MU Continues Homestand This Weekend Against Villanova, UMKC & Cleveland St.
Feb. 18, 2010
Milwaukee - The Marquette men's tennis team will host three programs this weekend in Milwaukee. Saturday, Feb. 20 will feature a doubleheader against Villanova and UMKC at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., respectively, while the Golden Eagles will host Cleveland State Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m.
MU (7-0) have won every match this season by at least a 5-2 margin and has swept scoring in four 7-0 decisions. Seniors Niko Boulieris and Dusan Medan lead the Golden Eagles with 6-0 dual singles records. Marquette has lost just one doubles match in 21 opportunities this season, as Medan/freshman Jacob Straus and Boulieris/sophomore Jonathan Schwerin have combined for nine dual wins.
Senior Mark Rutherford is two wins away from tying Brett Binkley (94) for most career doubles victories. He currently has 92 and could pass Binkley on Sunday. Binkley/Rutherford teamed up for 49 total wins, the most by any duo in school history.
Villanova (0-4) has yet to win this spring and will travel to Marquette in the midst of 16 consecutive road matches. The Golden Eagles faced the Wildcats twice last season, tallying a 7-0 win at Villanova and a 4-0 victory at the BIG EAST Championships in April. VU returns seniors Alex Leeser and John Magliano from last year's squad.
UMKC (3-0) is led by reigning Summit League Tennis Player of the Week in senior Bret Berryman. The honor, announced on Feb. 12, is the third of his career and came with a 3-0 singles mark and 2-0 doubles record this season. Classmate Patrick Smith was honored with the award on Feb. 9. Berryman and Smith joined sophomore Gustavo Guerin as all-league selections in 2009. Guerin, Berryman, Smith and junior Serge Ristivojevic are all undefeated in singles this season.
The Kangaroos are the preseason pick to win the Summit League. UMKC won the men's championship last season, finishing with a 14-7 overall record and advancing to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Cleveland State (7-1) opened the season with a loss at home but has rebounded to win seven straight, including three by 7-0 scores. The Vikings have taken three of the five Horizon League Tennis Player of the Week mentions this season, as senior Phil Orno, sophomore Yannick Goossens and senior Ryan Hamning have each been honored.
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