Illini junior Megan Fudge was undefeated in singles and won a pair of doubles en route to Illinois' back-to-back wins over Ohio State and Penn State.
April 14, 2009
PARK RIDGE, Ill. - Illinois junior Megan Fudge of the No. 36 Illinois women's tennis team was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the week ending April 12, the conference office announced on Tuesday. Fudge led the Illini charge this weekend, launching the Illini into a tie for second place in the Big Ten, with two key conference wins over Ohio State and Penn State.
Fudge went 3-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles over the course of the week.
The Illini junior began the week with an upset win over 35th-ranked Kelcy Tefft of No. 4 Notre Dame. The 108th-ranked Fudge was almost unstoppable in her comeback in the second and third sets at No. 1 singles, taking the match 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11-9) for the victory. Fudge notched another win in No. 36-ranked Illinois' hard-fought, 5-2 triumph over the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Kaarst, Germany native battled hard at No.1 singles, pulling through for a 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over Ohio State's Kirsten Flower. Fudge rounded out the week with a dominating straight sets' 6-2, 6-1 win over Penn State's Denisa Zobeideh at No. 2 singles. The victory over Zobeideh was Fudge's 25th overall singles victory of the season, the most wins she has recorded in a single season at Illinois in her career. In dual matches, Fudge is 19-2.
Fudge and the Illini conclude the regular season at home this weekend as they welcome Michigan State (4/18) and Michigan (4/19) into town. Illinois will honor lone senior Shivani Davé before Sunday's match against the Wolverines. First serve at both matches is set for 12 p.m. CT.