Marquette Downs Rival DePaul 5-2 Friday Night At Home
April 12, 2013
The Marquette University men’s tennis team (12-11) continued its four-match homestand Friday night with a 5-2 victory over rival DePaul at Tennis Stadium.
The Golden Eagles are now 10-3 at home this season and have won three-straight matches and four of the last five outings overall.
MU opened the match by claiming the doubles point, winning at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Freshman Gleb Sklyr and sophomore James Stark were the first to finish with an 8-5 decision and the top duo of junior Dan Mamalat and sophomore Vukasin Teofanovic clinched the point with a hard-fought 9-7 victory. The Golden Eagle tandem had two match points prior to the final game, but saw DePaul stay alive with three service aces.
Teofanovic picked up his fifth-straight singles win with an impressive 7-6, 6-3 win over DePaul’s Mathias Hambach. The Novi Sad, Serbia, native is now 13-8 in dual competition this year, with all of the action coming at the No. 2 spot.
After a pair of wins by the Blue Demons at the bottom two positions, Mamalat put Marquette ahead 3-2 with a 7-6, 6-4 victory at No. 1. He was able to break the dominant serve of DPU’s Filip Dzanko in the second set and pull away for the win.
Sophomore Cameron Tehrani secured the team victory with a dramatic 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over DePaul’s Jan-Willem Feilzer at the No. 4 position. The Paradise Valley, Ariz., native converted on his third match point attempt, dropping a lob shot over the head of Feilzer that just caught the baseline in the final set.
“We had basically just been banging the ball back and forth the entire match,” Tehrani said. “I think the last shot caught him off guard and thankfully dropped in and caught the line.”
The Golden Eagles conclude the regular season Sunday at 11 a.m. when the squad hosts Wright State. MU will learn its seed and opponent in the upcoming BIG EAST Conference Championship on Monday afternoon.