Marquette Edged 4-3 By DePaul In League Semis

Freshman Nick Dykema picked up a singles and doubles win on Saturday.

April 26, 2014

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The Marquette University men’s tennis team (16-9) saw its 2013-14 campaign come to an end Saturday afternoon with a 4-3 loss to rival DePaul (11-13) in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Conference Championship, presented by New York Life.

The Golden Eagles, seeded second in the eight-team field at the US National Tennis Center, saw their six-match winning streak ended by the Blue Demons. MU defeated DePaul 4-3 on the road on April 12.

MU opened the match by claiming the double point. After falling at No. 1, junior Cameron Tehrani and freshman Nick Dykema posted an 8-6 win at No. 2. The point was decided at No. 3, where senior Logon Collins and freshman Kristiyan Trukov held on for an exciting 8-7 decision, including a narrow 7-4 advantage in the tiebreaker.

DePaul posted quick straight-set victories at the top two singles positions to move ahead, but Dykema and Tehrani responded with wins of their own, at the No. 4 and 5 positions, respectively, to move MU ahead 3-2.

The match came down to No. 6 singles after Collins fell at No. 3, where Trukov was edged in a three-set marathon. The freshman dropped the first set before edging DePaul’s Kyle Johnson 7-6 in the second, including a 9-7 margin in the tiebreaker. The matchup was moved inside tied at 1-1 in the third and Trukov moved ahead 2-1 before being slowed by cramps and eventually fell 6-2.

Saturday’s loss marked the end of the careers of seniors Dan Mamalat and Logon Collins. The duo has been responsible for nearly 300 singles and doubles wins for the Golden Eagles.