MAC Tennis Champions Continue Postseason
story courtesy of WMU athletic media relations
Kalamazoo -- The nationally-ranked Western Michigan men's and women's tennis teams begin their NCAA Tournament quest this Friday afternoon. Both teams are looking to win their regional and advance to the Dan Magill Tennis Center in Athens, Ga., for the remainder of the 2007 Division I Tennis Championships.
The No. 54 WMU men (18-7) will be at the Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana, Ill., for the second time in four years when they play No. 10 Illinois (18-8) at 4 p.m. ET on Friday. The other two teams at the regional hosted by the University of Illinois are No. 21 Michigan (19-6) and No. 52 Drake (23-2). If WMU makes it past the Fighting Illini on Friday they will play in the regional championship match at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday.
This is the second straight year WMU has made the NCAA Tournament and the fifth time in school history. In the Broncos last trip to Illinois, they lost to the No. 1 Illini 4-0. WMU was competitive as Jeff French was leading 7-5, 4-4 at No. 6 and Ravi Pathanjali and Jose Orozco each pushed their opponents to three sets at No. 1 and No. 3 singles before those matches were abandoned.
The Bronco men will also be represented in the NCAA National Doubles Championship May 18-22 at the University of Georgia as No. 54 Tim Bradshaw and Brady Crosby earned the Mid-American Conference's automatic bid.
The No. 63 WMU women (22-6) are making a second trip to Evanston, Ill., this season when they play No. 5 Northwestern at 3 p.m. ET on Friday. The Broncos competed in the Wildcat Invitational on Oct. 6-8 and also played the Wildcats at the WMU Super Challenge on Nov. 3-5 and Carrie Jeanmaire and Kerstin Pahl met NU's Samantha Murray and Alexis Conill in the quarterfinals of the ITA Midwest Regional. A win against Northwestern would put the Broncos in the regional final against either No. 24 Indiana (20-6) or No. 43 Boise State (17-4) at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday.
This is the second straight year that Betsy Kuhle's squad has made the NCAAs and the fourth time in school history.
Live scoring for the WMU men vs. Illinois is located http://fightingillini.cstv.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/07-NCAA-Championships_Results.html
Live scoring for the WMU women vs. Northwestern is located http://nusports.cstv.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/nw-w-tennis-livestats.html