MU Wraps Up Regular Season At Home This Weekend
April 9, 2013
FREE PIZZA: All fans in attendance will receive free pizza during Friday night's match against DePaul at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
After claiming a pair of victories last weekend, the Marquette University men's tennis team will look to finish the year strong when it hosts DePaul on Friday, April 12 and Wright State on Sunday, April 14 at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium to close out the regular season.
First serve against the Blue Demons is slated for 6 p.m., while Sunday's matinee match against Wright State will begin at 11 a.m. Live stats will be available for both contests on GoMarquette.com.
Marquette (11-11) continued to defend its home court last time out by beating Cleveland State, 4-3, and Chicago State, 7-0, on Saturday, April 6. The Golden Eagles have now earned nine of their 11 victories this season when playing at Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
DePaul (5-15) is coming off a 6-1 win at home over IUPUI last Saturday. Senior Mathias Hambach picked up his 10th victory of the season at the No. 2 singles spot. Marquette and DePaul last met at the Lakeshore Sports and Fitness complex on April 12, 2012, with the Golden Eagles coming away victorious, 4-3. The victory snapped a six-match losing skid to the Blue Demons.
“The DePaul match is one of those special matches in which both teams typically play their best tennis and there is very little separation,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “It always comes down to who handles the pressure better at the end of the night. They are led by one of the best players in the conference at the top spot and have a lot of young talent behind him.”
Wright State boasts a 12-8 overall mark coming into the match against Marquette. The Raiders are led by junior Hayden Joblin, who earned the Horizon League Men's Tennis Player of the Week award back-to-back weeks in March.
Prior to the match, the Golden Eagles will recognize senior Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley. He has seen his career interrupted and ultimately ended by back injuries and played his last match for Marquette on March 23, 2012. The Queretaro, Mexico, native finished with a 39-31 overall mark in singles competition and a 43-22 record in doubles action and saw a majority of his play at the No. 1 position.
“We will have a quick turnaround and play a very good Wright State team on Sunday,” Rodecap said. “That will be an emotional day for me as we honor our lone senior, Jose. He has been such an instrumental part of Marquette tennis for the past four years and has been a great leader on and off the court for our program.
“He is a tremendous young man who comes from a great family and I feel very fortunate to have coached him the past four years,” Rodecap added. “I am extremely proud of the character and integrity that he has displayed while competing for Marquette, and know that he will carry those qualities into the next chapter of his life. Personally, I would like to thank ‘Pepper’ for his commitment to excellence that he has displayed everyday throughout his career at Marquette.”
Following this weekend's play, Marquette returns to action for the BIG EAST Conference Championship, slated for April 18th in South Bend, Ind.
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