MU Falls 4-2 To St. John's In BIG EAST Title Match

Sophomore Mackenzie Stearns picked up a singles win on Sunday.
April 26, 2015

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The Marquette University men's tennis team (14-10) fell just short in its bid for the program's first BIG EAST Conference Championship with a 4-2 loss to St. John's (15-8) Sunday afternoon in the title match at the Barbara S. Wynne Tennis Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

The second-seeded Golden Eagles were making their first-ever appearance in the championship contest following wins over Creighton and Georgetown. No. 1 seed St. John's has now won back-to-back titles.

"I am extremely proud of the way our guys battled all weekend long," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "We didn't get off to a great start in doubles, but I thought we played well in singles. Unfortunately we came up just short, but it was a great experience for our guys to see what it takes to win a championship."

The Red Storm opened the match by claiming the doubles point, posting identical 8-5 wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions.

STJ moved ahead 2-0 after a win at No. 2 singles, but wins by sophomores Mackenzie Stearns and Kristiyan Trukov at the No. 5 and No. 4 positions, respectively, briefly tied the score at 2-2. Sophomore Nick Dykema forced a third set in his match, but St. John's was able to secure the 3-2 advantage and eventually claimed the win at No. 2.

Sunday's action marked the conclusion of the respective careers of MU's seniors, Vukasin Teofanovic and Cameron Tehrani.




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