Golden Eagles Fall 6-1 To No. 31 Wisconsin Tuesday Night
Jan. 27, 2009
The Marquette University men's tennis team (4-1) dropped its first dual match of the season Tuesday night at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium, falling to No. 31 Wisconsin (5-0), 6-1, in non-conference action.
The matchup, which concluded a five-match homestand, marked the first time this season the Golden Eagles had dropped a decision in singles or doubles action. Mo< Marquette quickly claimed a pair of first sets in singles play, but was unable to maintain the momentum. Freshman Jonathan Schwerin fell 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6 and senior Stephen Shao was defeated 6-2, 7-5 at No. 3 by UW's Luke Rassow-Kantor to give Wisconsin a quick 3-0 advantage.
A 6-3, 7-5 win by junior Mark Rutherford at No. 4 got MU on the board, but a Wisconsin victory at the No. 5 slot by Michael Dierberger sealed the visitor's win. Wisconsin claimed the valuable doubles point by sweeping three very close matches. The duo of Marrack/Dierberger downed MU's Kakar/Medan 8-5 at the No. 3 position to open play. The regionally ranked Badger duo of Baumann/Michalicka earned a hard-fought 9-8 decision at the No. 1 spot, defeating the Golden Eagles' squad of Hagan/Shao to begin with a quick 1-0 advantage. The Wisconsin squad is currently ranked ninth in the Midwest Region.
The Golden Eagles played without the services of junior Niko Boulieris, who missed the match because of illness. The Lake Forest, Ill., native is 12-5 on the year, including a 4-0 singles mark in dual match action.
Marquette hits the road for the first time in dual competition when the team travels to Minnesota on Jan. 30.
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