Marquette Downs Creighton 4-0 In BIG EAST Tourney
April 25, 2014
The Marquette University men’s tennis team (16-8) advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Conference Championship, presented by New York Life, with a 4-0 victory over Creighton (10-9) Friday evening at the US National Tennis Center.
The Golden Eagles, seeded second in the eight-team event, will play either No. 3 seed DePaul or No. 6 seed Georgetown on Saturday morning. MU defeated the Blue Demons 4-3 on the road on April 12, but didn’t face the Hoyas in 2013-14.
Marquette has now claimed six-straight decisions, five of which have come against league opponents.
MU opened the match by claiming the critical doubles point, which the team was unable to do in the 6-1 win over the Bluejays on April 18 at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium. Junior Cameron Tehrani and freshman Nick Dykema made quick work of their opponents at No. 2 doubles, posting an 8-3 win. Senior Dan Mamalat and junior Vukasin Teofanovic, who were defeated in the regular season meeting with Creighton, clinched the point with an 8-4 decision at the No. 1 spot. MU’s tandem trailed 3-1 before claiming seven of the final eight games.
Dykema put MU ahead 2-0 with a straight-set win at No. 4 singles and Teofanovic (No. 2) and Tehrani (No. 5) did the same, with the final win by Tehrani clinching the team victory.
Mamalat, who was hoping to claim the team’s career singles wins record (88), wasn’t able to finish at No. 1 singles. Former MU standout Dusan Medan, who is currently tied with Mamalat, is in attendance this weekend in Flushing, N.Y.
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