Women's Tennis Opens Dual Season Monday
Jan. 18, 2009
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's tennis team will open its spring dual season on Monday, Jan. 19, at Helfaer Tennis Stadium. Play begins against Illinois-Chicago at 11 a.m. and continues against UW-Milwaukee at 4 p.m.
The Golden Eagles return to action following a successful fall season which saw four Golden Eagles compete at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championship including senior Robin Metzler, sophomores Christina Ruiz and Rachael Hush, and freshman Paola Calderon.
With a fifth place finish at the 2008 BIG EAST Tournament capping the team's first winning season in eight years, the Golden Eagles have the potential to be a deep and dangerous squad this season. Head coach Jody Bronson, in her 24th season at Marquette, returns senior Robin Metzler, juniors Kylie Moore, Elly Strother and Maggie Wilson, and sophomores Rachael Hush and Christina Ruiz along with highly touted newcomers Gillian Hush and Paola Calderon.
The reigning Horizon League champions, Illinois-Chicago returns after an NCAA Tournament appearance a season ago, their tenth consecutive bid. UIC fell to No. 1 Northwestern in the first round, ending their season with a 16-6 dual record.
The Flames are led by sophomore Ilinca Cristescu, the 2008 Horizon League Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, and an All-Horizon League First Team selection. The Illinois native went 21-11 overall last season and tallied a 15-7 singles record in dual matches. Junior Kristen McPhillips joined Cristescu on the All-Horizon League First Team after a 17-3 singles season in dual play.
In UWM's and MU's last meeting in 2008, the Golden Eagles swept the Panthers, 7-0. Marquette outscored Milwaukee 79-30 in singles play, and surrendered just one point, 8-0, 8-1, 8-0, over all three doubles matches.
UWM is led by All-Horizon League Second Team selection Kelly Drvaric and sophomore Jenna Felsher, the duo had overall records of 16-21 and 14-12 last season, respectively. Drvaric led the team with 19 doubles wins last spring, 17 of which were won with sophomore Kari Kastenholz.
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