Marquette Hosts NIU Thursday Night At 6 p.m.
March 3, 2015
The Marquette University men's tennis team will hit the halfway mark of its spring campaign as the squad battles Northern Illinois at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium on Thursday, Mar. 5, with the first serve at 6 p.m. CT.
Marquette (5-6) heads into the outing looking to get back to the .500 mark after dropping its previous match at home against Green Bay. The 5-2 loss against the Phoenix snapped MU's 20-consecutive home wins streak.
Senior Vukasin Teofanovic and junior Daniel Fernandez extended their winning streak to three at the No. 1 doubles spot after defeating a duo from Green Bay 6-4. Kristiyan Trukov finished with a 2-0 record against GB after clinching a victory at the No. 5 singles and a 7-6 win at No. 2 doubles alongside fellow sophomore, Nick Dykema.
NIU (8-2) is riding a five-match winning streak after defeating SIUE 5-2 on Mar. 1. The doubles tandem of Frederic Cadieux and Kevin Daun continues to lead at the No. 1 spot and secured its eighth victory together after an 8-3 win over SIUE. Simon Formont holds a 3-1 record at the No. 2 singles after defeating his latest competition 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Formont was one of three Huskies to pull out a win in singles play with matches going into three sets.
"Coach Fisher always has his team ready to play and they always give us a tough match," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "They are a very young team and will play with three or four new players that we have never faced before."
Following NIU, Marquette heads out west to take on Denver in part one of the squad's five-match away swing. Competition against the Pioneers (7-5) will begin at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Mar. 7 at the Stapleton Tennis Pavilion.
Denver's last time on the court resulted in a 6-1 victory at Oral Roberts. No. 69 Henry Craig and No. 96 Diogo Rocha accounted for four of the wins, with Craig earning the victory at the No. 1 singles and No. 3 doubles spot, while Rocha handled the No. 2 singles and doubles competition. The Pioneers boast a 1-2 record at home, with their lone win being recorded after a 4-3 decision against Drake.
"Denver has had a good start to the season and they are very talented and deep," Rodecap said. "They have no holes in their lineup and we will need a very good performance from top to bottom on Saturday." Following Denver, MU will play at UNLV on Friday, Mar. 13 in Las Vegas. Marquette will not play at home again until April 11.
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