Marquette to Finish Homestand Friday and Saturday
Feb. 20, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's tennis team will close out its four-match homestand this weekend as it takes on Denver, Bradley and South Dakota St. at Helfaer Tennis Stadium Friday, Feb. 21 and Sat., Feb. 22.
The opening serve will be against the Pioneers at 6 p.m. Friday, while play against Bradley will start at noon and South Dakota St. at 6 p.m. Saturday.
“It will be a very physical weekend for us, as we will be playing three matches in two days,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “Friday’s matchup with Denver will be a big test for us, but one that our team is really looking forward to. They have a very balanced team and have had a very good start to the season, so we will need to be really good Friday night.
“Both Bradley and South Dakota State are much improved teams from last year and should be good tests for us as well,” Rodecap added. “Anytime we play doubleheaders it’s important that our guys stay mentally focused and play efficient tennis.”
MU (5-3) is currently serving up a two-match win streak, its most recent win being a 7-0 sweep against Wright State. Senior Dan Mamalat and junior Vukasin Teofanovic notched a quick 6-2 win at the top doubles spot to open the match victory for Marquette. Mamalat now has a six-match winning streak and posts the best record among the squad (7-2) in the last ten matches. Freshman Kristiyan Trukov recorded 6-5, 3-6, 1-0 victory at the No. 6 spot that now marks him at the top of the roster with 14 singles wins.
No. 52 Denver (6-2) enters the competition after sweeping the Golden Eagle's fellow BIG EAST counterpart, DePaul. The No. 32 ranked duo of Henry Craig and Diogo Rocha secured a 6-1 win against the Blue Demons, extending their record to 5-0.
Bradley (2-3) has yet to win a match on the road. The Braves last matchup was at Butler where they were swept 7-0 by the BIG EAST newcomers. The doubles squad of Justin Abrams and Arthur Romanet was the lone team to notch a win, but the Bulldogs pulled out two other victories in the No. 1 and 3 double spots to take a 1-0 win in doubles action. The duo holds the lone winning streak of the team with three.
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits recently topped off a 5-2 victory against Grinnell. Parker Lawley and Andrea Boglic led SDSU after securing victories in their singles matches, but also in doubles action as they teamed up and won 8-3 against a Grinnell duo. Before MU, the Jackrabbits will play Chicago State on Friday.
Following the homestand the Golden Eagles will hit the road to take on their in-state rival, the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.