Marquette Closes Out Regular Season Campaign Over Stetson, 4-3

April 13, 2009

The Marquette women's tennis team captured a 4-3 win over Stetson on Monday afternoon in DeLand, Fla. With the victory, the Golden Eagles move to 16-8 on the season. The Stetson Hatters fall to 13-7.

The Golden Eagles opened the match claiming the doubles point, with an 8-2 win by Rachael and Gillian Hush. Robin Metzler and Christina Ruiz then battled with Hatters Breanna Atkinson and Katherine Nowicki to capture the definitive doubles point, 8-6.

To open singles competition, Metzler swept the first set, 6-0, and played Katherine St. Clair close until Metzler pulled out the 6-3 victory and the point from No. 6 singles. Shannon Gunning then defeated Rachael Hush, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 5 singles spot.

With a 2-1 Marquette advantage, Paola Calderon tallied a 7-5, 6-0 win over Valentina Galbarini at the No. 1 singles position to put the Golden Eagles ahead 3-1.

Kylie Moore swept Nowicki in their first set, 6-0, but Nowicki came back strong in the second set from No. 4 to win 6-4. Moore and Nowicki traded points until Moore earned a 7-6 victory to secure the match point for the Golden Eagles.

Atkinson and Olga Fischer went three sets, but Atkinson prevailed to earn the point from No. 2 singles. At the No. 3 singles position, Stetson's Unnati Purushotham defeated Christina Ruiz, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

With the win, head coach Jody Bronson is two career victories shy of 300.

The Golden Eagles will be in action at the BIG EAST Conference Championships in Tampa, Fla. Both Marquette tennis teams earned No. 4 seeds, with Bronson's squad taking on the winner of No. 5 Rutgers and No. 12 Connecticut at 11 a.m. on Friday.




Marquette 4, Stetson 3


Singles competition

1. Calderon, Paola (MARQ) def. Valentina Galbarini (STET) 7-5, 6-0

2. Breanna Atkinson (STET) def. Fischer, Olga (MARQ) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

3. Unnati Purushotham (STET) def. Ruiz, Christina (MARQ) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

4. Moore, Kylie (MARQ) def. Katherine Nowicki (STET) 6-0, 4-6, 7-6

5. Shannon Gunning (STET) def. Hush, Rachael (MARQ) 6-3, 6-2

6. Metzler, Robin (MARQ) def. Katherine St. Clair (STET) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Valentina Galbarini/Unnati Purushotham (STET) def. Calderon, Paola/Moore, Kylie (MARQ) 8-2

2. Metzler, Robin/Ruiz, Christina (MARQ) def. Breanna Atkinson/Katherine Nowicki (STET) 8-6

3. Hush, Gillian/Hush, Rachael (MARQ) def. Katherine St. Clair/Shannon Gunning (STET) 8-3

Order of singles finishes: 6, 5, 1, 4, 2, 3


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