Marquette Falls 4-1 To No. 28 Notre Dame In BIG EAST Semifinals
April 20, 2013
The Marquette University men’s tennis team (14-12) saw its main draw run come to an end Saturday morning with a 4-1 loss to No. 28 and top seed Notre Dame (18-7) at the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Championship in South Bend, Ind.
The Golden Eagles (No. 4 seed), who advanced to the semifinals with a 4-0 win over Georgetown on Friday, will now face the loser of the Louisville-USF match for third place on Sunday.
MU has already assured itself of at least matching the program’s best-ever finish (fourth) since the squad joined the BIG EAST in 2005-06.
In postseason play, the first team to claim four points is the winner and all other matches still in progress are stopped.
MU saw the Fighting Irish claim the valuable doubles point following a slim 9-7 victory at the No. 2 position. Marquette’s Logon Collins and Cameron Tehrani were unable to pull away midway through the matchup and eventually fell to the UND duo of Spencer Talmadge and Ryan Bandy. Junior Dan Mamalat and sophomore Vukasin Teofanovic posted an impressive 8-4 win at the No. 1 spot.
Notre Dame carried over its momentum to singles play and captured the three wins needed for the team victory. Tehrani was able to post a 6-4, 6-3 over Notre Dame’s Billy Pecor at No. 4 singles to claim MU’s lone point for the match. Collins had also claimed the first set at the No. 3 position.