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Courtesy: John Walker

Broncos Open MAC Tournament Against Hosting Cards

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 04/25/2013
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Western Michigan Broncos (11-13, 4-4 MAC) at Ball State Cardinals (14-10, 5-3 MAC)
Friday, April 26 // 10 a.m.
Muncie, Ind. // Cardinal Creek Tennis Center (outdoor) or Muncie YMCA Tennis Center (indoor)


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This will be the 40th meeting between the Broncos and the Cardinals, with Western Michigan holding a 36-3 advantage in the all-time series against Ball State. The Cardinals got the best of the Broncos in their previous meeting this season, winning 4-3 at West Hills Athletic Club; the Broncos won the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles, but the Cardinals took four of six singles matches to clinch the win.  Kelsey King was undefeated on the day, winning at No. 6 singles over Ashlyn Rang and teaming with Jill Pastunink to win at No. 3 doubles over Rang and Lauren Pickrel.

The last time the Broncos played a MAC Tournament in Muncie was at the conclusion of the 2004-05 season, a year in which the Broncos went a perfect 9-0 in conference play and reached the finals of the tournament before falling to #70 Marshall.  LIke this season, the Broncos' first round opponent that year was the Cardinals, and the Broncos dispatched the Cardinal and White quickly, winning by a 4-0 score.

The MAC\ announced the 2013 women’s tennis awards today prior to the start of the conference tournament on Thursday, with WMU's Nini Sujashvili earning Second Team All-MAC honors. It is the second time in Sujashvili's career that she has been named All-MAC; the junior was a First Team selection in 2011.  Sujashvili has played all dual matches at the No. 1 position for the Broncos and boasts a 12-12 record there; she has been even better in doubles, teaming with Maggie Remynse to boast a 7-1 conference record.