Seniors Prove Crucial in Women's Tennis 5-2 Win Over Rutgers
April 10, 2010
On senior day, the Marquette women's tennis team won its match against Rutgers, 5-2 in Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon. Seniors Maggie Wilson and Elly Strother were difference makers in the win, as Wilson helped capture the doubles point while Strother clinched the match point at No. 6 singles.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early lead claiming the doubles point as all three duos won. The No. 3 pair of junior Christina Ruiz and freshman Kelly Barry finished first, followed by No. 2 sophomore classmates Paola Calderon and Gillian Hush and the No. 1 duo of sophomore Olga Fischer and senior Maggie Wilson. Fischer and Wilson picked up a big win over Zhang and Holzberg who are ranked No. 61 nationally.
In singles play, Fischer won, 6-3, 6-2, over Holzberg at No. 2 while Gillian Hush tallied a 6-3, 6-0 win over her Scarlet Knights opponent at No. 5. With the match point on the line, Strother claimed a win in her final home match at No. 6 singles, 6-3, 6-4, to capture the win for Marquette. Barry added a victory at No. 3 singles, coming down to a tiebreaker in the third set.
"It was huge because she has put in four years of hard work and dedication to this team and hasn't had opportunities like everybody else," said head coach Jody Bronson, of Strother clinching the match point for her squad Saturday. "For her to be getting on the court, knowing how important the match was for conference seeding - you couldn't have scripted it any better. She really stepped up, was so focused, knew what she had to do. It was just like you always want everything to happen. I'm just thrilled for her and her parents that have hardly been able to come to Marquette because they live in Canada. For them to be here and share that is really very special."
A pre-match ceremony recognized the career contributions of seniors Elly Strother and Maggie Wilson.
"I think both of them have meant a tremendous amount to our program," said Bronson. "From the day they came in, I never had to get on them for anything. They worked hard, were committed to the team, showed leadership early on, and they've carried that through and set that tone for everybody else. You can't always give kids that or get them to understand that, and Maggie and Elly both had that from day one."
The match Saturday also marked the recognition of a cause close to the women's tennis program and Marquette athletic department - the Cure for Kirby. Volunteer student-athletes and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representatives collected over $1,300 to support the Children's Medical Research Foundation, an organization trying to find a cure for Sanfilippo B syndrome. Senior Maggie Wilson's younger sister, Kirby, was diagnosed with the rare neuro-genetic disorder in 1995.
"That was going to be the fundraiser since Maggie came here, and it makes all of us really realize and appreciate how much we have when there are situations like that," said Bronson. "She has a sibling that needs special care, and I think it's great that everybody has embraced Cure for Kirby. Not just our team, but the athletic department and all of the other student-athletes have jumped to help make that a successful event and fundraiser for the family."
Marquette returns to play on April 17 and 18 in Notre Dame, Ind. against DePaul and Notre Dame before the BIG EAST Tournament, hosted by the Fighting Irish.
Marquette 5, Rutgers 2
1. Wilson/Fischer (MARQ) def. No. 61 Zhang/Holzberg (RU) 8-5
2. Calderon/G. Hush (MARQ) def. Arlak/Tran (RU) 8-6
3. Ruiz/Barry (MARQ) def. Baker/Milchutsky (RU) 8-1
1. Zhang (RU) def. Calderon (MARQ) 6-1, 7-5
2. Fischer (MARQ) def. Holzberg (RU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Barry (MU) def. Arlak (RU) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
4. Mitchutsky (RU) def. Ruiz (MARQ) 7-6 (4), 2-2 retired
5. G. Hush (MARQ) def. Baker (RU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Strother (MARQ) def. Green (RU) 6-3, 6-4
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