Marquette Downs Creighton 4-2 For Semifinal Bid
April 24, 2015
The Marquette University men's tennis team (13-9) survived with a 4-2 victory Friday afternoon over Creighton in the 2015 BIG EAST Tournament Presented by New York Life in Indianapolis, Ind.
The second-seeded Golden Eagles advance to face No. 6 seed Georgetown in Saturday's quarterfinals. The match is slated to begin at 9 a.m., but poor weather in the area may force the time and location to be adjusted.
"I was really impressed with Creighton and the way the team competed today," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "They battled throughout the lineup and our guys were forced to respond, which fortunately they did."
Creighton opened the match by claiming the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Sophomore Nick Dykema and classmate Mackenzie Stearns got off to a quick start and were the first to finish, downing their Creighton opponents 8-3 at the No. 2 spot.
Senior Cameron Tehrani was the first MU player to secure a victory, downing Creighton's Aaron Chalstrom 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 3 spot. Junior Daniel Fernandez quickly followed with a straight-set win of his own at the No. 1 spot.
Sophomore Kristiyan Trukov pushed Marquette ahead 3-1 with a difficult 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4 singles, leaving the team one point short of advancing. Senior Vukasin Teofanovic took care of the team win, pushing past Creighton's Quinn Dippel 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 2.
The Golden Eagles will be making their second-straight appearance in the semifinals. The squad fell 4-3 to DePaul in the 2014 event.
GOMARQUETTE.COM THE OFFICIAL HOME OF MARQUETTE ATHLETICS