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Courtesy: WMU

Broncos Battle But Fall in Tight Match with Flames

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 02/23/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team found themselves in a tooth and nail battle for the second straight match, but the Broncos fell 4-3 to the Illinois-Chicago Flames at West Hills Athletic Club on Saturday.  With the loss, the Broncos fall to 6-5 on the season.

The Broncos started quickly against the Flames, taking the doubles point by notching wins in the top two matches.  After the Broncos fell behind 1-0 in the doubles session, Jill Pastunink and Caroline Aleck responded with a win in the No. 1 doubles match, beating Haley Craig and Mariana Palacios 8-5.  The doubles point now on the line, the pairing of Nini Sujashvili and Maggie Remynse clinched the session with a win in the No. 2 doubles match, beating Kathryn Sharples and Jana Knoppe 8-5.  The win gave the Broncos a 1-0 advantage in the team match.

WMU built a 2-0 lead in the match thanks to Remynse, who got back to her winning ways with a 6-2, 6-1 pounding of UIC's Natalia Kuvakina in the No. 2 singles match.  However, the Flames earned four straight wins to clinch the victory, with Palacios notching the match-deciding win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Pastunink in the No. 3 singles match.

Kelsey King won her fourth straight singles match to round out the scoring for the Broncos, coming back from a second-set loss to post her second three-set win in as many matches.  Taking on Knoppe in the No. 5 singles match, King took the first set before falling in the second 6-3.  King rebounded with an excellent effort in the third set, defeating Knoppe 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

UIC 4, Western Michigan University 3
Feb 23, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)


Singles competition
1. Haley Craig (UIC) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Mariana Palacios (UIC) def. Jill Pastunink (WMU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 6-0, 6-1
5. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Jana Knoppe (UIC) 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
6. Keti Mebuke (UIC) def. Hailey Shanahan (WMU) 6-3, 6-3


Doubles competition
1. Jill Pastunink/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Haley Craig/Mariana Palacios (UIC) 8-5
2. Nini Sujashvili/Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Kathryn Sharples/Jana Knoppe (UIC) 8-5
3. Natalia Kuvakina/Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) def. Kelsey King/Hailey Shanahan (WMU) 8-1

Match Notes
UIC 4-1
Western Michigan University 6-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,4,6,1,3,5)