Golden Eagles Return To Dual Match Action After Extended Break
April 7, 2010
Milwaukee - With three road matches remaining on the schedule until the BIG EAST Championship, the Marquette men's tennis team will travel to New Orleans for the weekend.
The Golden Eagles compete at New Orleans on Saturday at 10 a.m. and at Tulane on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
Marquette (14-4) enters the weekend with three consecutive wins prior to a two-week break. Head coach Steve Rodecap's squad has four student-athletes with double-digit singles wins in the spring season, led by seniors Niko Boulieris and Dusan Medan with 12. Medan and sophomore Jacob Straus are tops on the squad with 23 overall singles wins apiece. The two also lead the team in doubles action, boasting a 12-3 dual record at the No. 1 and 2 positions.
New Orleans (4-12) hosts Marquette and Southern Mississippi over two days, looking to add wins before the Sun Belt Conference Championships. The Privateers are 2-3 at home this season, and are led by junior Ben Smith, who has an 11-9 overall singles record. In preseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) rankings, Smith and doubles partner Calvin Kemp were slotted 36th nationally after concluding the 2009 season on the All-Sun Belt Conference Team. The duo is 3-1 overall, but has not competed together in spring play. A season ago, UNO finished fourth among eight Sun Belt Conference teams, with a 12-8 final record.
Tulane (3-14) will host Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday before the match against Marquette on Sunday morning. Freshmen Adam Bernstein and Rodrigo Rappaccioli are the lone Green Wave student-athletes to have 10-or-more overall singles wins, with 14 and 13, respectively. The pair is 9-6 in doubles action, including an 8-3 record at No. 2.
Both New Orleans and Tulane are returning to NCAA competition following the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. UNO had a hiatus between 2005 and 2008, and are in their second season of play since their break. Head coach Mark Booras and the Green Wave are in their first season since 2005. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, Tulane had won three consecutive Conference USA titles.
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