Golden Eagles Fall to No. 19 Michigan, 7-0

Jan. 23, 2009

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - No. 19 Michigan proved to be too much for the Marquette women's tennis team Friday afternoon as the Wolverines downed the Golden Eagles, 7-0, at Varsity Tennis Center. Marquette moves to 2-1 overall, while Michigan stands at 1-0.

"For our third match to be against the No. 19 team in the nation, I thought we stepped up to the challenge and played very well," said head coach Jody Bronson. "The scores today were not indicative of how we played. Michigan is a very good team, probably better than their ranking, and they were able to finish today."

In doubles play, Michigan took two of three doubles to win the doubles point. Michigan's Whitney Taney and Chisako Sugiyama made quick work of senior redshirt sophomore Kylie Moore and freshman Paola Calderon at No. 1, 8-1, to claim the first win of the day.

Marquette countered with a win of its own at the No. 2 slot as the duo of senior Robin Metzler and sophomore Christina Ruiz defeated Tania Mahtani and Rika Tatsuno, 8-4.

"Robin and Kylie dominated that match. I was very proud of the way they stepped up and played today," said Bronson.

At No. 3, Michigan's Lindsey Howard and Michelle Sulahian held on to a 8-4 win over Rachael and Gillian Hush to secure a 1-0 lead going into singles play.

"The No. 3 doubles match could have went either way. We were right there. Rachael and Gillian played extremely tough. Michigan was just able to finish," said Bronson.

In singles play, the Golden Eagles fought hard but fell in all six singles matches. Moore came closest to winning a set, but fell 6-4, 6-0 to Howard at No. 6. Overall, the Wolverines outscored Marquette 72-10 in singles play.



The Golden Eagles will return to action Sunday at No. 30 Indiana. Doubles play begins at 9 a.m. CT.

No. 1 -- Chisako Sugiyama (U-M) d. Paola Calderon (MU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 -- Rika Tatsuno (U-M) d. Christina Ruiz (MU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 -- Tania Mahtani (U-M) d. Rachael Hush (MU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 -- Whitney Taney (U-M) d. Olga Fischer (MU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 -- Michelle Sulahian (U-M) d. Robin Metzler (MU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 6 -- Lindsey Howard (U-M) d. Kylie Moore (MU), 6-4, 6-0

No. 1 -- Sugiyama/Taney (U-M) d. Calderon/Moore (MU), 8-1
No. 2 -- Metzler/Ruiz (MU) d. Mahtani/Tatsuno, 8-3
No. 3 -- Howard/Sulahian (U-M) d. Gillian Hush/Rachel Hush (MU), 8-4


Order of Completion: Doubles 1-2-3, Singles 5-4-1-3-2-6


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