Women's Tennis Halts Eastern Michigan, 4-2, in MAC Tourney Quarters
KALAMAZOO -- The third-seeded Western Michigan women's tennis team defeated No. 6 Eastern Michigan, 4-2, to advance through the quarterfinals of the MAC Championships at Sorensen Courts on Friday afternoon. The Broncos (15-10) advance to play No. 2 Akron (19-2) in the semifinals at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The Broncos opended with a strong performance in doubles as senior Emily Dudzik and freshman Jill Pastunink won 8-3 at No. 1 and then senior Yumi Matsuto and sophomore Maria Nivia completed an 8-2 victory at No. 2 to put the Broncos on top. The tandem of junior Amanda Moccia and sophomore April Kerr trailed at 4-2, but fought back to lead 7-5 when their match was abandoned.
Nivia added to the Broncos' advantage by making quick work of Georgia de'Lisle Tarr with a 6-2, 6-0 triumph at No. 5 singles.
The Eagles came back to earn their first point with a convincing 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2, but freshman Maggie Remynse won her seventh in a row and improved to 5-0 at No. 4 with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Karina Ahuja to put WMU back up two, 3-1.
Eastern Michigan earned a hard-fought triumph at No. 1 to cut the margin back to one, 3-2, but the Broncos emerged victorious moments later.
Pastunink opened No. 6 singles in a 3-0 hole, but fought back to win 6-3, 6-3 for her ninth consecutive singles victory to advance the Broncos into the semifinals.
Matsuto helped stave off any EMU momentum by rallying back from a first set defeat at No. 3 to force a third set with a 6-0 whitewash of Xu Chang in the second set before the match was abandoned.
#3 Western Michigan 4, #6 Eastern Michigan
Apr 30, 2010 at Kalamazoo, Mich. (Sorensen Courts)
|1. Julia Breuss (EMU) def. Emily Dudzik (WMU) 7-6 (7-3), 6-4|
|2. Miriam Westerink (EMU) def. Amanda Moccia (WMU) 6-1, 6-2|
|3. Yumi Matsuto (WMU) vs. Xu Chang (EMU) 5-7, 6-0, 0-2, unfinished|
|4. Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Karina Ahuja (EMU) 6-3, 6-3|
|5. Maria Nivia (WMU) def. Georgia de'Lisle-Tar (EMU) 6-2, 6-0|
|6. Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Marcela Rivero (EMU) 6-3, 6-3|
|1. Emily Dudzik/Jill Pastunink (WMU) def. Julia Breuss/Miriam Westerink (EMU) 8-3|
|2. Yumi Matsuto/Maria Nivia (WMU) def. Xu Chang/Georgia de'Lisle-Tar (EMU) 8-2|
|3. April Kerr/Amanda Moccia (WMU) led Karina Ahuja/Marcela Rivero (EMU) 7-5, unfinished|
|#6 Eastern Michigan 8-14|
|#3 Western Michigan 15-10|
|Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (5,2,4,1,6)|
|2010 Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Championships|
|Winner will play #2 Akron in semifinals|