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Women's Tennis Picked Third in MAC Preseason Poll

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 01/22/2014
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CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Mid-American Conference announced its preseason women's tennis coaches' poll today, with the Western Michigan women's tennis team predicted to finish third in the MAC in 2014.  

The Broncos return most of their line-up from last season, including 2013 Second Team All-MAC selection Nini Sujashvili, who played in the No. 1 singles spot for the Broncos last season and has started that way as well.  The Broncos' senior captain, Sujashvili has a 26-26 record in No. 1 singles since the start of the 2012 season, including a 1-1 mark to start the 2014 dual match campaign.  Sujashvili also boasted a 16-9 record in dual match doubles last season, including a 7-1 record against MAC opposition in the regular season that was best on the team.

Also in her senior season is Kathleen Hawkins, who entered the spring dual match season with a #55 national ranking from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.  Hawkins' ranking is the highest ever singles ranking for a Bronco; the previous best was Frederika Girsang, who was ranked #62 nationally in the season-opening ITA poll in 2003.

WMU is 1-1 to open the 2014 dual match season, having fallen at #21 Notre Dame in their first match of the year before defeating Valparaiso on the same day to even their record.  The Broncos will return home for a doubleheader on Saturday, when they face Butler and Chicago State in Kalamazoo.

2014 MAC Women’s Tennis Preseason Poll Voting
1. Miami (68)
2. Eastern Michigan (54)
3. Western Michigan (50)
4. Ball State (44)
t5. Akron (41)
t5. Bowling Green (41)
7. Buffalo (34)
8. Toledo (19)
9. Northern Illinois (9)
(total points based on 9 for a first place vote; 8 for second place, etc.)
First place votes: Miami (5); Eastern Michigan (2); Buffalo (1).
Tournament winner votes: Miami (3).