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Hawkins Earns #55 ITA National Ranking

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 01/02/2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team today saw one of its own honored as no other player in program history has been, when the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced its January 2 national singles and doubles rankings.  Bronco senior Kathleen Hawkins is ranked #55 in singles play to start the season, representing the best ITA singles ranking for a Bronco player in program history.

Hawkins' #55 national ranking makes her the first Bronco in program history to reach the top-60 in the national rankings; the previous best was Frederika Girsang, who was ranked #62 nationally in the season-opening ITA poll in 2003.  Kerstin Pahl ranked #98 at the start of the 2008 spring dual match season, and Rattiya Hiranrat was ranked #109 at the start of the 2005-06 season.  The Broncos have been nationally ranked in double much more frequently and recently, with the duo of Hiranrat and Noriko Saruta reaching a program-best #37 in the Feb. 22, 2005 poll.

Hawkins went 4-3 in singles play in the fall, winning her first four singles matches of the season.  Her last win of the fall was the biggest of her career, and perhaps the best in Bronco history; she defeated #12 Petra Niedermayerova 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the first round of the Hoosier Invitational hosted by Indiana.  It is believed that Hawkins' win represents the highest-ranked singles player ever defeated by a Bronco.

The senior from Portage, Mich. enters the season with a record of 88-61 overall as a Bronco; when also considering her freshman season played at Memphis, Hawkins boasts a career record of 115-84, including a 56-38 record in singles play.