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Courtesy: John Walker

Women's Tennis Recruits Receive Honor

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 06/12/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The incoming recruiting class for the Western Michigan women's tennis team received another accolade this week, as it was announced that the Broncos' Class of 2013 was named an Honorable Mention on's list of Top Mid-Major Women's Recruiting Classes.  The Broncos are the only school in the Mid-American Conference to be listed among the top mid-major recruiting classes.

The Broncos return all but two letterwinners from a year ago and will be bolstered by a class of four women, three of whom are rated three-stars or better by (listed alphabetically):  

Kalamazoo native Meika Ashby, rated as a four-star recruit by, recently captured her third state singles title in four years at Hackett Catholic Central High School, and set a Michigan high school record for most 6-0, 6-0 wins in a career;

Barbare Eristavi, ranked among the top three under-18 players in the Republic of Georgia, and at one point the 21st-best under-16 player in Europe,  has won 25 tournaments in her under-14 and under-16 career and  has reached the late rounds of several Girls 18 tournaments;

Tracy Kuhle, the niece of WMU head coach Betsy Kuhle, is rated as a three-star recruit by and is a four-time First Team All-State honoree at Decatur St. Teresa, and has teamed with her sister Amy to finish in the top four in doubles in the state of Illinois on four straight occasions;

Yuriko Ono, rated as a three-star recruit by, was ranked as the seventh-best recruit in the state of South Carolina at the time of her signing, boasts a 7-5 record against opponents rated three stars or better, and was ranked at No. 2 on Prince's "Hot 100" list in November 2010.