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Broncos Defeat Rockets, Open MAC Play 2-0

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 03/23/2013
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Kalamazoo, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team opened conference play 2-0 for the first time since the 2009 season, and the Broncos defeated the Toledo Rockets 5-2 at West Hills Athletic Club on Saturday.  With the win, the Broncos even their overall record at 9-9.

Nini Sujashvili clinched the victory for the Broncos with a three-set win at No. 1 singles, downing Toledo's Katelyn Nguyen.  Sujashvili was also key for the Broncos in clinching the doubles point, teaming with Maggie Remynse to beat Nguyen and Pia Rygh in a comeback victory at No. 2 doubles.  The duo trailed early in the match but came back, winning 9-7 to take the opening point for the Broncos.

The win represented the first 2-0 conference start for the Broncos since the 2009 season, a year in which the Broncos started MAC competition with a 4-0 record and finished the season with a 6-2 record, reaching the MAC Tournament finals against No. 1 seeded Miami.

For the second straight match, the doubles point played a factor in the outcome of the match, both because of the point afforded to the winner as well as momentum entering singles play.  Kelsey King and Jill Pastunink struck the first blow, beating Chrissy Coffman and Mackenzie Bowman 8-1 in No. 2 doubles to open the match.  The Rockets took the No. 1 doubles match to even the session, but Remynse and Sujashvili caught in the middle of their match, coming back to beat Rygh and Nguyen and giving the Broncos the 1-0 lead.

Remynse took the momentum from the victory and cruised past Rygh in No. 2 singles, earning a 6-2, 6-2 win and giving the Broncos a 2-0 lead in the match.  King battled her way through a difficult first set loss at No. 6 singles, finding her way back and blowing past Bowman in the final two sets to pick up the 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 win.  Sujashvili clinched the match mere moments later, registering a dominant third set win over Nguyen at No. 1 singles to win 6-2, 4-6, 6-0.  Kathleen Hawkins finished the match on a winning note for the Broncos, coming back from a set down to beat Lexy Pitt 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-1 in No. 4 singles.

Western Michigan University 5, Toledo 2
Mar 23, 2013 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (West Hills Athletic Club)


Singles competition
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Katelyn Nguyen (UT) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
2. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Pia Rygh (UT) 6-2, 6-2
3. Chrissy Coffman (UT) def. Jill Pastunink (WMU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Lexy Pitt (UT) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-1
5. Emily Mazzola (UT) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
6. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Mackenzie Bowman (UT) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3


Doubles competition
1. Lexy Pitt/Emily Mazzola (UT) def. Caroline Aleck/Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) 8-2
2. Nini Sujashvili/Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Pia Rygh/Katelyn Nguyen (UT) 9-7
3. Kelsey King/Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Chrissy Coffman/Mackenzie Bowman (UT) 8-1


Match Notes
Toledo 6-9, 0-2 MAC
Western Michigan University 9-9, 2-0 MAC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,6,1,3,5,4)