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8-1 Wolverines to test Eagles

Following a week on the road in California, the women's tennis team returns home to take on No. 17 Michigan Saturday at noon at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium.

The Wolverines are currently 7-1 in duel matches, taking their first loss March 14 to No. 37 Alabama. Not only do the Wolverines hold a national ranking, they also boast two ranked singles players, No. 99 Michelle DeCosta and No. 67 Elizabeth Exon, as well as two ranked doubles teams, No. 43 DeCosta and Kara Delicata and No. 36 Kim Plaushines and Debra Streifler.

The Wolverines will greet the Golden Eagles after hosting Western Michigan Wednesday. [UPDATE THIS SENTENCE WITH RESULTS OF MATCH WHEN IT HAPPENS]

Head coach Jody Bronson said the Wolverines are a team that will not make any unforced errors. However, Bronson said she knows Michigan head coach Bitsy Ritt well and knows what to expect from the team.

Bronson said that a specific challenge cannot be pinpointed for the match against the Wolverines.

"Everybody we've played is a challenge," she said. "It's more us than them."

Michigan is a solid team and the Golden Eagles will need to be able to read the Wolverines' shots, according to Bronson.

"You've got to be able to change your mind based on what you are seeing on the other side of the court," Bronson said. "And that will help to take some of the edge off aggressive teams."

Marquette (3-9) enters the meet coming off two losses over spring break to No. 26 Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount, 7-0 and 5-2, respectively.

The Golden Eagles captured the doubles point from Marymount, their first doubles point since taking it from Illinois-Chicago on Feb. 1.

Although they were unable to take the doubles point against Pepperdine, Bronson said the doubles teams played strongly against their ranked opponents.

"Our doubles teams were in the match," Bronson said. "Number one (seniors Veronica Garcia Briseno and Eva Trujillo Herrera) went up 4-1 — they came in strong even though they ended up losing. We mixed up the shots better and they didn't know if we were going to lob them or keep the ball cross court."

Despite the success of a once again rearranged set of doubles teams last week, the doubles teams for Saturday's match are not set, Bronson said.

During practice this week the team will work on ironing out the lineup for Saturday.

"I'm looking to see who is playing hard and who wants it," Bronson said. "I want to see a battle every day at practice. If I see a battle every day, then I know we can play any team. You have to be there every day — you don't save yourself."

The team will continue to work on its doubles game, she said.

"It's all about playing smart," Bronson said. "It is such a strategy game — more strategy than is needed in singles. You need to be more accurate and recognize where the other players are going."

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