April 27, 2009
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette women's tennis team recognized six individuals for their respective efforts during the 2008-09 campaign at the team's annual award banquet Sunday night.
Senior Robin Metzler earned the Most Valuable Player award following her best season as a Golden Eagle. Metzler recorded a team-high 17 singles wins, all in dual action. She posted a 20-11 doubles record, partnering with Paola Calderon, Rachael Hush, Christina Ruiz, and Olga Fischer over the course of the season. Metzler departs Marquette with overall records of 47-45 in singles play and 34-31 in doubles action.
Sophomore Rachael Hush received the team's Dedication Award Sunday night after battling through an injury-filed season. The Wichita, Kan. native finished the 2008-09 campaign 8-12 in spring singles action, and boasted a 16-10 overall doubles record. Hush paired with her sister and teammate Gillian Hush at the No. 3 doubles position for most of spring play, tallying a 14-5 record.
Newcomer Olga Fischer was named the Golden Eagles' Most Improved Player following her first season at the collegiate level. She ended the season with a 16-10 singles record and 6-2 doubles record. Fischer carried a ten match winning streak in singles play during the season.
The Sportsmanship Award went to sophomore Christina Ruiz. She tallied five singles wins and 17 doubles wins over the fall and spring seasons. Ruiz earned most of her doubles wins with senior Robin Metzler, combining for a 12-6 overall record including 4-0 from the No. 1 spot.
Junior Elly Strother and freshman Gillian Hush shared the Unsung Heroes award. Strother tallied a 6-1 spring singles record, including undefeated records from the No. 4 and No. 5 positions. Gillian Hush recorded a 14-8 overall record in her first season as a Golden Eagle, including an 11-4 dual mark. The freshman also combined with her teammates for a 23-11 overall doubles record as she paired with Maggie Wilson, Paola Calderon, Rachael Hush and Olga Fischer during the season.
The Golden Eagles finished with a 17-10 overall record in 2008-09 and claimed sixth place in the BIG EAST Conference Championships. Marquette also jumped into the national rankings for the first time since the 1999-2000 season after the Golden Eagles upset No. 42 Louisville in early February to enter the Intercollegiate Tennis Association polls at No. 73. Head coach Jody Bronson inked her name in the record books as her 299 career wins over 24 seasons place her as the all-time wins leader across all sports at Marquette.