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Broncos Bring Back the Hardware at MTC

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 09/15/2013
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Western Michigan women’s tennis team cleaned up at the awards stand on the final day of the 38th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic, with the Broncos taking home the top two spots in doubles as well as the women’s sportsmanship award.

The doubles pairing of Meika Ashby and Tracy Kuhle were named the women’s doubles champions at the tournament, as the duo finished 3-0 on the weekend, while teammates Kathleen Hawkins and Nini Sujashvili were named the women’s doubles runners-up. Freshman Yuriko Ono was also honored at the tournament, earning the distinction of winning the Chas Mulcahy Sportsmanship Award.

Ashby and Kuhle capped their stellar opening-weekend performance with one more win on Sunday, defeating Marquette’s Ali Dawson and Aina Hernandez by an 8-4 score to remain undefeated for the weekend. Similarly, the pairing of Hawkins and Sujashvili closed out their weekend with an 8-6 win over Ana Pimienta and Erin Gebes. The Broncos swept their doubles session against Marquette for the day when Caroline Aleck and Yuriko Ono won a tight one with Vanessa Foltinger and Laia Hernandez, getting a late break to win 9-7.

Sujashvili and Hawkins went 2-0 on the day, with both seniors picking up singles wins for the perfect performance. Taking on Florida International’s Carlotta Orlando, Sujashvili outlasted her opponent in a second set tiebreaker to take the match 6-2, 7-6. Hawkins, meanwhile, played her third three-set singles match of the weekend, beating Giulietta Boha 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (8) for a perfect weekend in singles play.

Marquette vs. Western Michigan (WD)
Hawkins/Sujashvili (WMU) def. Pimienta/Gebes (MU), 8-6
Kuhle/Ashby (WMU) def. Dawson/A. Hernandez (MU), 8-4
Aleck/Ono (WMU) def. Foltinger/L. Hernandez (MU), 9-7

Western Michigan vs. Florida International (WS)
Sujashvili (WMU) def. Orlando (FIU), 6-2, 7-6
Nagode (FIU) def. Ashby (WMU), 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (11-9)
Hawkins (WMU) def. Boha (FIU), 6-0, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
Pavelkova (FIU) def. Eristavi (WMU), 6-2, 6-1

Extra Singles Match
Dawson (MU) def. King (WMU), 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-5)