Men's Tennis Continues Homestand Saturday Morning With Non-League Action

Jan. 23, 2009

Milwaukee - After opening the season with back-to-back wins, the Marquette men's tennis squad looks to extend it's streak to four wins on Saturday, January 24 at Helfaer Stadium.

The Golden Eagles will take on Western Illinois in early action at 10 a.m. and play Chicago State at 4 p.m. in the two visiting teams' first matches of spring play.

"We feel like our team is very deep this season and the hope is to continue developing the lineup from top-to-bottom this weekend," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "We are looking forward to putting together another strong day in both singles and doubles play."

The Golden Eagles (2-0) are coming off an opening-weekend sweep of Illinois-Chicago and IUPUI during which Marquette did not drop a set. The current squad is the most experienced roster under sixth-year head coach Steve Rodecap with six returning letter winners including seniors Trent Hagan and Stephen Shao. Junior Dusan Medan led the squad in singles wins last season, posting a 30-10 overall singles record (16-6 dual).

Western Illinois (0-0), the defending Summit League regular season champions, are picked to finish third in the conference this season under fourth-year head coach Michael Hunt. Last season, the Leathernecks compiled a perfect 6-0 Summit League record, and tallied a 14-6 overall mark. Top returnees include seniors Zach Frisch, Neil Lesinski and Sean Ragee-Nelson. Frisch earned All-League first team honors in 2007-08, while Lesinski and Ragee-Nelson represented WIU on the second team.

Chicago State (0-0) returns just two players from last year's squad in sophomore Aumir Ahmad and senior Jonathan Sutjiadi. Ahma tallied a 5-8 singles dual record during the 2007-08 campaign, while Sutjiadi compiled an even 6-6 singles record. A season ago in Milwaukee, the Golden Eagles swept the Cougars, 7-0, in mid-March without dropping a set. In his inaugural season with CSU, head men's and women's tennis coach LeTrone Mason inherits a program that finished 4-12 last season, including 1-4 in conference play and 1-10 on the road.




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