Marquette Travels To Las Vegas For Two Matches
March 11, 2014
The No. 70 Marquette University men’s tennis team (9-4) continues its dual match campaign this weekend with a pair of non-conference outings in Las Vegas.
The Golden Eagles will face No. 53 Utah at 11 a.m. CT on Friday, March 14 before taking on UNLV at 10 a.m. CT on Sunday, March 16. Both matches will be played at the Fertitta Tennis Complex and UNLV will host Utah Thursday afternoon.
“It’s always a tough transition to adjust to being outside, but we have had a few days to get some quality practice in,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “Most of our guys haven't hit a ball outside since October, so being able to get here early to train was very important.”
MU claimed its sixth win in the team’s previous seven matches with a 4-3 decision over Northern Illinois March 6 at Helfaer Tennis Stadium. Freshman Kristiyan Trukov secured the team victory with a win at the No. 6 singles position. Freshman Nick Dykema leads the roster with 18 singles victories and senior Dan Mamalat, a two-time BIG EAST Player of the Week, is 10-2 in dual competition.
The Utes own a 10-3 record on the year entering this week’s play, but were downed 7-0 by No. 45 Drake on March 8. The setback came after an upset of No. 44 Nebraska the previous day. The Rebels are 4-6 on the year heading into the match with Utah, having most recently dropped a 4-3 decision at Cal Poly.
“UNLV is a team that we aren’t that familiar with, as we haven't played them since 2010,” Rodecap said. “The tennis outside will be a lot slower and we will need to be ready for a physical match against them. Utah is a team we lost 4-3 to last year in Boise and they have a lot of the same guys. They are very good and very deep so we will need a complete performance against them.”
Following this weekend’s action, the Golden Eagles will return to the Boise Invitational, taking on Montana, Boise State and Utah State in three-straight days of action.
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