Golden Eagles Prepare For BIG EAST Tournament

April 25, 2017

MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s tennis team will travel to Cayce, S.C. as the No. 5 seed in the 2017 BIG EAST Tennis Championship, which will be played April 27-30 at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center.

The Golden Eagles (14-7) will open play on April 28 against No. 4 seeded Xavier (10-10) at 3 p.m. Central time.

Marquette fell earlier in the season at Xavier, 5-2, falling in a number of close matches. In doubles action, the Musketeers narrowly escaped two matches, winning the match by a single game. On the singles side, Xavier’s Sydney Liggins outlasted Silvia Ambrosio in three sets (6-4, 3-6, 6-1) to help XU to the victory.

Liggins has been the leader for the Musketeers this season, playing to an 18-11 record in singles action. Liggins has been joined at the top by Lauren Ghidotti, who has tallied an 18-10 record, including an 8-0 record from the No. 1 slot.

The Golden Eagles have been paced this year in singles play by the duo of Fleur Eggink and Paula Tormos Sanchez. Eggink has played to a 15-3 record (13-1 at the No. 4 slot) while Sanchez has recorded a 14-4 mark this season, including winning eight of her last ten singles contests.

On the doubles side, Sanchez has joined forces with Ambrosio to form a lethal doubles duo, ranked No. 72 by ITA, and playing to a 10-1 mark this season. Eggink has also excelled in doubles play, partnering with Diana Tokar to tally an 8-2 record from the No. 2 slot.

Seeds for the championship are determined by the conference’s tennis championship and coaches’ seeding advisory committees that review each squad’s regular season slate, as well as their ITA rankings and results against BIG EAST opponents.


 

 

On the women’s side, St. John’s earned the No. 1 seed, while DePaul was awarded the No. 2 seed.

The winner of the Marquette-Xavier match will be play either the No. 1/8/9 seed on April 29 at 11:30 a.m. CT, while the Championship will be held at 11: 30 p.m. CT on April 30.

Championship Schedule:

Thursday, April 27

  • 9 a.m.                Women’s Match #1 - #8 Creighton vs. #9 Butler (First Round)
  • 9 a.m.                Women’s Match #2 - #7 Villanova vs. #10 Providence (First Round)

 

Friday, April 28

  • 9 a.m.                Men’s Match #1 - #1 DePaul vs. #8 Creighton (Quarterfinals)
  • 9 a.m.                Men’s Match #2 - #2 St. John’s vs. #7 Georgetown (Quarterfinals)
  • 9 a.m.                Men’s Match #3 - #3 Butler vs. #6 Villanova (Quarterfinals)

 

  • 12:30 p.m.         Men’s Match #4 - #4 Xavier vs. #5 Marquette (Quarterfinals)
  • 12:30 p.m.         Women’s Match #3 - #1 St. John’s vs. Creighton/Butler(Quarterfinals)
  • 12:30 p.m.         Women’s Match #4 - #2 DePaul vs. Villanova/Providence (Quartersfinals)

 

  • 4 p.m.               Women’s Match #5 - #3 Georgetown vs. #6 Seton Hall (Quarterfinals)
  • 4 p.m.               Women’s Match #6 - #4 Xavier vs. #5 Marquette (Quarterfinals)
  • 4 p.m.                Women’s Match #7 – Match 1 Loser vs. Match 2 Loser*

 

Saturday, April 29

  • 9 a.m.                Men’s Match #5 – #1/8 winner vs. #4/5 winner (Semifinals)
  • 9 a.m.                Men’s Match #6 – #2/7 winner vs. #3/6 winner (Semifinals)

 

  • 12:30 p.m.         Women’s Match #8 - #1/8/9 winner vs. #4/5 winner (Semifinals)
  • 12:30 p.m.         Women’s Match #9 - #2/7/10 winner vs. #3/6 winner (Semifinals)
  • 12:30 p.m.          Men’s Match #7 – Match 2 Loser vs. Match 3 Loser*

 

  • 4 p.m.                Men’s Match #8 – Match 1 Loser vs. Match 4 Loser*
  • 4 p.m.                Women’s Match #10 – Match 3 Loser vs. Match 6 Loser*
  • 4 p.m.                Women’s Match #11 – Match 4 Loser vs. Match 5 Loser*

 

Sunday, April 30

  • 9 a.m.                Men’s Championship Match
  • 12:30 p.m.         Women’s Championship Match
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