Marquette Drops Narrow 4-3 Decision To DePaul
April 21, 2017
The Marquette University men’s tennis team (13-7) dropped a tough 4-3 decision to DePaul (14-9) Friday night at Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
The loss was the first of the year at home for Marquette, which had claimed its first eight outings on campus.
MU opened the match by claiming the doubles point in impressive fashion. The tandem of Alvaro Verdu and Nick Dykema cruised to a 6-0 win at No. 1 and the duo of Kristiyan Trukov and Brett Meyers posted a 6-1 decision at No. 2.
DePaul moved ahead 2-1 with a pair of singles victories, but freshman Luke Smrek got MU on the board with a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Tim Corwin at the No. 2 spot. The teams would trade wins, setting up the match-clinching contest between Verdu and DePaul’s Nathan de Veer at No. 1. Verdu dropped the first set, before mounting a dramatic rally in set two (7-6).
de Veer took advantage of an early break in the third set, however, and pulled away from Verdu to help the Blue Demons claim the narrow victory.
The Golden Eagles wrap up the regular season at 9 a.m. CT on Sunday morning when the team hosts Youngstown State.
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