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Broncos Head to ITA Regional Event at NIU

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 10/18/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team will compete in their final tune-up before the WMU Super Challenge in November, as the Broncos head to DeKalb to take part in the ITA Second Chance Regional hosted at Northern Illinois.  The tournament is scheduled to take place from October 19-22, and will feature teams exclusively from the ITA Midwest region.

The weekend will begin with doubles play on Friday, and singles play will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

The Broncos will take a smaller squad to the tournament, with senior Maggie Remynse, junior Kathleen Hawkins, and sophomore Caroline Aleck all making the trip.  As has been the case in past weeks, the smaller squad will allow both the players competing at the tournament, as well as the ones remaining in Kalamazoo, additional one-on-one instruction from the coaching staff. 

"It's a good opportunity to build on last week, and build a good foundation for our last tournament," said assistant coach Mark Henderson.

Aleck was one of the key contributors in last week's Wildcat Invite at Northwestern; she went 2-1 in singles competition at the tournament, besting Wisconsin's Pernilla Wohlstrom and Northern Iowa's Chelsea Moore.

For Hawkins and Remynse, the tournament at Northern Illinois represents the opportunity to continue to fine-tune their games against strong competition.  Hawkins will look to notch a performance similar to the one she authored at this same tournament in 2011, when she teamed with Aleck to win the Victor E. doubles draw.

"It will be an opportunity to see if we can re-kindle what was a successful partnership for those two last year," said Henderson.

Meanwhile, Remynse will look to build on her strong finish to the DePaul Invitational. Remynse defeated Illinois State's Emmie Marx in a three-set match at the tournament, and fell just a hair shy in another three-setter against Milwaukee's Maddy Soule.  Three of the last four singles matches Remynse has played in have gone to three sets, and Henderson believes this weekend will provide her the chance to get back on track.

"She's been working hard, and hopefully she'll be rewarded for it this weekend," said Henderson.