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Pastunink Named Women's Tennis Team Captain

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 11/30/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - It was announced today that Western Michigan women's tennis player Jill Pastunink has been named the Broncos' captain for the 2013 spring season, according to WMU head coach Betsy Kuhle.

"Jill has been a leader on and off the court for us during her time here, especially during this past fall season," said Kuhle. "She's everything a coach could want as a great player, a great teammate, and a great student. She's capable of playing at any spot in the line-up, or with any doubles partner, and is a player her teammates can look up to for guidance."

Pastunink ranks as one of the two seniors on the Broncos' roster in 2013, and has consistently ranked among the toughest players in the line-up. Pastunink battled through an injury- and illness-shortened junior season in 2012, but still managed to post a 13-13 singles record, including the best Mid-American Conference singles record on the team with a 5-3 mark. Pastunink has an overall record of 18-6 in MAC singles play in her career, and a 12-4 mark in MAC doubles.

"She's the definition of a clutch player," said Kuhle. "When our team is in a dual match, she's the kind of player that I want on the court with the score tied 3-3 and the match on the line. Her best performances come in those team competitions, and as we've seen, she saves some of her best for MAC play."

Pastunink led the Broncos in overall victories as a sophomore in 2011, notching 20 singles and doubles wins, respectively, that year. She teamed with Maria Nivia to win the ITA All-American championship in doubles during the fall season, and went on to be a force in MAC play, going 7-1 in doubles during the conference season.