MU bounces back vs. 49ers

The women's tennis team returned home from a weekend trip to North Carolina, facing both North Carolina and Charlotte, with both a win and a loss, bringing its record to 3-2.

The weekend started off with a match-up against No. 10 North Carolina Saturday afternoon, with the Tar Heels taking the match 7-0. The Tar Heels started things off strong, sweeping Marquette for the doubles point, with the 41st ranked doubles team of Aniela Mojzis and Kendall Cline leading the way.

Mojzis and Cline defeated the Golden Eagle team of seniors Veronica Briseno and Genevieve Charron 8-1. Mojzis, of South Africa, is the sister of former Marquette tennis players Peter and Michelle Mojzis.

In second doubles freshmen Callan Smith and Dominika Dabrowski fell 8-5 to Lee Bairos and Jenna Long. Smith and Dabrowski were moved up to second doubles for the first time this season. Sophomore Kristin Minkowski was added into the line-up over the weekend for her first match of the duel season, pairing up with senior Annabelle Espinosa. The duo, playing at third doubles, fell to the Tar Heels team of Sara Anundsen and Caitlin Collins, 8-1.

The Golden Eagles were unable to fight back and fell in singles play as well. North Carolina swept all six matches. In the No. 1 spot, Briseno was defeated by Mojzis, who is ranked 34th in the country, 6-2, 6-1.

Charron was defeated by Bairos 6-3, 6-2 in a match that played out for two hours. Although she lost, head coach Jody Bronson said she played really well and stayed focused throughout the match.

In fifth singles, freshman Andrea Bukacek made her first appearance in the dual season. However she was unable to come out on top, falling 6-1, 6-0 to Long.

"Our performance on Saturday was better than Sunday, even though we lost," Bronson said. "They stepped on the court ready to compete."

Despite Saturday's loss, the Golden Eagles came back Sunday, defeating the Charlotte 49ers 6-1. Briseno and Charron came off of Saturday's loss with solid play, winning their match 8-5 against Charlotte's Laura Swain and Ashleigh Murray.

Senior Francina Bonnelly, who did not compete on Saturday, and Espinosa defeated Charlotte's Marilyn Clark and Jennifer Hatch in third doubles to secure the doubles point for the Golden Eagles.

The Golden Eagles will continue their fourth in a series of road matches Saturday against Iowa.