Marquette Heads to Texas for a Pair of Matches
March 27, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's tennis team heads into the final stretch of a seven-match road swing this weekend when it travels to Texas to take on UT Arlington on Thursday, March 28, before battling Southern Methodist on Friday, March 29.
First serve against the Mavericks is slated for 2 p.m. CT at the UTA Tennis Center, while the noon matinee against SMU will be played just down the road at the Samuel Grand Tennis Center on the Mustangs' campus. These matches will be MU's first outdoor contests of the dual season.
"It will be nice to face two opponents outside of the region that we haven't squared off against recently," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "Both teams that we will face are talented and will present a challenge for us. We will also need to make adjustments quickly to playing outdoors again."
Marquette (8-10) enters its trip to the Lone Star State having lost three matches at the Boise State Springhill Suites Invitational last weekend. The Golden Eagles fell to the host-Broncos 6-1 on Saturday, after dropping a pair of matches to Utah (4-3) and Southern Miss (6-1) the previous day.
Junior Dan Mamalat boasts a .778 winning percentage this season at the No. 1 singles position this season, having picked up wins in 14 of his 18 matches.
UT Arlington (6-8) is in the midst of a six-match homestand and has suffered setbacks in four of its last five matches, including a 4-0 shutout to No. 32 Columbia on March 22.
After beginning the dual campaign with four consecutive losses, SMU has climbed to a 4-7 overall mark. The Mustangs are led by Arturs Kazijevs, who is ranked No. 124 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's most recent singles poll. Kazijevs and partner Mischa Nowicki are ranked 75th by the ITA in doubles.
Following this weekend's action, MU will conclude its season with four-straight home matches, beginning with a double-header on April 6 against Cleveland State and Chicago State.