This past weekend the Marquette Women’s Tennis team opened up dual play with two matches against instate rivals, Wisconsin and Green Bay, at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium. The team is very young with six of the seven members being underclassmen and the lone senior being Paula Tormos Sanchez. With the team only having seven members, it did not help to have the injury bug hit the team either. Going into dual play, the Golden Eagles were left with 5 players with Fluer Eggink and Lesley Foe being out with injuries. Luckily, the team Instagram posted a video of Eggink back out on the court on Tuesday, so hopefully she returns soon.
I want to give a shoutout to men’s tennis player Greg Anderson for explaining to me how dual play in college tennis works, as this article would not be written without his help. From Greg to me to you: Each dual starts out with three doubles matches whichever school wins two out of the three matches gets the “doubles point.” After doubles play concludes, there are six singles matches each worth one team point each. It is actually pretty easy to understand once it is explained.
On Friday, the Golden Eagles took on the Badgers from that weird school in Madison that only has three wins in the Big Ten men’s basketball conference. Unfortunately, the women’s tennis team is a lot better than the basketball team. With injuries affecting Marquette, the team could only play in two doubles matches and had to forfeit the third. Milica Novakovic doubled up with Andrea Amortegui and lost to a tough Badger pair 6-1. Paula Tormos Sanchez teamed up with freshman Natalija Popovic and were leading 4-2 until Novakovic and Amortegui dropped their match giving the Badgers the doubles point. Since MU had forfeited one match, there was no point continuing the third when UW had already clinched the second and thus the doubles point. In singles play, both Novakovic and Amortegui came out firing and won their singles matches. Novakovic won 6-3, 6-1 while Amortegui battled to win 6-4, 7-5. Paula Tormos Sanchez battled an incredible Badger freshman in Lexi Keberle, but lost 6-3, 6-4. Natalija Popovic also battled a tough opponent, but lost 3-6, 6-0, 4-6. Isabella Franks dropped her match 6-3, 6-3. With all that happening the Badgers took the dual by the score of 5-2.
On Sunday, the Golden Eagles took on another instate opponent in UW-Green Bay. The Golden Eagles had their foot on the gas the entire time with everyone winning their matches and losing just 10 games the entire match. It might not sound impressive, but remember: You need to win at least 60 games to secure a team win. In doubles play, Paula Tormos Sanchez and Natalija Popovic won 6-2 while Novakovic and Amortegui won 6-1. In singles, Tormos Sanchez won 6-2, 6-1 and Popovic won 6-1, 6-1. Novakovic cruised to an easy 6-0, 6-0 victory while Amortegui won 6-1, 6-0. Isabella Franks also won her match 6-1, 6-0. With Fleur Eggink returning, Franks should soon be able to get her doubles partner back and the Golden Eagles will be able to return to full strength on the court.
The team returns to action this Saturday against the Hoosiers of Indiana in Bloomington. Also, the men’s team plays this Thursday against East Tennessee St. I have been lacking on the men’s coverage this year, that’s my bad I’m just learning about college tennis, but expect more men’s coverage soon.