Broncos Perfect on First Day of Bronco Invite
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team posted a perfect 12-0 day on the first day of the Bronco Invitational, as the Broncos won all 10 singles matches and both doubles matches they competed in at Sorensen Courts on Friday. The Broncos will conclude play at the home tournament tomorrow morning with one round of singles and two rounds of doubles.
All five Broncos competing in singles at the event - Caroline Aleck, Barbare Eristavi, Kelsey King, Tracy Kuhle, and Yuriko Ono - went 2-0 on the day, beating opponents in a field that included IPFW, IUPUI, Oakland, Detroit, and Notre Dame. In addition, the doubles pairings of Aleck/Ono and Eristavi/Kuhle each picked up wins in the evening sessions, with Aleck and Ono having the special distinction of winning a match under the lights as the first day drew to a close. Coming back from a deficit against IUPUI's Julie Brockman and Bobbi Modesto, the Broncos took a 7-6 lead under the lights on the upper Sorensen Courts. Ono's stabbing backhand lunge on match point dropped the ball in play against the pair of Jaguars, bouncing out before they could reach it to seal the 8-6 win for the Broncos.
Aleck and Ono were each 2-0 in singles on the day as well, with Aleck beating Detroit's Raina Halabi and Oakland's Tamara Blum in the White Singles round robin. Aleck cruised past Halabi 6-1, 6-2 in the early match, but needed to withstand a good effort from Blum to take the second match 6-2, 7-5. Meanwhile, Ono defeated the Jaguars' Brockman 6-1, 6-3 in the early match of the day before taking a pair of relatively close set's against Oakland's Elizabeth Guy, winning 6-3, 6-3.
Eristavi and Kuhle had fine days as well, with each going 2-0 in singles and winning togehter as a doubles tandem. Eristavi downed Oakland's Maxime Colen 6-0, 6-1 in the first match of the Silver Singles round robin, and overcame Notre Dame's Darby Mountford 7-6 (6), 6-1 in the second match of the day. Meanwhile, Kuhle won a pair of matches in the six-woman round robin, notching a perfect 6-0, 6-0 against Oakland's Juliana Guevara and cruising past IUPUI's Brockman 6-0, 6-2. The two Broncos combined to make a dynamite tandem against OU's Colen and Blum, downing them 8-3 in the evening doubles match.
Rounding out the success for the Broncos was Kelsey King, who went 2-0 in singles with wins over opponents from Oakland and Notre Dame. King dominated the Golden Grizzlies' Rebbeca Phyle 6-0 in the first set of their early match before hanging on for a 6-4 win in the second set, and the sophomore flipped the script against the Fighting Irish's Alaina Roberts by beating her 6-3, 6-0 in straight sets.
Silver Singles – Round 1
Eristavi (WMU) def. Colen (OU) 6-0, 6-1
White Singles – Round 1
Aleck (WMU) def. Halabi (UD) 6-1, 6-2
Brown Singles – Round 1
King (WMU) def. Phyle (OU) 6-0, 6-4
Round Robin – Round 1
Ono (WMU) def. Brockman (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-3
Kuhle (WMU) def. Guevara (OU) 6-0, 6-0
Silver Singles – Round 2
Eristavi (WMU) def. Mountford (ND) 7-6 (6), 6-1
White Singles – Round 2
Aleck (WMU) def. Blum (OU) 6-2, 7-5
Brown Singles – Round 2
King (WMU) def. Roberts (ND) 6-3, 6-0
Round Robin – Round 2
Ono (WMU) def. Guy (OU) 6-3, 6-3
Kuhle (WMU) def. Brockman (IUPUI) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles - Round 1
Kuhle/Eristavi (WMU) def. Colen/Blum (Oakland) 8-3
Aleck/Ono (WMU) def. Modesto/Brockman (IUPUI) 8-6