Marquette Falls 4-2 To DePaul In BIG EAST Championship
May 1, 2011
The Marquette University men's tennis team (14-12) wrapped up its 2010-11 campaign with a 4-2 loss to No. 60 DePaul (18-9) Sunday afternoon on the final day of the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, hosted by Notre Dame.
Marquette, which earned the No. 6 seed in the nine-team field, finished sixth in the final standings. MU opened tourney play with a 4-0 loss to No. 48 USF on Friday before claiming a 4-0 victory over Georgetown on Saturday afternoon at the Leeper Park Tennis Center.
Junior Drake Kakar claimed a win at No. 6 for the second-straight day, downing DePaul's Mathias Hambach 6-4, 6-1. Freshman Dan Mamalat closed the gap to 3-2 with a hard-fought 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 win against DPU's George Chanturia.
The Blue Demons were able to win the doubles point and claim singles decisions at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 to earn the four points necessary for the team victory. In tourney play, once a team collects four points all of the remaining matches remain unfinished. Freshman Logon Collins battled at No. 5, but eventually dropped a 7-6, 7-6 heartbreaker to DePaul senior Bartosz Jozwiak.
DePaul opened the match by claiming the doubles point, posting wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Mamalat and sophomore Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley claimed a quick 8-2 decision at the No. 2 spot to conclude the year 12-6 as a duo. All of their action as a tandem came during the dual match portion of the season.
The Blue Demons also defeated the Golden Eagles 5-2 on April 16 at Helfaer Tennis Stadium in the regular-season finale.
#60 DePaul 4, Marquette 2
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