Marquette Dominates NIU, 7-0, to Improve to 5-1
Feb. 5, 2010
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's tennis team handed Northern Illinois its fourth consecutive loss of the season, 7-0, in Milwaukee Friday night. With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 5-1 in dual play, while NIU falls to 0-4.
"The NIU players made us work and this was not easy," said head coach Jody Bronson. "Even some of the scores that look like they were one-sided, we had to work pretty hard for the points that we got."
Marquette swept doubles scoring for the fifth time this season, claiming the point with wins by juniors Rachael Hush/Christina Ruiz at the top spot, sophomores Paola Calderon/Olga Fischer at No. 2, and sophomore Gillian Hush/senior Maggie Wilson in the third slot.
"I think we might be looking at some mixing up the lineups a little bit," said Bronson. "For the things that we practice in practice, we're not following through with them as well in doubles. It only takes one shot where you take a break and the whole point can change and the whole game can change. We need to be much sharper and much more aware in doubles. I really feel we have to pick that up."
In singles action, Fischer quickly took care of NIU's Martina Schnapp, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 2 spot. She improves to 5-1 in dual action from the top two positions.
"Olga played very well, she was very focused," said Bronson. "That's a big part of it, just being really focused when you play so you know what you have to do, you're recognizing what's going on in your court, what their weaknesses are. She was just very aware and never let her opponent in that door."
Ruiz battled a shoulder injury to defeat Kelly Phillips at the No. 5 slot, 6-1, 6-0, while Gillian Hush claimed her sixth win of the season at No. 6 singles. The sophomore remains undefeated in singles action, and has tallied seven consecutive wins dating back to the BIG EAST Tournament at the end of the 2008-09 season.
"She's just worked extremely hard this year," head coach Jody Bronson said of Gillian Hush. "I think it was hard for her last year, not being in the singles lineup. She's made a great effort to really try to make herself better. She's coachable and will do whatever I ask her. She's on a tear, is undefeated and is just playing very, very well."
Calderon tallied her second win from the No. 1 position for the Golden Eagles, triumphing over Kathryn Friedlund, 6-2, 6-1. Rachael Hush now sits even on the season with her win against Brittni Fausett at No. 4 singles.
Freshman Kelly Barry improved to 4-2 in singles action with her 6-4, 6-4 win over Emily Rogers at No. 3 in the final match of the evening to finish.
The Golden Eagles travel to No. 32 Illinois on Sunday, Feb. 7. The Illini will be the second ranked team to take on Marquette this season. MU fell at No. 46 Indiana Saturday, 6-1.
"We have to look at and recognize the things we did well tonight," said Bronson. "We also have to look at the things we did not do so well because we are definitely not going to get away with those things against a top-ranked team like Illinois Sunday."
Marquette 7, Northern Illinois 0
1. Rachael Hush/Christina Ruiz (MARQ) def. Brooke Forsberg/Emily Rogers (NIU) 8-0
2. Paola Calderon/Olga Fischer (MARQ) def. Kathryn Friedlund/Sara McLaughlin (NIU) 8-4
3. Gillian Hush/Maggie Wilson (MARQ) def. Brittni Fausett/Kelly Phillips (NIU) 8-1
1. Calderon (MARQ) def. Friedlund (NIU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Fischer (MARQ) def. Martina Schnapp (NIU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Barry (MARQ) def. Rogers (NIU) 6-4, 6-4
4. R. Hush (MARQ) def. Fausett (NIU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Ruiz (MARQ) def. Phillips (NIU) 6-1, 6-0
6. G. Hush (MARQ) def. McLaughlin (NIU) 6-1, 6-1
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