MU Will Host Bowling Green Friday
Feb. 3, 2015
MILWAUKEE –The Marquette University women’s tennis team (4-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) is off to its best dual play start in more than 20 years and will try to extend its winning streak when it hosts Bowling Green (0-2, 0-0 MAC) on Friday, Feb. 6. The first serve is set for 4 p.m. Central time at Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
The last time the Golden Eagles started 4-0 was the 1991-92 season, when the team went on to finish 16-4 and win the Great Midwest conference (now Conference USA).
Marquette is coming off its first sweep of the season, having handled Green Bay 7-0 last Saturday, Jan. 31. Earlier that same day, the Golden Eagles defeated UIC 6-1 in the first half of their double-header.
MU is 11-0 overall in doubles play since starting dual play, and four of the team’s seven players have unblemished singles records. Leading the way is senior Ana Pimienta, who is 4-0 in No. 1 singles play and 4-0 in No. 1 doubles play alongside junior Erin Gebes this season. As a team, the Golden Eagles have only dropped three total points all season.
Bowling Green did not compete last weekend, as their match at Michigan State was postponed due to inclement weather. The Falcons suffered a pair of defeats the weekend before that, dropping a 6-1 decision against Detroit on Friday, Jan. 23, and getting swept by Youngstown State on Sunday, Jan. 25.
If Marquette is victorious on Friday, the team will move to 5-0 for the first time since the 1990-91 season, when the Golden Eagles won their first nine matches and finished the year 15-10, good for second place in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference (now the Horizon League).
After facing Bowling Green, Marquette will travel to Madison, Wisconsin, on Sunday, Feb. 8, to take on the Wisconsin Badgers (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten) at 10 a.m. Central time.
Wisconsin earned its first win of the dual play season last weekend with a 5-2 defeat of Eastern Michigan. It was the first time in 2015 that the Badgers played with a full lineup, as two of their seven players were out with injury against Drake a week earlier. As a result, Wisconsin had to forfeit the No. 6 singles point and ended up falling 4-3 to the Bulldogs.
Following this weekend’s action, the Golden Eagles will travel to Indiana and Illinois for matches next Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
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