Marquette Opens Dual Campaign At No. 30 Notre Dame

Head coach Steve Rodecap and MU open against a top-ranked opponent in Notre Dame.

Jan. 16, 2013

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The Marquette University men's tennis team opens the dual match portion of its season on Saturday, Jan. 19 when it travels to face No. 30 Notre Dame. Action at the Eck Tennis Pavilion is set to begin at 10 a.m. CT with doubles play. Marquette returns seven players from a team that went 10-13 in dual matches last season. The team will lean on juniors Logon Collins and Dan Mamalat for experience this spring.

Also returning for MU this spring are sophomores David Packowitz, James Stark, Cameron Tehrani and Vuskasin Teofanovic, while freshmen Gleb Sklyr and Javier Varela Hernani could also make their dual season debuts against the Fighting Irish. Stark led the underclassmen bunch with seven singles victories in the fall.

"Notre Dame is consistently one of the best teams in the BIG EAST and in our region and it will be a big task for opening weekend," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "With that said, I know our guys have been preparing really hard for this since the first day of the fall and will embrace the challenge. Doubles will be key for us in this match, as we need to get off to a really good start and play physical."

Notre Dame, the top-ranked team in the BIG EAST, features four players in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) preseason rankings, including No. 80 Greg Andrews. Andrews finished 7-5 in the fall and boasted a 4-2 mark against ranked opponents. In doubles action, Andrews and teammate Spencer Talmadge are tabbed as the No. 51 tandem to begin the season. The duo went 10-5 in the fall. Notre Dame head coach Bob Bayliss, who owns over 40 years of coaching experience and is in his 26th season at UND, will be retiring at the conclusion of the 2012-13 campaign.

"I would like to personally congratulate coach Bayliss on an outstanding career and wish him much success in the next phase of his life," Rodecap said. "College tennis is losing a great mind that has given so much to our sport and he will be deeply missed. He has always been a coach who I have had a great amount of respect for and he always did things the right way."

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