Broncos Sweep Doubleheader Against Butler, Chicago State
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team won both ends of a doubleheader at West Hills Athletic Club on Saturday, defeating Butler 7-0 and Chicago State 6-1 in their 2014 dual match home opener. With the wins, the Broncos improve to 3-1 on the season.
The Broncos opened with a 7-0 shutout of the Bulldogs, taking all nine matches for the perfect sweep against Butler. Meika Ashby and Yuriko Ono opened the proceedings with a 6-0 shutout over Sienna Reuter and Grace Hyde in the No. 3 doubles match, while Kathleen Hawkins and Tracy Kuhle overcame a slow start to defeat Stephani McLoughlin and Kailey Eaton 6-3 in the No. 1 doubles match. Nini Sujashvili and Caroline Aleck were also able to pull away after an even beginning in the No. 2 doubles match, beating Angelina Qin and Jocelyn Koester 6-3 to complete the session.
Kuhle made quick work of her singles opponent to put the Broncos ahead 2-0, giving up just a single game to Reuter in the No. 6 singles match and putting the Broncos in control. Sujashvili was similarly dominant against McLoughlin in No. 1 singles, winning 6-1, 6-1, and Aleck clinched the match win for the Broncos with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Koester in the No. 5 singles match. Hawkins played in her first singles match of the dual match season, beating Eaton 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles match, and Ashby and Kelsey King rounded out the singles session with a pair of straight sets wins in the Nos. 3 and 4 singles matches, respectively.
The match against the Cougars also began with a sweep in the doubles session, though this time Sujashvili and Aleck were the ones to make the first move with a 6-1 win over Kirsa Utech and Gema Bolado in the No. 2 doubles match. Hawkins and Kuhle clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win over Carynne Lloyd and Faith Huckabee in the No. 1 doubles match, and Ashby and Ono finished the clean sweep with a 6-3 win over Marnie Perez-Ochoa and Karyn Emeralda.
WMU went up 2-0 when Perez-Ochoa, trailing 6-1, 3-0 pulled out of the No. 4 singles match against Aleck, and the lead quickly expanded to 3-0 after Sujashvili cruised past Utech 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles match. Ono improved to 2-1 in dual match singles on the season with a win over Sabrine Navarro in the No. 6 singles match, and Ashby thoroughly controlled her No. 2 singles match against Bolado in winning 6-0, 6-2. King rounded out the evening with a win over Lloyd in the No. 3 singles match, shutting her opponent out in the second set to win 6-2, 6-0.
Western Michigan 7, Butler 0
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. MCLOUGHLIN, Stephani (BU-W) 6-1, 6-1
2. #55 Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. EATON, Kailey (BU-W) 6-1, 6-2
3. Meika Ashby (WMU) def. QIN, Angelina (BU-W) 6-2, 6-2
4. Kelsey King (WMU) def. HYDE, Grace (BU-W) 6-0, 6-3
5. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. KOESTER, Jocelyn (BU-W) 6-1, 6-1
6. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. REUTER, Sienna (BU-W) 6-1, 6-0
1. Kathleen Hawkins/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. MCLOUGHLIN, Stephani/EATON, Kailey (BU-W) 6-3
2. Nini Sujashvili/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. QIN, Angelina/KOESTER, Jocelyn (BU-W) 6-3
3. Meika Ashby/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. REUTER, Sienna/HYDE, Grace (BU-W) 6-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,1,5,2,3,4)
Western Michigan 6, Chicago State University 1
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Utech, Kirsa (CSU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Meika Ashby (WMU) def. Yusta, Bolado Gema (CSU) 6-0, 6-2
3. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Lloyd, Carynne (CSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Perez-Ochoa, Marnie (CSU) 6-1, 3-0, retired
5. Huckabee, Faith (CSU) def. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) 2-6, 7-5, 1-0 (12-10)
6. Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Navarro, Sabrine (CSU) 6-2, 6-0
1. Kathleen Hawkins/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Lloyd, Carynne/Huckabee, Faith (CSU) 6-1
2. Nini Sujashvili/Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Utech, Kirsa/Yusta, Bolado Gema (CSU) 6-1
3. Meika Ashby/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Emeralda, Karyn/Perez-Ochoa, Marnie (CSU) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,1,6,2,3,5)