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Women's Tennis Opens Home Slate With Doubleheader

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 01/24/2014
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THE MATCH-UPS

Butler Bulldogs at Western Michigan Broncos
Saturday, January 25 // 1 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club
Broncos lead series 6-1

Chicago State Cougars at Western Michigan Broncos
Saturday, January 25 // 6 p.m.
Kalamazoo, Mich. // West Hills Athletic Club
Broncos lead series 2-1

LIVE STATS

THE SERIES
This will be the eighth meeting between the Bulldogs and the Broncos, with Western Michigan holding a 6-1 advantage over Butler in the all-time series.  WMU defeated Butler 6-1 in their last meeting on Jan. 26, 2013 in Indianpolis, taking five of six singles matches and sweeping the doubles session for the win.  Nini Sujashvili, Caroline Aleck, and Kelsey King all recorded singles wins.

This will be the second meeting between the Broncos and the Cougars, with Western Michigan holding a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series against Chicago State.  The last time the teams met was on March 23, 2012, when the Broncos downed the Cougars 5-2 in the second half of a doubleheader at West Hills Athletic Club.  The Broncos swept the doubles session to take a 1-0 lead, and Caroline Aleck and Kathleen Hawkins recorded the first two singles wins of the match to put the Broncos ahead 3-0.

ALECK & ONO NAMED MAC DOUBLES TEAM OF THE WEEK
Earlier this week, the Mid-American Conference announced that Caroline Aleck and Yuriko Ono were named the MAC Women’s Tennis Doubles Team of the Week.  They were a perfect 2-0 in doubles matches in the first weekend of the season, defeating opponents from #21 Notre Dame and Valparaiso to help the Broncos split a season-opening doubleheader. 

Aleck and Ono are 6-1 on the season as a doubles pair, including a 2-0 mark in dual matches, and have won six straight decisions dating back to the fall.

KING IN CONTROL
Sophomore Kelsey King had a strong showing for the Broncos in last season's doubleheader, splitting a pair of singles matches against #21 Notre Dame and Valparaiso.  King shut out Valparaiso's Paige Heuer 6-0, 6-0 in the No. 3 singles match, part of the Broncos' shutout victory over the Crusaders.  King also had an excellent showing against Notre Dame's Mary Closs in the No. 4 singles match of the Broncos' first match of the year, taking the first set against Closs before falling in three sets.

BRONCOS PREDICTED TO FINISH THIRD IN MAC IN 2014
The Mid-American Conference announced its preseason women's tennis coaches' poll earlier this week, 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.  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.

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)

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