Marquette Advances To BIG EAST Semis With Win Over Georgetown
April 19, 2013
The No. 4 seed Marquette University men’s tennis team (14-11) opened play at the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Championship with a 4-0 victory over No. 5 Georgetown Friday afternoon at the South Bend Racquet Club.
Because of inclement weather, the nine-team event has been forced indoors for the first two days of the tournament. Cold temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend, with the championship match slated for Sunday morning.
Marquette advances to the semifinals to face top seed and tournament host No. 28 Notre Dame at 8 a.m. CT on Saturday morning, most likely at Eck Tennis Pavilion. MU has already assured itself of at the very least matching its best-ever BIG EAST tourney finish since joining the league in 2005-06.
The Golden Eagles dropped a 7-0 decision to the Fighting Irish in the dual opener in South Bend, Ind., on Jan. 19.
Marquette opened the match by claiming the doubles point. The MU tandems at the No. 1 and 3 positions were both able to jump out to quick 5-1 advantages and didn’t look back. Sophomore James Stark and freshman Gleb Sklyr were the first team to finish, posting an 8-5 victory and junior Dan Mamalat and sophomore Vukasin Teofanovic followed suit win at 8-5 decision at No. 1.
Mamalat cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles and teammates Teofanovic and Logon Collins followed with straight-set victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, respectively.
In postseason play, the match concludes when one team has claimed the necessary four points.