Marquette Opens Five-Match Homestand Friday Night
Feb. 21, 2013
The Marquette University men's tennis team will return to the friendly confines of the Helfaer Tennis Stadium this weekend to begin a five-match homestand.
MU will face Valparaiso at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, Feb. 22, before battling Toledo on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.
Marquette (5-3) has enjoyed playing on its home court to begin this dual campaign, claiming victories in all five contests it has played at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium. The Golden Eagles have only surrendered four points in their home matches this season.
The Golden Eagles will have a quick turnaround, having fallen 4-3 at No. 75 Wisconsin Wednesday night.
“It’s always nice after a tough loss to be able to have the opportunity to get right back to work,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “Valpo is a much-improved team from the last time we faced them and Toledo is a feisty team that always competes really well.
“Although we have made some progress with this group, we still need to be consistent at all spots, and we need to prove that we can do that,” Rodecap added. “We do not have the luxury to give individual matches away if we want to be good. We have to be resilient at all nine spots, and we simply aren’t there yet.”
Junior Dan Mamalat has dropped just one set over the course of MU's home matches. Mamalat has swept his competitors in four out of the last five home matches. At the No.1 singles slot, the Philadelphia, Pa., native will look to continue his outstanding play at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
Valpo (4-4), enters the match against Marquette having suffered three-straight 7-0 sweeps to Northwestern (Feb. 9), Western Michigan (Feb. 15), and Purdue (Feb. 16). Junior Eric Honert has seen the majority of action for the Crusaders at the No.1 singles position.
After dropping a 4-3 decision to DePaul, Toledo stands at 4-1 heading into this weekend's match on Saturday. Sophomore Grant Adams has consistently held strong for the Rockets this season. Adams has not lost a singles match since Jan. 27 and will most likely play in the No.2 singles slot this weekend.