MU Concludes Homestand Friday Night Against Northern Illinois
March 6, 2013
The Marquette University men's tennis team will conclude its five-match homestand on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. when it takes on Northern Illinois at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
Marquette (7-5) rallied for a 4-3 win against Green Bay its last time out on Sunday, March 3, after dropping a 5-2 decision against Dartmouth on March 1.
The Golden Eagles fell behind early against Green Bay on Sunday, losing at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots in doubles action. MU fought back in singles play with Junior Dan Mamalat grabbing a win at the No. 1 position. Mamalat, who improved to 10-2 in dual match play, has won nine of his last 10 outings and has won five-straight singles victories.
Northern Illinois (8-4) is coming off a pair split decisions in its previous two matches. NIU fell to Butler, 5-2, on March 1, before ending the weekend with a 5-2 win against IUPUI (March 3). Sophomore Frederic Cadieux went undefeated at the No. 3 singles position on the weekend for the Huskies.
“NIU is a very dangerous team and it has a group of really good players who I have a lot of respect for,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “We will need to put in a consistent effort from top to bottom in both doubles and singles. “This is our last home match in the month of March, so we need to take advantage of our building before we transition to playing outside.”
In their last meeting on April 8, 2012, Marquette defeated NIU in a tight 4-3 match at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium. That win ended an eight-match win streak for the Huskies. Mamalat and sophomore Vukasin Teofanovic both had victories in singles play to lead the Golden Eagles to victory.
After the matchup against the Huskies, Marquette will take to the road for six-straight matches beginning on March 13 when the squad is slated to battle Lehigh in Daytona, Fla.