Men's Tennis
MU Drops Tough 4-3 Loss To No. 68 USF In BIG EAST Finale

Gleb Sklyr and James Stark clinched the doubles point for MU vs. USF.

Gleb Sklyr and James Stark clinched the doubles point for MU vs. USF.

April 21, 2013

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The Marquette University men’s tennis team (14-13) concluded its 2012-13 campaign with a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to No. 68 USF (12-10) Sunday afternoon in the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Championship third-place match in South Bend, Ind.

The Golden Eagles, seeded No. 4 in the nine-team field, defeated Georgetown 4-0 on Friday afternoon before falling to No. 28 Notre Dame Saturday afternoon in the semifinals. The Fighting Irish, who hosted the tourney, claimed the championship Sunday morning with a 4-0 win over Louisville.

MU officially finishes fourth in the championship, matching the program’s best-ever finish. The program also finished fourth in 2005-06, the team’s first year in the BIG EAST.

Marquette opened the match by claiming the doubles point in thrilling fashion, clinching at the No. 3 position. Sophomore James Stark and freshman Gleb Sklyr jumped out to a commanding 7-2 advantage, but were forced to clinch the match 9-8 (7-2) after a furious USF rally. MU’s No. 2 tandem of junior Logon Collins and sophomore Cameron Tehrani posted an 8-2 decision at No. 2 to force the deciding third contest.

The Bulls moved ahead 3-1 in singles competition before freshman Javier Varela Hernani posted a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory at the No. 6 position. The singles action was the first for Varela Hernani since April 6.

Sophomore Vukasin Teofanovic posted a tough 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles, but the Golden Eagles were unable to find the necessary fourth point for the team victory. The contest came down to No. 3 singles and Collins was unable to force a tiebreaker in the deciding third set, falling to USF’s Federico Sabogal.



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