MU Hits The Road To Face Pair Of Nationally Ranked Opponents
Feb. 10, 2011
The Marquette University men's tennis team will travel to East Lansing, Mich., this weekend to take on No. 56 Michigan State on Friday, Feb. 11 and No. 25 Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 12.
Friday's match against the Spartans will get underway at 5 p.m. CT with Saturday's match versus Notre Dame beginning at 10 a.m. CT. Both matches will take place at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
"This will be a challenging road trip for us," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "We have a very good Michigan State team which is coming off one of their best wins in many years and have made a significant leap in the rankings.
"Notre Dame is also playing very well and has had a great start to the year," Rodecap said. "We have been playing much better in doubles and it will be important that we continue that this weekend."
The Golden Eagles improved to 4-1 on the season after they defeated Northern Illinois 7-0 and the University of Illinois-Chicago, 6-1, last weekend at Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
Last weekend, Marquette freshman Dan Mamalat cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory in No. 2 singles over UIC's Luiz Gonzaga, while fellow freshman Logon Collins defeated Rahul Kamath in No. 6 singles, 6-2, 6-2. At No. 3 singles, Marquette received a hard-fought comeback victory from Jose Manuel Munoz over UIC's James Li, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (10-7).
Sophomore Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley's 4-1 record in the No. 1 singles spot this season has helped the Golden Eagles capture four-straight dual match victories. In doubles play, Jonathan Schwerin and Munoz will look to improve their unscathed 3-0 record.
Michigan State enters the weekend with a perfect 8-0 record, including an upset over then No. 21 Wake Forest last weekend in East Lansing. The Spartans are led by sophomore Denis Bogatov in the No. 1 singles spot.
Notre Dame, ranked No. 25 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, has played five top-100 teams this season. The Irish (4-3) topped No. 39 Wisconsin last weekend with a convincing, 6-1, victory in Madison, Wis. Senior doubles partners Stephen Havens and Tyler Davis have won six of their seven matches this season to give the Irish an early 1-0 lead in those matches.
This weekend's matches will mark the beginning of a five-match road trip for the Golden Eagles, who don't return home again until Feb. 26.
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