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Women's Tennis Hosts WMU Super Challenge

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 11/07/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team will wrap its 2013-14 tournament season with a three-day event on their home court when they host the WMU Super Challenge from Nov. 9 - 11 at West Hills Athletic Club. The tournament will feature seven teams from around the country and will be played in both round robin and bracketed draws.

The tournament brings six teams to Kalamazoo, including Bowling Green, Colorado, Indiana Louisville, Marquette, and Notre Dame. The singles field will consist of 10 round robin draws of four players each, with each player playing a round of singles on each day. The doubles field, however, will consist of a bracketed draw of 16, with two rounds of doubles scheduled for both Friday and Saturday. All matches will be played at West Hills Athletic Club, a 10-court indoor facility operated by the University.

Play is slated to begin on Friday morning at 10 a.m. with a round of doubles, followed by a round of singles immediately after. The teams will take a short break after the first round of singles and return to action with a round of doubles at 4 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner for the players. Play resumes on Saturday at 10 a.m. with two straight rounds of doubles, and will conclude with a round of singles at 12:15 p.m. The weekend concludes on Sunday with one round of singles, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

The Broncos will look to end the fall season on a high note on their home court, a situation in which they have excelled already this year; they came just one singles win shy of a perfect weekend in the Bronco Invitational from Oct. 11-12, going 20-1 over two days at Sorensen Courts. The Broncos have excelled in doubles play this year, posting an overall record of 28-16 (.636), and will look to tack on even more wins to their impressive total this weekend. WMU will field two doubles teams in the 16-team draw, including the duo of Meika Ashby and Tracy Kuhle, a pairing that has gone 5-0 so far this season. Also in the main draw will be the pairing of Nini Sujashvili and Caroline Aleck, who have a 1-1 record together this season but a combined mark of 16-9 in doubles as individuals.

Broncos will be spread across the board in singles play, with six individuals slated to go for the Broncos at West Hills.  Sujashvili will open singles in the Black draw against Cassie Pough, while fellow upperclassmen Aleck and Kelsey King will open against Bowling Green's Hannah Drayton and Ashley Tiefel, respectively.  Ashby will take on Colorado's Alex Aiello in the White draw, Kuhle will face the Buffaloes' Carli Manzi Tenorio, and Yuriko Ono will round out the field on day one against Notre Dame's Alaina Roberts.