Men's Tennis To Play For BIG EAST Championship
April 30, 2016
The Marquette University men’s tennis team (14-9) defeated DePaul 4-0 Saturday afternoon at the 2016 BIG EAST Conference Tournament semifinals and will play for the league title for the second-straight year.
The Golden Eagles (No. 2 seed) will take on St. John’s, the No. 1 seed, at 8 a.m. CT on Sunday morning at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C. The Red Storm defeated MU 4-2 in the 2015 championship match. The winner of Sunday’s contest earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
“It’s always an emotional match when we play DePaul and I was really impressed with the way out guys remained focused,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “Daniel (Fernandez) played really well and you are always looking to your senior for leadership, which was highlighted by his match-clinching win.”
The Golden Eagles opened the match by claiming the doubles point. Fernandez and junior Nick Dykema were the first to finish, posting a 6-2 win at No. 1. Juniors Kristiyan Trukov and Nick Dykema clinched the doubles point for the second-straight day, this time downing DePaul’s Tim Corwin and Paul John 6-2.
MU claimed the first set in five of the six singles matches, maintaining the momentum from doubles play. The Golden Eagles dropped the doubles point in the 4-3 win over the Blue Demons on April 23. Freshman Greg Anderson continued his strong play and pushed MU ahead 2-0 with a straight-set win at No. 5. Classmate Alvaro Verdu did the same at No. 2 and it became a race between Fernandez and Andre Romanello to claim the deciding point.
Fernandez was up to the task, posting a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 over DePaul’s Stan Leusink.
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