Broncos Look to Keep Rolling, Travel to NIU
Western Michigan Broncos (9-9, 2-0 MAC) at Northern Illinois Huskies (14-4, 0-2 MAC)
Saturday, March 30 // 2 p.m. ET
DeKalb, Ill. // NIU Tennis Courts
This will be the 34th meeting between the Broncos and the Huskies, with Western Michigan owning a perfect 33-0 record in the all-time series against their Mid-American Conference rivals. The last time the teams met was last season, when Western Michigan defeated NIU 7-0 at West Hills Athletic Club on March 23. The win ranks as one of the most historic moments in program history, as it represented the 500th career victory for head coach Betsy Kuhle. WMU swept all nine matches on the afternoon, with Nini Sujashvili notching the clinching singles victory. Maggie Remysne, Jill Pastunink, Kathleen Hawkins, and Caroline Aleck all contributed singles wins, as well.
LIGHTING THE FUSE
With conference-opening victories over Eastern Michigan and Toledo, the Broncos have started MAC play 2-0 for the first time since the 2009 season. WMU will look to keep that hot streak going against the Huskies, and put themselves in a position to match the 2009 team's hot start; that edition of the Broncos began the season 4-0 in MAC play.
When it comes to giving out the conference's weekly awards, junior Nini Sujashvili made it as easy as possible on the selection committee last week, opening MAC play on an overall 4-0 roll. Sujashvili was named the Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week for March 27, marking the second time this season she has taken home the Player of the Week award. It is the third time this season Sujashvili has taken home a weekly award; she was named the MAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week earlier this season as well.
Sujashvili went 4-0 for the Broncos last weekend, helping them to a perfect 2-0 start in conference play with victories over Eastern Michigan and Toledo. Sujashvili started the weekend with a 2-0 performance over the Eagles, clinching the important doubles point for the Broncos and earning a win at No. 1 singles. Sujashvili teamed with Maggie Remynse to beat Daphne Friedrichs and Mariya Toncheva 8-4 in No. 2 doubles, clinching the session for the Broncos. She then went on to give the Broncos a 2-1 advantage in the overall match, downing Nino Mebuke 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles match. Western Michigan went on to win the match with the Eagles 4-3.
Against the Rockets on Saturday, Sujashvili was similarly successful. She again clinched the doubles point for the Broncos, teaming with Remynse to come back from an early deficit to beat Pia Rygh and Katelyn Nguyen 9-7 in No. 2 doubles. Sujashvili clinched the overall match victory for the Broncos as well, winning a three-set nailbiter with Katelyn Nguyen 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 to ensure a Broncos victory.