MU Men's Tennis Opens Dual Match Season Saturday
Jan. 15, 2009
Milwaukee - The Marquette University men's tennis team opens its spring season Saturday, Jan. 17 with a home dual match against Illinois-Chicago and IUPUI.
The Golden Eagles open play at 10 a.m. at Helfaer Tennis Stadium in Milwaukee, and continue action at 4 p.m. Head coach Steve Rodecap's team swept matches against both teams last season, 7-0.
"I know the guys are excited to get started and Saturday will be a good test for them," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "The team did a good job of staying in shape over the break and we have had a good week of practice."
The Golden Eagles feature their most experienced roster under sixth-year head coach Steve Rodecap. While the squad returns six total letterwinners from the 2007-08 campaign, only Trent Hagan and Stephen Shao are seniors. On a roster which has tallied over 200 victories in both singles and doubles play, junior Dusan Medan led the team in singles victories last season, posting a 30-10 overall record (16-6 dual). The doubles pair of Medan and Hagan finished second on the team behind graduate Brent Binkley and current junior Mark Rutherford, tallying a 10-7 record in overall action.
The Illinois-Chicago squad travels to Milwaukee after falling, 6-1, to DePaul on Sunday afternoon. The Flames lost in the Horizon League Championship a season ago, finishing with a 15-10 overall record (7-2 Horizon League). The runner-up finish was the fourth in as many years for 2008 Horizon League Coach of the Year Hans Neufeld. The team returns three all-league second team selections including juniors Bastian Harbo and Sebastian Lystad, and senior Adriano Liccardo. Harbo enters spring play with a 10-match winning streak from the spring after a 21-10 overall record in singles play, the most ever singles wins for a UIC player in a season.
IUPUI returns Summit League Second Team sophomore selection Gregory Sosa, who tallied an 11-11 record in singles play a season ago. Sosa's even record led the squad in overall singles winning percentage, one of only two IUPUI athletes with a non-losing record. Head coach Brandon Currie, in his second season with the Jaguars, has three freshmen on his roster and no seniors.