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Courtesy: WMU

Women's Tennis Recruiting Efforts Earn Honors

Courtesy: Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Media Relations
Release: 06/16/2014
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - announced its top Mid-Major Women's Tennis Recruiting Classes for 2014, with the Western Michigan Broncos coming in at 19th on the list. One of only two Mid-American Conference schools on the list, the Broncos return to the Top-25 after receiving votes in the 2013 poll.

The Broncos return five players from last year's squad, and will be bolstered by a three-woman recruiting class that features two players ranked as three-stars or better by (listed alphabetically):

Olivia Myers is a four-star recruit from Belmont, Ohio that ranked 62nd among high school seniors by Tennis as of May 30, 2014. She recently won the back draw of the 2014 USTA Midwest Memorial Day Weekend Tournament L3, reaching the quarterfinal of the main draw and ultimately finishing with a 5-1 record. She is also an accomplished doubles player, having teamed with Keisha Clousing to win the National Open Girls 16's doubles championship in 2011.

Ella Perinovic comes to Kalamazoo from Zagreb, Croatia, and has consistently ranked among the best players in her home country. Perinovic ranked in the top-10 in Croatia every years between ages 12 and 16, and while there defeated countrywomen that have gone on to great careers such as Tena Lukas (ranked #707 by the WTA), Bianca Strukelj (scholarship to Arkansas), Anja Cosovic (Troy) and Iva Bago (Kansas State).

Labina Petrovska is a three-star recruit from Birmingham, Michigan that is also the ninth-ranked recruit in the state. At the time of her commitment to WMU, she boasted a 19-10 record in USTA competition, including a 4-4 record against players ahead of her in the rankings. She helped Birmingham Seaholm High School to a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 2 state championship in 2012, as well as a shared MHSAA Region 12 title in 2013.