Broncos Impress at WMU Super Challenge
NOTE: The scoring at the WMU Super Challenge will be done using an experimental format. Singles matches will be played with tiebreakers at 5-5 and a third-set super tiebreaker if necessary, and doubles matches will be played to six games, also with a tiebreaker at 5-5.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team completed its first day of action at the WMU Super Challenge, with the Broncos winning four of six singles matches and four of six doubles matches at West Hills Athletic Club on Friday. Play will resume at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Two Broncos went a perfect 3-0 on the day, with the doubles pairing of Yuriko Ono and Kelsey King winning both doubles matches in which they competed and also picking up wins in their respective singles matches. Ono and King defeated Notre Dame's Darby Mountford and Alaina Roberts 6-3 in their first doubles match of the day, and completed their doubles sweep with a 6-5 (6) win over Mary Beth King and Kim Schmider. King took her singles win against Colorado's Ashley Tiefel, coming back from a one-set deficit to defeat Tiefel 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (4) in a three-setter. Meanwhile, Ono downed Roberts in a three-set match of her own, bouncing back from a second-set loss to win 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (6).
The doubles pairing of Caroline Aleck and Nini Sujashvili experienced similar success, going 1-1 in doubles on the day and with both players also winning their respective singles matches. Sujashvili eked out a first set tiebreaker over Louisville's Cassie Pough before blowing past her in the second set, winning 6-5 (5), 6-0, while Aleck took a straight sets win over Bowling Green's Hannah Drayton 6-3, 6-0. The duo combined to beat the Cardinals' Pough and Elle Stokes in doubles play, winning 6-1.
Wrapping up the doubles success for the Broncos on the day was the team of Tracy Kuhle and Meika Ashby, who downed a pair from Mid-American Conference foe Bowling Green. Kuhle and Asby got up a break on Bowling Green's Drayton and Harley Hutchison, winning 6-3.
Aiello (Colorado) def. Ashby (WMU) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (12)
Sujashvili (WMU) def. Pough (Lousiville) 6-5 (5), 6-0
King (WMU) def. Tiefel (Colorado) 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (4)
Manzi (Colorado) def. Kuhle (WMU) 6-3, 5-6 (3), 1-0 (5)
Aleck (WMU) def. Drayton (BG) 6-3, 6-0
Ono (WMU) def. Roberts (ND) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (6)
Aiello/Manzi (Colorado) def. Kuhle/Ashby (WMU) 6-4
Kuhle/Ashby (WMU) def. Hutchison/Drayton (BG) 6-3
Aleck/Sujashvili (WMU) def. Pough/Stokes (Louisville) 6-1
Garre/Fujimoto (IU) def. Aleck/Sujashvili (WMU) 6-5 (5)
Ono/King (WMU) def. Mountford/Roberts (ND) 6-3
Ono/King (WMU) def. King/Schmider (IU) 6-5 (6)