Marquette Falls 4-3 To Pacific In Road Trip Opener
March 5, 2010
Las Vegas, Nevada -
The No. 70 Marquette University men's tennis team (11-1) saw its 11-match winning streak come to an end with a tough 4-3 loss to Pacific (3-4) Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Golden Eagles, who will conclude the year with 11-straight road matches, were competing outside for the first time all season.
“It was a hard-fought match by both teams,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “We came out of the gates slowly in singles, but were able to battle back. We started to gain some momentum and let it slip away at the end.”
Marquette continued its strong play in doubles, claiming the valuable point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. The tandem of senior Dusan Medan and freshman Jacob Straus claimed an 8-6 win at the top spot and senior Niko Boulieris and freshman Otavio Perim posted a hard-fought 9-8 decision at No. 3.
The Golden Eagles are now a combined 33-3 overall in dual match doubles competition. Perim and sophomore Jonathan Schwerin claimed singles victories at the bottom two spots in the lineup, but Pacific managed to earn wins at the four other positions to earn the team victory. Both of the players rallied after dropping the first set. Perim downed Karl-Erik Paaro at No. 5 and Schwerin did the same to Vegerd Veskimagi at No. 6.
MU was without the services of Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley, who missed the match due to injury.
The Golden Eagles continue their weekend road trip against Hawai’I Saturday at 12 p.m. CT in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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