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Women's Tennis To Host Michigan State, UIC

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 02/22/2013
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Western Michigan Broncos vs. Michigan State Spartans
Friday, February 22 // 5 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Illinois-Chicago Flames
Saturday, February 23 // 1 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club


This will be the 31st meeting between the Broncos and the Spartans, with Michigan State holding an 18-12 advantage in the all-time series. The last time these teams met was last season, when the Broncos pushed the Spartans to the limit on the road before just narrowly falling 4-3. Nini Sujashvili recorded a huge win over Nicole Herzog in the No. 1 singles match, winning 6-4, 6-1 to cut the Spartans' lead.

This will be the 23rd meeting between the Broncos and the Flames, with Western Michigan holding a 21-1 advantage in the all-time series against UIC. That loss, though, came last season, when the Flames defeated WMU 5-2 on March 4, 2012. Caroline Aleck earned a hard-fought singles win in that match, beating Linda Hricistova 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4 in the No. 6 singles match.

The Broncos and the Spartans saw members of their teams clash several times over the course of the fall season, with Kathleen Hawkins and Caroline Aleck squaring off against them at the ITA Second Chance Tournament. Hawkins defeated the Spartans' Jennifer Yen 6-0, 6-1 in a singles match, while Aleck just narrowly lost to Emily Meyers. The duo also took on members of the Spartans in a doubles match, losing 8-3 to Nicole Herzog and Michaela Silesova.

Members of the Broncos and the Flames squared off against one another several times over the course of the fall season, with UIC holding a 4-1 advantage in matches played during tournament time. The lone Broncos win came in singles play, when Nini Sujashvili defeated Keti Mebuke 6-2, 6-4 at the Wildcat Invite, hosted by Northwestern.

It was announced earlier this week that Nini Sujashvili was named the Mid-American Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week for Feb. 21. Sujashvili, who carries a 3.96 GPA in Pre-Psychology, helped the Broncos dominate a doubleheader against IUPUI and Bradley on Saturday, notching a perfect 4-0 record on the day winning a pair of No. 1 singles matches, a No. 1 doubles match, and a No. 2 doubles match.