Men's Tennis Hosts Dartmouth, Arizona State This Weekend
Feb. 14, 2008
Milwaukee - The Marquette University men's tennis team looks to continue a four-match winning streak as it hosts Dartmouth and No. 37 Arizona State this weekend.
The Golden Eagles will take on Dartmouth Friday at 3 p.m. and will battle No. 37 Arizona State at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The non-conference matches will be held at the Helfaer Tennis & Recreation Center in Milwaukee, Wis., where MU is undefeated this season.
"We are looking forward to welcoming a pair of quality opponents to campus," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "It's up to the guys to be ready to play and if that happens, the results will take care of themselves."
The Golden Eagles (6-2) will wrap up a six-match homestand, during which they posted victories against Southern Illinois, Eastern Illinois, Xavier, and Georgetown. In these four matches, the squad won all but two points.
On the singles side, MU is paced by junior Trent Hagan and sophomore Dusan Medan, filling the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Hagan boasts an overall singles record of 10-9, while Medan has dominated his rivals and is 20-6 overall. No. 4 sophomore Mark Rutherford posts a 16-7 singles record entering weekend play.
The Golden Eagles are paced by the duo of Rutherford and senior Brett Binkley, who have posted a 19-6 overall record to date, and a 5-2 dual play record. The No. 2 doubles pair of Stephen Shao and Pete Van Lieshout is 8-3.
The Ivy League's Dartmouth Big Green (2-0) is led by senior Mark Brodie, who posted a 12-3 singles record and 6-4 doubles record this past fall. Brodie advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Regionals, where he was ranked No. 12 out of 128 players. Junior Ari Gayer went 15-8 in overall singles last season, and in the fall, combined with newcomer Stephen Grief to win the Dartmouth Shootout A Doubles Title.
Arizona State (3-0), ranked No. 37 by the ITA, will provide a challenge for MU on Saturday. The Sun Devils enter the match undefeated against the Golden Eagles, having defeated MU three times in program history. Four Sun Devils are undefeated in duals singles action this season, including Andres Arango, T.J. Bellama, Matt Brooklyn and John Nanosky II. Bellama boasts a 10-6 overall singles record, while Brooklyn and Wes Miller follow closely, each with overall singles records of 10-5. The duos of Bellama-Brooklyn and Nanosky-Miller each hold 2-1 records in dual play this season.
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