Feb. 13, 2015
MILWAUKEE- The Marquette University men's tennis team returns to its home court this weekend at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium for a three-match homestand. Saturday, Feb. 14, the Golden Eagles take on Toledo at noon and South Dakota St. at 6 p.m., followed by UIC on Sunday, Feb. 15 at noon Central time.
"It will feel good to get back on our home court for a busy weekend. It will be a good test for us physically playing three duals in a 24 hour period. I look forward to seeing how our guys respond in a short turnaround," said head coach Steve Rodecap.
MU (1-4) looks to bounce back after a three-match losing streak heading into this weekends competition. All of the squads losses have been on the road, three to ranked teams. Marquette's last victory for the dual competition season came at home when the squad downed IUPUI 7-0 on Jan. 23.
Last weekend, Marquette fell 6-1 at Iowa. Kristiyan Trukov was the lone player to secure a victory, notching a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 score at the No. 6 singles. Trukov joins junior Daniel Fernandez as the only MU players to record a win in singles play since IUPUI.
"We will try to use the weekend by getting some looks at different combinations in our doubles lineup," Rodecap added. "As a group, we haven't played very well in doubles of late, and it's something we certainly feel will get better with time."
Toledo (7-4 as of Feb. 10) currently holds its longest winning streak of the season at six matches after defeating Duquesne and Youngstown State on the road. Sophomore Stjepan Sisko holds a 9-1 record after winning his sixth-straight match at No. 1 singles. Sisko also remains 4-0 at No. 1 doubles with Omar Espinosa. Marquette's last interaction with the Rockets resulted in a 5-2 loss at home. Gleb Skyr is the only current MU player with a win against Toldeo after he defeated a duo at the No. 3 doubles spot in February, 2013.
South Dakota State (3-2 as of Feb. 12) extended its winning streak to three matches after sweeping the University of St. Francis. Parker Lawley has won his last two matches at the No. 3 singles and has lost only one doubles match of season with partner Andrea Boglic at the No. 1 doubles. Back in 2012, Vukasin Teofanovic contributed to the Golden Eagles 7-0 sweep of the Jackrabbits after winning the No. 2 singles and doubles spots.
UIC (2-4 as of Feb. 6) enters the competition with only one victory on the road. Sophomore Carl Hedstrom won his matches in singles and doubles play last weekend, including a 6-3 win at the No. 1 doubles spot. Last year, MU took down the Flames 7-0. Mackenzie Stearns achieved his first collegiate victory at No. 6 singles, while Vukasin Teofanovic and Trukov earned straight set victories at the No. 1 and 5 spots in the win.
Following this weekends play, Marquette heads to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday, Feb. 18 with the first serve beginning at 6 p.m. CT. MU will then return home for another three-match homestand.