Broncos Split Squad for ITA Regional, Bronco Invitational
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team will split its squad this weekend, with several members competing at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association tournament hosted in Ann Arbor and the others competing at the Bronco Invitational hosted at Sorensen Courts in Kalamazoo.
The qualifying draw of the ITA Tournament will feature just one Bronco, with Meika Ashby taking the court at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Ashby will square off against Cleveland State's Princess Gbadomosi in the first round of the tournament; should she win, she will face Milwaukee's Diana Tokar in the second round on Thursday afternoon.
From there, Ashby would need to win just one more round to be among the eight players to qualify for the main draw, which will already feature Broncos Kathleen Hawkins and Nini Sujashvili. Hawkins enters the tournament with a heavy dose of momentum, as the senior recently defeated #12 Petra Niedermayerova at the Hoosier Fall Classic hosted by Indiana. She leads the Broncos with an overall record of 9-4, including a 4-2 record in singles play and a 5-2 mark in doubles.
The rest of the Broncos will be at Sorensen Courts hosting IUPUI, IPFW, Notre Dame, Oakland, and Detroit in the Bronco Invitational. The action will begin at 1 p.m. on Friday with two rounds of singles and one round of doubles on the 20 courts on Western Michigan's campus, with a follow-up of two rounds of doubles and one round of singles on Saturday morning. The tournament will use a points system taking into account singles and doubles wins to crown a tournament champion.