March 29, 2016
MILWAUKEE- The Marquette University women's tennis team is set to open its final homestand of the season, as the squad continues its BIG EAST schedule and welcomes Creighton to the Helfaer Tennis Stadium for a 6 p.m. Central time match on Friday, April 1.
The Golden Eagles (9-5) enter the contest with the Bluejays after pulling off a narrow, 4-3 victory over Florida Atlantic in the final leg of their spring break trip to Boca Raton, Florida.
In the matchup with the Owls, Marquette asserted themselves early by dominating doubles competition. The pair of Silvia Ambrosio and Erin Gebes took a 6-3 victory at the No. 1 spot, and the duo of Diana Tokar and Paula Tormos Sanchez followed suit and earned a 6-3 win at the No. 2. MU was also able to execute head coach Jody Bronson's game plan on the singles side, as Ambrosio was able to clinch her seventh consecutive triumph at the No. 1 court, while Tormos Sanchez helped seal MU's victory by winning her match on court four.
After her seventh straight victory, Ambrosio's record at the No. 1 spot improved to 9-5, while teammate Erin Gebes holds an identical 9-5 record at the No. 2. The No. 4 and No. 5 have been crucial for MU all season, as the squad has accumulated 11-3 records at each spot, with Tormos-Sanchez (9-2) and Aleeza Kanner (9-1) leading the way at their respective positions.
Creighton (7-6) comes into the matchup with MU after falling to South Dakota in their most recent contest by the score of 5-2. CU is paced by Freshman Ashley Ishimura, who has put together an impressive rookie season and owns a 10-3 mark at the No. 1. Senior Sam Anderson has also played a big role for Creighton, as the Thompson, N.D., native has won eight of her last ten matches, splitting time between No. 4 and No. 5.
Following Friday's tilt with Creighton, MU will conclude its home schedule on Sunday April 3, with a 1 p.m. showdown against Xavier at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium. Seniors Gebes and Kanner will be honored with a pregame ceremony, and all students in attendance can enjoy a free Broken Yolk brunch during the match.