Marquette Drops Tough 4-3 Decision At No. 16 San Diego
March 15, 2012
The Marquette University men’s tennis team (6-8) opened play at the 2012 Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Spring Classic with a tough 4-3 loss to No. 16 San Diego (8-4), which is hosting the eight-team event.
The Golden Eagles, who have faced four nationally ranked opponents already this season, have now dropped three-straight 4-3 decisions in dual-match play. Marquette will continue tournament action Friday morning against UC-Irvine and will play two matches on the day because of weather concerns in the area.
“Really tough match today and I have to give San Diego a lot of credit, because we had them against the ropes but just couldn't get the fourth point,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “To come into a team that is ranked 16th in the country playing on its home court was a great effort by our guys, but it doesn't make the loss feel any better.”
San Diego opened the match by claiming the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. The top half of USD’s lineup features three nationally ranked players and victories at each of those three spots proved to be the difference in the match. Marquette’s Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley and Dan Mamalat were both able to claim first-set wins in their respective matches, but No. 106 Patrick Pohlmann and No. 60 Nikola Bubnic were both able to rally for victories.
No. 111 Thibaut Visy clinched the victory for San Diego with a 7-6, 6-2 win over MU’s Logon Collins at the No. 3 spot.
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