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Broncos Return Home for Weekend MAC Series

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 04/11/2013
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THE MATCH-UPS

Western Michigan Broncos (11-10, 4-1 MAC) vs. Miami RedHawks (8-12, 4-1 MAC)
Friday, April 12 // 1 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club

Western Michigan Broncos vs. Ball State Cardinals (12-9, 3-2 MAC)
Saturday, April 13 // 1 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club

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THE SERIES
This will be the 37th meeting between the two teams, with the RedHawks holding a slim 19-17 advantage in the all-time series with the Broncos.  Miami has won each of the last five meetings; the last time WMU defeated Miami was April 12, 2008, a 6-1 victory that clinched the fourth straight MAC regular season championship for the Broncos.  The RedHawks won last year’s meeting in Oxford by a 5-2 score; both Kathleen Hawkins and Jill Pastunink earned singles wins.

This will be the 39th meeting between the Broncos and the Cardinals, with Western Michigan holding a 36-2 advantage in the all-time series against Ball State.  In the last meeting  between the two teams, the Broncos spanked the Cardinals 6-1 in Muncie, winning the doubles point and five of the six singles matches.  Maggie Remynse, Kathleen Hawkins, Jill Pastunink, and Caroline Aleck each earned singles wins, while Nini Sujashvili was part of the pairing that won No. 2 doubles.

BATTLE FOR FIRST
The match between the Broncos and the RedHawks marks the only meeting of the year between the two teams with the best record in the conference; both the Broncos and the RedHawks enter today’s match tied for first in the MAC with 4-1 records.  The two teams have been among the best in the conference for a long time; the RedHawks and the Broncos have combined for 28 of the 32 regular season titles in conference history.  

The last time a  team other than Miami or Western Michigan won the MAC regular season championship was in 2004, when Marshall posted their third straight regular season title.  When considering only schools still in the conference, Eastern Michigan is the only other program to win a MAC title.

DOUBLE DIPPERS
One of the keys to the Broncos' hot start in conference play this year has been their performance in the doubles session; indeed, the Broncos are undefeated against MAC opponents when capturing the doubles point, and have lost just one match this season in which they've controlled the opening point.  The doubles pairing of Maggie Remynse and Nini Sujashvili has been dominant since conference play began, as the duo thus far enjoys a 5-0 mark  in conference doubles play.  Not far behind is the pairing of Jill Pastunink and Kelsey King; the  senior - freshman combo currently boasts a 4-1 mark against their MAC foes.

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