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Women's tennis team wins MAC Championship

May 1, 2006

OXFORD, Ohio--Western Michigan University's women's tennis team defeated Buffalo, 4-0, Sunday in the title match of the Mid-American Conference Women's Tennis Tournament at Miami University. The tournament championship guarantees the Broncos their third berth of the past eight seasons in the NCAA Tournament.

The team was undefeated in MAC regular season play for the second year in a row, winning its second straight MAC Championship. In tennis, the conference champion is determined based on regular season records, and the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament goes to the winner of the MAC Tournament.

Senior Malena Remynse of Portage, Mich., was named MAC Player of the Year, and Kerstin Pahl from Kiel, Germany, was named MAC Freshman of the Year. Remynse and junior Carrie Jeanmaire of Belvidere, Ill., were both named First Team All-MAC, while senior Reedhina Parekh of Calcutta, India, was named to the All-MAC Second Team.

For her efforts at the MAC Tournament, senior Rattiya Hiranrat of Samutprakarn, Thailand, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Pahl and Parekh were also named to the all-tournament team.

"This has just been a fantastic year," says head coach Betsy Kuhle. "We've done almost everything we set out to accomplish at the beginning of the season. This team has just done an unbelievable job and will go down as one of the best teams in school history. They are deserving of everything they have accomplished."

The Broncos rolled through all three rounds of the MAC Tournament without dropping a single match and enter the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 20-5.

WMU previously advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1999 and 2000.

UPDATE (May 15, 2006)--In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, May 12, WMU lost to No. 11-ranked University of California, Berkeley.

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Media contact: Mat Kanan, (269) 387-4125, mat.kanan@wmich.edu

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