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Women's Tennis Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 03/08/2013
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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference announced today the results of its preseason women's tennis coaches' poll, with the Western Michigan Broncos predicted to finish fifth in the 2013 conference season.  The Broncos received 43 points in a weighted point scale, with first place votes counting for nine points, second place votes counting for eight points, and so on.

The Broncos return five members of a team that took third place in the MAC in 2012, reaching the semifinal round of the 2012 MAC Tournament before eventually falling to Akron. Western Michigan has had a strong start to the 2013 dual season, opening 7-7 against a schedule that has already featured three nationally-ranked opponents.

Among those that have returned are Nini Sujashvili and Maggie Remynse, players who were named First-Team All-MAC and Second-Team All-MAC, respectively, in the 2011 season; Kathleen Hawkins, who led the Broncos in overall victories in 2012 and was voted to the MAC All-Tournament Team; Jill Pastunink, who entered the 2012-13 season as the Broncos' active career wins leader; and Caroline Aleck, who ranked second to Hawkins in overall victories in 2012 with 41 combined singles and doubles wins.

2013 MAC Women’s Tennis Preseason Poll Voting

1. Akron (65)
2. Miami (57)
3. Bowling Green (54)
4. Eastern Michigan (46)
5. Western Michigan (43)
6. Buffalo (39)
7. Ball State (22)
8. Northern Illinois (19)
9. Toledo (15)

(total points based on 9 for a first place vote; 8 for second place, etc.)

First place votes: Akron (5).
Tournament winner votes: Akron (4).