Women's Tennis Closes Out Home Schedule Against St. John's and Wright State Saturday

March 27, 2009

MILWAUKEE - The No. 69 Marquette women's tennis team will host St. John's and Wright State on Sat., March 28 in the last homestand of the season. Doubles play against BIG EAST foe St. John's begins at 9 a.m., while action against Wright State is slated to start at 5 p.m. at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium. Senior Robin Metzler will be honored in a pre-game ceremony prior to the match against Wright State.

With her next victory, head coach Jody Bronson will be the all-time leader in wins in Marquette history across all sports. In 24 seasons at Marquette, she has accumulated a career record of 295-264.

The Golden Eagles (13-6), fresh off a 4-3 upset of No. 56 Western Michigan, enter the weekend winning three of their last four matches. Ranked at a season-high No. 69, Bronson's squad was ranked No. 73 earlier this season after a nine year hiatus in national rankings. Freshman Olga Fischer leads the team with 14 singles wins, all in dual action. Junior Elly Strother has won five singles matches in a row, including three from the No. 5 position. The doubles pairs of sophomore Rachael Hush and freshman Gillian Hush (9-3) and senior Robin Metzler and sophomore Christina Ruiz (8-4) have tallied the most doubles wins this season.

St. John's (3-7, 2-1 BIG EAST) has tallied wins against BIG EAST counterparts Villanova and Georgetown after falling at Pittsburgh in the second match of the season. Led by junior Ira Aleksova (5-5) with five wins, and sophomore Jenny Yonkus (4-5) and freshman Joanna Zwirbulis (4-6) with four wins apiece, the Red Storm have posted the most victories from the No. 5 and 6 singles positions. Last season, Marquette tallied a 4-1 victory over the Red Storm at the BIG EAST Tournament in Tampa, Fla.



Wright State (1-11, 0-2 Horizon) will travel to Marquette for the first ever meeting between the two programs. The Raiders have yet to capture a road win on the season, combining for an 0-8 record away from Dayton, Ohio.

Freshman Masha Peresetsky and sophomore Kenisha Webb lead the team in singles wins, with four apiece. The Raiders have yet to win a point at the No. 5 singles position, and have tallied two combined wins at the Nos. 4 and 6 spots.


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