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Broncos Enter Break With Trio of Matches

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 02/28/2013
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Western Michigan Broncos at #18 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Thursday, February 28 // 5 p.m.
South Bend, Ind. / Eck Tennis Pavilion


Western Michigan Broncos vs. #14 Purdue Boilermakers
Saturday, March 2 // 1 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Oakland Golden Grizzlies
Saturday, March 2 // 6 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club

This will be the 18th meeting between the Broncos and the Fighting Irish, with Notre Dame holding a 13-4 advantage in the all-time series. The last Bronco victory in the series came during the 1987 season, when Betsy Kuhle's Broncos defeated the Fighting Irish 6-3 on Feb. 21. When the teams competed against one another in the WMU Super Challenge earlier in the year, the Fighting Irish went 2-0 in doubles against the Broncos, while Kelsey King earned a singles victory over Notre Dame's Darby Mountford 6-1, 6-0.

This will be the 32nd meeting between the Broncos and the Boilermakers, with Purdue holding a 19-12 advantage in the all-time series. The last time the teams met was last season, when Purdue defeated Western Michigan 7-0 in West Lafayette. The last time the Boilermakers were in Kalamazoo, though, the results were much closer; though the Broncos lost the match 4-3, three players - Maggie Remynse (No.1), Jill Pastunink (No. 3), and Nini Sujashvili (No. 4) - earned singles victories.

This will be the second-ever meeting between the Broncos and the Golden Grizzlies, with WMU holding a 1-0 advantage in the series, which dates back to just last year. The Broncos blanked Oakland at West Hills, winning all nine matches on the slate. In an interesting note, the Golden Grizzlies are coached by Heather Redshaw, nee DeGroot; Redshaw graduated from Western Michigan in 1992 and played two years of tennis, and was part of Kuhle's 1990 Mid-American Conference championship team.


The match against Purdue will be the first time a ranked team has traveled to Kalamazoo to play the Broncos since the 2011 season, when (coincidentally) the #52 Boilermakers came to West Hills on Feb. 4, 2011. However, it has been years since a team ranked as highly as this year's edition of the Boilermakers as visited Kalamazoo; more research is needed, but it has been at least since before the 2004-05 season that a team ranked higher than #45 (again, Purdue, during the 2005 season) has played at Western Michigan.


Western Michigan freshman Kelsey King has already found great success in her first season with the Broncos, and the rookie has shown a penchant for pulling out tight matches that go to three sets. Last week alone, King won a pair of three-set singles matches, going 2-0 in singles plays with victories over Michigan State and Illinois-Chicago. King started the weekend with a doubles win over the Spartans' Emily Meyers, surviving a three-set marathon to win 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the No. 5 singles match, keeping the Broncos' chances of victory alive in a 4-3 loss. 

King was equally impressive in the Broncos' match against the Flames on Saturday, coming back from a second set loss to defeat Jana Knoppe 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the No. 5 singles match.  King is 8-2 in dual match singles for the Broncos this season, tied with Maggie Remynse for the best mark on the team.