosting Wildcats, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and more.

"It should certainly be some good tennis," said head coach Betsy Kuhle. "We will be facing teams like Minnesota, Iowa, Northwestern, and Illinois-Chicago, which are teams that made the NCAA Tournament in 2012. It should be a good challenge for us."

The Broncos will send four athletes to the tournament: Jill Pastunink, Nini Sujashvili, Caroline Aleck, and Kelsey King. According to Kuhle, the choice to bring a smaller squad stems from the desire to keep the entire roster fresh and focused.

"We have a very mature team, and we're trying to manage the frequency and amount of competition for each player this fall, balancing their workloads and maximizing our ability to work with them individually," said Kuhle. "Historically at these large tournaments there is a lot of down time between matches, which make for longer days that can really wear down the players. We think this scenario is going to limit that problem."

The tournament will get underway at 10 a.m. CT on Friday, with the schedule tentatively calling for two rounds of singles and potentially one round of doubles. Doubles will conclude with two rounds on Saturday, and the last round of singles will come on Sunday.