April 14, 2009
Athlete of the Week:
Megan Fudge, Illinois
Junior - Kaarst, Germany - Millfield School
Illinois' Megan Fudge went 3-0 in singles on the week and 2-1 in doubles, leading her squad to a pair of wins over Big Ten foes and launching the Illini into a tie for second place in the conference standings. 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.
Last Illinois Athlete of the Week: Megan Fudge (April 16, 2008)