MU Earns National Ranking, Mamalat Named POW
Feb. 25, 2014
The Marquette University men’s tennis team (8-3) picked up a pair of accolades Tuesday in advance of the squad’s trip to rival Wisconsin Wednesday night at 6 p.m. CT.
The Golden Eagles are ranked 59th in the country in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, which were released on Tuesday and senior Dan Mamalat was tabbed the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week for the second time in 2013-14.
The national ranking, which marks the highest in school history, is the first since the 2009-10 campaign when the team started 11-0 and earned the No. 70 spot in the country. Marquette is the lone BIG EAST program in the top-75.
Mamalat’s weekend included a total of six victories in three matches during a two-day span. He fought off two match points at the No. 1 position to clinch a 4-3 win over No. 54 Denver on Feb. 21 and also teamed up with junior Vukasin Teofanovic to down the Pioneers’ 32-ranked doubles tandem at the top spot. The Philadelphia, Penn., native is now 13-4 on the year in singles and 9-1 in dual competition.
“Dan had a great weekend for us on the court, but I think he would be the first to admit that his teammates were a big contributor to his success this past week,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “Our first practice of the week, Dan was the first to be on our guys for setting practice expectations for the week. It’s great to have a guy in the program that understands the preparation needed to have success on the court.”
Wisconsin (5-3) is ranked 49th in the latest ITA polls and will be wrapping up a seven-match homestand at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium when the team faces the Golden Eagles.
“The Badgers are a very good team who play their best tennis at home,” Rodecap said. “Both teams are very familiar with each other, and we know that we will have to play really well to have a chance. We didn’t play great doubles this past weekend and that is something that we will need to focus on going into the mid-week match.”