MU Drops Tough 4-3 Loss To No. 68 USF In BIG EAST Finale
April 21, 2013
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.