Jan. 24, 2010
The Marquette women's tennis team won its third consecutive match to open the season, tallying a 5-2 win over Louisville Sunday morning.
Head coach Jody Bronson's squad jumped out to an early led, sweeping the doubles point. Paola Calderon and Olga Fischer earned the first doubles win at No. 2 for the Golden Eagles, 8-6. Gillian Hush and Kelly Barry cemented the doubles point, defeating Sarah Miller and Kaysara Mandry, 9-7. Juniors Rachael Hush and Christina Ruiz rounded out the doubles action with a 8-4 win from the top position.
"I was really proud of our kids, because in our doubles matches it was close, we struggled and it was a matter of trying to follow through on what we're trying to focus on," said Bronson. "Singles we started down in a lot of matches. There's so much pressure in conference matches and I thought our kids just responded so well."
Marquette earned the match victory as its first three players tallied wins over the Cardinals. At the No. 2 spot, Fischer was the first to finish for the Golden Eagles, 6-3, 6-2, over Amelia Harris. Gillian Hush earned a 6-3, 6-1 win over Stefanie Villajuan at the No. 6 singles spot, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the second set before pulling away with the point.
Ruiz tallied the fourth and decisive point of the match for Marquette, capturing the first set over Ashley Irvin, 6-4, and playing a close match in the second set, at 3-2, before going on a three point run to win the point.
Rachael Hush fell in the first set to Mandry before retiring midway into the second set. Louisville's Mandy Brown had a convincing first set over Barry, 6-1, before Barry started strong in the second set. The freshman jumped out to a 5-2 lead before surrendering the next five points to Brown.
Calderon was handed a close loss by Miller in the first set before rebounding to even the score with a 6-2 win in the second set. In the lone third set on Sunday, the sophomore barreled through to earn an unblemished 6-0 set.
"We have to fight for every single point. We can't let anybody have something they don't earn. If there's anything they know, it's that they have to come out here and battle, battle, battle," said Bronson.
The Golden Eagles are in action next Saturday in Bloomington, Indiana, where Marquette faces Indiana at 8:30 a.m. and IUPUI at 2 p.m.
Marquette 5, Louisville 2
1. Rachael Hush/Christina Ruiz (MARQ) def. Amelia Harris/Stefanie Villajuan (UL) 8-4
2. Paola Calderon/Olga Fischer (MARQ) def. Louise Noe/Mandy Brown (UL) 8-6
3. Gillian Hush/Kelly Barry (MARQ) def. Sarah Miller/Kaysara Mandry (UL) 9-7
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Calderon (MARQ) def. Miller (UL) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
2. Fischer (MARQ) def. Harris (UL) 6-3, 6-2
3. Brown (UL) def. Barry (MARQ) 6-1, 5-7
4. Mandry (UL) def. R. Hush (MARQ) 6-7 (4), 2-3 retired
5. Ruiz (MARQ) def. Irvin (UL) 6-4, 6-2
6. G. Hush (MARQ) def. Villajuan (UL) 6-3, 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 6, 5, 4, 3, 1