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Courtesy: WMU

Women's Tennis Signs Two for 2013

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 11/15/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team announced today that Meika Ashby and Tracy Kuhle have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to attend Western Michigan and join the women's tennis program.  The pair will join the program at the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year.

Kuhle hails from Decatur, Illinois, and is the niece of WMU head women's tennis coach Betsy Kuhle.  Tracy Kuhle has been one of the top doubles competitors in the state of Illinois during her years at Decatur St. Teresa high school, teaming with sister Amy to finish in the top four in the state in each of her four years there.  The duo finished as state runners-up in 2009 and 2012, took third in 2010, and fourth in 2011.

"She is truly a diamond in the rough," said Kuhle.  "Obviously she comes from a tennis-playing family.  She's also an outstanding student."

“My dad pushed me to go on a visit there and I could tell right away it would be a good fit," said Tracy Kuhle in an interview with the Decatur Herald & Review's Justin Conn.  "I loved the school, the facilities were great and I really liked the girls on the team.”

In addition to her doubles prowess, Kuhle has been named First Team All-State in four consecutive seasons, and has been a part of four straight sectional championships at Decatur St. Teresa.  She played the No. 1 singles position on the Middle Illinois Baird Cup team this past year, and played No. 6 singles on the 16s Midwest Zonals team as an alternate in August 2011, going undefeated.

Ashby is a Kalamazoo native and a product of nearby Hackett Catholic Central, where she will join another Hackett graduate, current Bronco Kathleen Hawkins.  Ashby is rated as one of the top-100 recruits in the country by, and according to Kuhle, might be the one of the more talented players to come into the program in quite some time.

"I think she is going to show she's an impact player from day one.  She's exceptional in singles and doubles, and we're really pleased that she has decided to stay in Kalamazoo and come to Western Michigan."

Ashby earned Division 4 First Team All-State honors in her junior season, reaching the state championship match for the third straight season.  Ashby won state titles in the two years before that, taking home the #2 singles title as a freshman and the #1 singles title as a sophomore.