Ruiz Tallies Singles Win in 6-1 Loss at No. 32 Illinois Sunday
Feb. 7, 2010
In Urbana, Ill. Sunday morning, the Marquette women's tennis team fell to nationally-ranked Illinois, 6-1. Junior Christina Ruiz took the only point of the match for the Golden Eagles at the No. 5 singles position.
No. 32 Illinois (2-4) narrowly edged Marquette in doubles action, with two of the three being decided at 8-6. At No. 1 and No. 3, Rachael Hush/Ruiz and Gillian Hush/Maggie Wilson battled with Illinois, coming close but ultimately unable to capture the doubles point.
At No. 5, Ruiz recorded the lone point of the match for Marquette (5-2), winning, 7-5, 6-4, over Kristina Minor. All eyes were on Ruiz and Minor as they were the final athletes to finish Sunday.
Four of the singles matches were decided by 6-1, 6-2 decisions as sophomores Paola Calderon, Olga Fischer and Gillian Hush, and freshman Kelly Barry fell to their Illinois opponents. The loss was the first of the season for Hush.
Junior Rachael Hush fell 6-0 in the her first set, but rallied in her second, coming within two with a 6-4 final.
The win was the first of the season for Illinois, who opened the season with losses against top-40 opponents, as ranked by the ITA. Illinois was the second ranked team for Marquette in three matches, falling at No. 46 Indiana a week ago, 6-1, and Sunday morning in Urbana.
No. 32 Illinois 6, Marquette 1
1. Rachael White/Marisa Lambropoulos (ILL) def. Rachael Hush/Christina Ruiz (MARQ) 8-6
2. Megan Fudge/Chelcie Abajian (ILL) def. Paola Calderon/Olga Fischer (MARQ) 8-5
3. Annie McCarthy/Amy Allin (ILL) def. Gillian Hush/Maggie Wilson (MARQ) 8-6
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
1. No. 33 Rachael White (ILL) def. Paola Calderon (MARQ) 6-1, 6-2
2. Megan Fudge (ILL) def. Olga Fischer (MARQ) 6-1, 6-2
3. Chelscie Abajian (ILL) def. Kelly Barry (MARQ) 6-1, 6-2
4. Marisa Lambropoulos (ILL) def. Rachael Hush (MARQ) 6-0, 6-4
5. Christina Ruiz (MARQ) def. Kristina Minor (ILL) 7-5, 6-4
6. Amy Allin (ILL) def. Gillian Hush (MARQ) 6-1, 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 6, 4, 2, 5
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