Golden Eagles Host No. 31 Wisconsin Tuesday in Men's Tennis Action
Jan. 26, 2009
MILWAUKEE - Riding a four match home winning streak, the Marquette men's tennis team hosts in-state rival No. 31 Wisconsin on Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
Collectively the Golden Eagles (4-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) have a six match winning streak, with their last loss coming at the hands of DePaul in the opening round of the 2008 BIG EAST Championships.
The Golden Eagles have dominated Illinois-Chicago, IUPUI, Western Illinois and Chicago State since opening the spring season two weekends ago. The squad has yet to drop a set in singles play and is undefeated in doubles competition. Tallying perfect 4-0 records in singles play are juniors Niko Boulieris and Dusan Medan, and senior Stephen Shao. The duo of junior Mark Rutherford and freshman Jonathan Schwerin lead the Golden Eagles in doubles play with a 3-0 dual record.
The No. 31 Badgers (4-0) travel to Milwaukee after a four match home winning streak of their own, owning wins over Green Bay, Butler, UW-Whitewater and Northern Illinois.
Freshman Marek Michalicka is currently ranked No. 36 in the nation, and fourth in the midwest region by the ITA, while sophomore Moritz Baumann, who was ranked as high as 28th in the preseason, stands at No. 117 in singles play.
In 2007, now-third year head coach Greg Van Emburgh led the Badgers to one of the most successful seasons in program history, capped by the team's first NCAA tournament appearance since the 1998 campaign and the third in school history. The team finished with an overall 16-11 record, and captured the school's first NCAA Tournament win in men's tennis.
Wisconsin holds a 10 match winning streak against the Golden Eagles, with the last Marquette win coming during the 1998-99 season.