Broncos Bring Back the Hardware at MTC
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)