MU Enjoys Successful First Day at BSU Invitational
Sept. 14, 2007
The Marquette University men's tennis team opened its 2007-08 campaign with a successful first day at the Ball State Invitational Friday in Muncie, Ind.
The Golden Eagles went undefeated (6-0) in doubles action and 14-4 overall as a pair of MU players advanced in Flight "A" singles. Singles and doubles action will continue Saturday morning.
"I thought we had a pretty good first day," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "Obviously doubles was very strong, but we have some areas to work on in singles. We came here to get a lot of matches in and that is what we are doing."
Sophomore transfer Dusan Medan had a successful MU debut, posting a pair of victories in the top singles flight. He opened with a tiebreaker win (6-4, 3-6, 10-7) over Rishi Behl of Indiana State and followed that up with a 7-5, 7-6 decision against Jose Perdomo of Ball State.
Junior Trent Hagan earned a first round by in the "A" flight and opened the campaign with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 win over Adam Ford of Illinois. Sophomore Niko Boulieris was also in the top flight, but dropped his round of 16 matchup to fall out of a chance to move on to the quarterfinals.
One strength of the 2006-07 team, doubles play, made an impressive debut on Friday. Two tandems advanced in the Flight "A" and the Golden Eagles also have one each left in the remaining two flights.
The trip to BSU this weekend is a return to the alma mater of Rodecap, who helped the Cardinals to three Mid-American Conference championships as a player. Also participating in the event is NIU, where Rodecap coached prior to arriving in Milwaukee.