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Women's Tennis Splits in Season-Opening Doubleheader

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 01/18/2014
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INDIANA - The Western Michigan women's tennis team split its first two matches of the 2014 dual match season, falling 7-0 to the 21st-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish but sweeping the Valparaiso Crusaders 7-0 on Saturday. The Broncos open the dual match season with a 1-1 record as a result.

Caroline Aleck and Yuriko Ono each went 3-1 on the day, with the pair winning their respective singles matches against Valparaiso and winning a pair of doubles matches together. Aleck and Ono were the only Broncos to earn a win in the Broncos' loss to the Fighting Irish, combining to beat Quinn Gleason - who ranks #67 nationally in singles play - and Katherine White 7-5 in the No. 3 doubles match.

Aleck and Ono also earned a doubles win over Valparaiso's Angelina Goheen and Michele Fredlake in the nightcap, taking a perfect 6-0 decision in the No. 3 doubles match. Kathleen Hawkins and Nini Sujashvili beat Valparaiso's Kristin Zakiewicz and Kaitlyn Hamel 6-1 in No. 1 doubles, and Meika Ashby and Tracy Kuhle completed the sweep of the Crusaders in doubles play with a 6-2 decision over Megan Barthels and Paige Heuer in No. 2 doubles play.

The Broncos swept the full six-match singles slate against the Crusaders in the second team match of the day, shutting out Valparaiso to ensure the 7-0 decision. Aleck wrapped up her 3-1 day with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Barthels in the No. 4 singles match, while Ono finished up her day with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Morgan Paras in the No. 6 singles match. Sujashvili defeated the Crusaders' Kaitlyn Hamel 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles match, while Ashby earned her first dual match singles win of the season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Zakiewicz.

Kelsey King had a shutout win over Heuer, defeating her 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles for one of the Broncos' most decisive singles wins of the day. Freshman Tracy Kuhle rounded out the win for the Broncos, downing Michele Fredlake 6-0, 6-1 in No. 5 singles.

#21 Notre Dame 7, Western Michigan University 0

Singles competition
1. #67 Quinn Gleason (ND) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Jennifer Kellner (ND) def. Meika Ashby (WMU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Monica Robinson (ND) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Mary Closs (ND) def. Kelsey King (WMU) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-1)
5. Julie Sabacinski (ND) def. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Molly O'Koniewski (ND) def. Yuriko Ono (WMU) 6-0, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #26 Jennifer Kellner/Monica Robinson (ND) def. Kathleen Hawkins/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-4
2. Julie Sabacinski/Mary Closs (ND) def. Meika Ashby/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) 6-2
3. Caroline Aleck/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Quinn Gleason/Katherine White (ND) 7-5

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,3,6,4,1,2)

Western Michigan University 7, Valparaiso 0

Singles competition
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Kaitlyn Hamel (VALPO) 6-0, 6-3
2. Meika Ashby (WMU) def. Kristin Zakiewicz (VALPO) 6-2, 6-2
3. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Paige Heuer (VALPO) 6-0, 6-0
4. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Megan Barthels (VALPO) 6-0, 6-2
5. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Michele Fredlake (VALPO) 6-0, 6-1
6. Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Morgan Paras (VALPO) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Kathleen Hawkins/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Kristin Zakiewicz/Kaitlyn Hamel (VALPO) 6-1
2. Meika Ashby/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Megan Barthels/Paige Heuer (VALPO) 6-2
3. Caroline Aleck/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Angelina Goheen/Michele Fredlake (VALPO) 6-0