Marquette Falls Short to No. 33 Illinois, 6-1

Feb. 28, 2009

MILWAUKEE -

The Marquette women's tennis squad fell to No. 33 Illinois, 6-1, Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee. With the loss, the Golden Eagles move to 10-5 overall, 3-0 in BIG EAST play.

"They're a very, very good team and we knew that," said head coach Jody Bronson, about the Illini. "We talked about that this week and we talked about that before the start of the match that if you show up with one less thing than you need, you're not going to do it. You've got to bring everything, and they showed us what our weaknesses are and what we have to try to work on to get better to play better at that level."

In doubles action, the Illinois dual of freshman Amy Allin and sophomore Annie McCarthy quickly took care of sophomore Rachael and freshman Gillian Hush at the No. 3 spot, 8-1. The Illini secured the doubles point with junior Megan Fudge and sophomore Marisa Lambropolous tallying a 8-4 win over sophomore Christina Ruiz and senior Robin Metzler at the No. 2 position.

Freshman Paola Calderon and sophomore Kylie Moore battled at the No. 1 doubles position, coming back to tie the score at 7-7 after a 5-0 deficit. The pair fell, 8-7, to sophomore Leigh Finnegan and freshman Chelcie Abajian.

"It was an awesome match and a disappointing match to lose," said head coach Jody Bronson. "I actually thought [Paola and Kylie] were really going to pull that match out. It was a perfect example of when things are tough, you just don't stop, you just keep fighting back and fighting back and you can never give up. They almost turned it around. Maybe if they were one less game down early on, maybe that would have made the difference. The fight was there until the end, it's just too bad we couldn't pull it out."


 

 

Sophomore Rachael Hush fell to Lambropolous at the No. 4 singles position, 6-1, 6-0. At the No. 1 spot, Illinois' Finnegan dominated freshman Calderon, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 3 Ruiz tightened the first set against Abajian as close at 4-3 in advantage of the Illini, but was unable to get any closer as Ruiz fell 6-4, 6-0.

Moore tallied the lone point for the Golden Eagles at the No. 5 singles position. The redshirt sophomore, who has been battling knee problems, dropped the first set 6-2 before rallying back in the second set. Moore took an early 4-1 lead, and extended the advantage to 5-2 before clinching the set, 6-3. Moore won the tiebreaker against Allin in five.

"With Kylie, we've got to pick and choose how much to practice her, so for her to go out there when she doesn't get to hit every day and just give everything she has to fight for that point - that's what we stand for," said Bronson. "That's what Marquette's about. We don't want people just showing up out there that aren't going to do that kind of stuff."

Metzler fell at No. 6 to Illinois' Shivani Dave, 6-2, 6-3. Senior Dave entered the match with four straight dual wins.

Freshman Olga Fischer, who carried a ten match winning streak into play Saturday, fell to Fudge, 6-2, 6-3, in a battle between two Germany natives. Fischer, from Berlin, fell early in the second set to Fudge, 4-1, and was unable to recover to the Kaarst, Germany native. The win marks Fudge's tenth consecutive singles win in the dual season.

The Golden Eagles will host BIG EAST conference member Connecticut. Doubles play will begin at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium at 10 a.m.

Illinois 6, Marquette 1

 

Doubles

1. Finnegan/Abajian (ILL) def. Calderon/Moore (MU), 8-7

2. Fudge/Lambropolous (ILL) def. Ruiz/Metzler (MU), 8-4

3. Allin/McCarthy (ILL) def. R. Hush/G. Hush (MU), 8-1

 

Singles

1. Finnegan (ILL) def. Calderon (MU), 6-0, 6-0

2. Fudge (ILL) def. Fischer (MU), 6-2, 6-3

3. Abajian (ILL) def. Ruiz (MU), 6-3, 6-0

4. Lambropolous (ILL) def. R. Hush (MU), 6-1, 6-0

5. Moore (MU) def. Allin (ILL), 6-2, 6-3 (5)

6. Dave (ILL) def. Metzler (MU), 6-2, 6-3

Order of singles finish: 4, 1, 3, 5, 7, 2

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