Broncos Face MAC Road Swing Against Buffalo, Akron
Western Michigan Broncos (10-9, 3-0 MAC) at Buffalo Bulls (10-2, 1-2 MAC)
Friday, April 5 // 1 p.m.
Western Michigan Broncos at Akron Zips (14-7, 2-1 MAC)
Saturday, April 6 // 1 p.m.
This will be the 20th meeting between Western Michigan and Buffalo, with the Broncos holding a 16-3 advantage in the all-time series against the Bulls. The teams split two meetings last season, with the Bulls beating the Broncos 5-2 at West Hills Athletic Club in the regular season. The Broncos took the meeting that mattered, however, beating the Bulls 4-3 in the first round of the 2012 MAC Tournament hosted by Northern Illinois. Maggie Remynse tied the match at 3-3 with a win at the No. 2 singles position, and Caroline Aleck clinched the Broncos' match win by beating Kira Golenko in the No. 5 singles match.
This will be the 27th meeting between Western Michigan and Akron, with the Broncos holding a 21-5 edge in the all-time series against the Zips. The Zips have won the last four meetings between the two teams, though, and four of the last five. The last time the Broncos defeated Akron was in the 2010 MAC Tournament semifinals; Jill Pastunink was among the Broncos who recorded a win that day, winning in the No. 6 singles match. The Zips took last year's meeting in the MAC Tournament 4-0.
BEST START SINCE 2009
The Broncos enter this weekend's matches with a 3-0 record in conference play, a start that represents their best since the 2009 MAC season. The Broncos opened the conference slate 4-0 that season before falling to Buffalo on the road.
REMYNSE LEADS THE WAY
Senior Maggie Remynse is having a strong bounce-back season in 2013, and ranks as one of the most consistent Broncos so far this season. Remynse has a team-best 17-14 record in singles play, as well as an 11-7 record in dual matches. She has been even better in conference doubles play, winning all three of her doubles matches since MAC play began.
KING OUT TO STRONG START
Freshman Kelsey King has been one of the many bright spots for the Broncos this season, as the first-year player has stepped in and shown the ability to battle through tough matches to earn key victories. King is third on the team with 15 singles victories in 2013, and is one of a handful of Broncos to boast a 3-0 record in MAC doubles play this season; she and Pastunink have been undefeated as a pairing in the conference season, and boast a 5-2 record in dual match doubles play.