URBANA, Ill. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team had some early success, but it was not enough to overcome a strong Illinois effort as the Broncos fell 5-2 to the Fighting Illini in Urbana on Friday.  The Broncos fall tao 6-8 with the loss, while the Illini improve to 4-6.

 

The Broncos started out strong in singles play, winning two of the first three matches against the Illini.  Rachel Denny was the first to notch a result as she defeated Leigh Finnegan 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 5 match.  After Maggie Remynse battled but ultimately lost in the No. 1 match, Maria Nivia posted a 6-2, 7-5 result over Chelcie Abajian to give the Broncos an early 2-1 edge.  However, the Illini notched wins in the next three matches, including a wild three-set result between the reigning MAC Player of the Week Jill Pastunink and Illinois's Allison Falkin that saw Pastunink tie the match with a tiebreaker win in the second set before falling 10-8 in the third.

 

The Illini swept doubles play three matches to none, with the best WMU effort coming in the No. 2 match; the combination of Nini Sushashvili and Nivia forced a late tiebreaker before falling 8-7 (7-3).


 

2010-11 Western Michigan Tennis
Western Michigan vs Illinois

Mar 19, 2011 at Urbana, Ill.
(Atkins Tennis Center)
FIN

    Illinois   Western Michigan    
  7   1    

#1 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Maggie Remynse, Western Michigan 4 3   Order of finish: 2
Amy Allin, Illinois 6 6    

 

#2 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Nini Sujashvili, Western Michigan 2 4   Order of finish: 5
#117 Breanne Smutko, Illinois 6 6    

 

#3 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Maria Nivia, Western Michigan 6 7   Order of finish: 3
Chelcie Abajian, Illinois 2 5    

 

#4 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Jill Pastunink, Western Michigan 5 7 0 Order of finish: 6
Allison Falkin, Illinois 7 6 1  

 

#5 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Rachel Denny, Western Michigan 6 6    
Leigh Finnegan, Illinois 2 4    

 

#6 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Amanda Moccia, Western Michigan 6 1 4 Order of finish: 4
Annie McCarthy, Illinois 4 6 6  

 


#1 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
April Kerr/Amanda Moccia, Western Michigan 4     Order of finish: 2
Chelcie Abajian/Allison Falkin, Illinois 8      

 

#2 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Nini Sujashvili/Maria Nivia, Western Michigan 7     Order of finish: 3
Amy Allin/Leigh Finnegan, Illinois 8      

 

#3 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Maggie Remynse/Jill Pastunink, Western Michigan 4     Order of finish: 1
Breanne Smutko/Annie McCarthy, Illinois 8