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Courtesy: John Walker

Women's Tennis Continues Success at MTC

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 09/14/2013
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team completed another successful day at the 38th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic, sweeping four doubles matches and going 4-4 in singles to cap the second day of the tournament. The Broncos will conclude their stay at the Town Club tomorrow.

The Broncos were perfect in doubles play against Colorado State, building on their first day with an even stronger performance. The doubles duo of Tracy Kuhle and Meika Ashby picked up their second win of the weekend, defeating the Rams' Mollie Cooper and Lauren Pick, while the other freshmen-only doubles pairing of Yuriko Ono and Barbare Eristavi cruised past Maddie Buxton and Kwynn Ecton 8-2.

Among the upperclassmen, seniors Kathleen Hawkins and Nini Sujashvili resumed their highly successful doubles partnership from the last two years, defeating Colorado State's Natalie Heffron and Adriana Wojakowska 8-6. The Broncos also squared off against one doubles pairing from Marquette, with Caroline Aleck and Kelsey King downing the Golden Eagles' Aleeza Kanner and Rocio Diaz 8-5.

Hawkins picked up her second singles win of the weekend and third overall win of the season in singles against the Golden Eagles, winning a tight three-setter with Vanessa Foltinger. Hawkins survived a late surge from Foltinger to dominate the third-set tiebreaker, winning 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (3). Ono also won a highly competitive match, hers against Diaz; Ono and Diaz went back in forth in a second set tiebreaker before Ono emerged with the 6-4, 7-6 (8) win. Eristavi picked up her second singles win of the year with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Ali Dawson, and Kuhle wrapped her weekend of work with a breezy 6-2, 6-0 singles win over the Rams' Kwynn Ecton.

Colorado State vs. Western Michigan (WD)
Kathleen Hawkins/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Natalie Heffron/Adriana Wojakowska (CSU) 8-6
Tracy Kuhle/Meika Ashby (WMU) def. Mollie Cooper/Lauren Pick (CSU) 8-1
Yuriko Ono/Barbare Eristavi (WMU) def. Maddie Buxton/Kwynn Ecton (CSU) 8-2

Extra Doubles Match
Aleck/King (WMU) def. Kanner/Diaz (MU), 8-5

Marquette vs. Western Michigan (WS)
Ana Pimienta (MU) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-3, 6-4
Erin Gebes (MU) def. Meika Ashby (WMU) 7-5, 6-4
Barbare Eristavi (WMU) def. Ali Dawson (MU) 6-2, 7-5
Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Rocio Diaz (MU) 6-4, 7-6 (10-8)
Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Vanessa Foltinger (MU) 6-1, 2-6, 1-0(10-3)
Laia Hernandez Soler (MU) def. Kelsey King (WMU) 6-3, 6-2

Extra Singles Matches
Buxton (CSU) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU), 7-5, 6-1
Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Ecton (CSU), 6-2, 6-0