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Women's Tennis Opens Season at Milwaukee Tennis Classic

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 09/12/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team will open its 2013-14 season in a familiar location when they participate in the 38th annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic, hosted by Marquette.  The women's field at the tournament includes the hosting Golden Eagles, Colorado State, and Florida International.

While opening the season at the Classic has become a familiar tradition for the Broncos, the fact is that it will be a brand-new experience for a fairly large portion of the team.  The Broncos will see their four freshmen - Meika Ashby, Barbare Eristavi, Tracy Kuhle, and Yuriko Ono - make their collegiate tennis debuts on the clay courts in Milwaukee.  Returning to the Broncos this season are seniors Nini Sujashvili (Second Team All-MAC in 2013) and Kathleen Hawkins, junior Caroline Aleck, and sophomore Kelsey King, all of whom bring big-match experience and veteran leadership to the fold.

As previously stated, the Milwaukee Tennis Classic is unique in that teams will play on clay courts as opposed to the more traditional hard courts of collegiate tennis.  It is also unique in that the player's living accommodations for the weekend are not hotels, but rather with host families affiliated with Milwaukee's Town Club.  The players will be welcomed into the homes and at the dinner tables of the host families for the duration of the weekend.

Play for the Broncos will commence Friday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. ET when they face Florida International in a doubles session, and the Broncos will wrap early on Friday with a 12 p.m. ET date with Colorado State in singles.  Saturday sees the Broncos take on the Rams in doubles and host school Marquette in singles, starting at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. ET, respectively.  WMU will wrap doubles play against Marquette on Sunday morning, and will conclude their stay at the tournament with a singles session against Florida International on Sunday afternoon.