Marquette To Face Georgetown In BIG EAST Championship
April 15, 2013
The Marquette University men's tennis team has earned the No. 4 seed in the 2013 BIG EAST Conference Championship (April 18-21) and will face No. 5 seed Georgetown Friday, April 19 at the Courtney Tennis Center in South Bend, Ind., located on the campus of Notre Dame.
The Golden Eagles are scheduled to play at 11 a.m. CT on Friday, weather permitting.
Marquette enters the nine-team conference tournament with a 13-11 overall mark, which includes a four-game win streak the squad posted to end the regular season. Most recently, MU topped DePaul, 5-2, on April 12, before pulling out a tightly-contested 4-3 win over Wright State on April 14.
"We look forward to being part of the BIG EAST Championship, and I am happy that Notre Dame and Coach Bayliss will be the host in his last year as coach," head coach Steve Rodecap. "He has had a tremendous impact on our sport and if anyone deserves to play for a championship on his home court it's his team.
"Georgetown is a very balanced team from top to bottom and has played good doubles this year," Rodecap added. "Coach Ernst's teams are very well coached and he always has guys that compete extremely hard. It will be a tough test for us on Friday."
Five players on Marquette's roster have double-digit win totals in singles play this dual season, led by junior Dan Mamalat's 18 victories. Mamalat went 18-6 on the campaign, playing all 24 matches at the No. 1 singles position. Sophomore Vukasin Teofanovic has won six-straight singles matches and posted a 14-8 mark at the No. 2 spot.
In doubles action, the tandem of Mamalat and Teofanovic has seen the majority of action at the No. 1 position and has posted a 12-8 overall mark.
The Golden Eagles are 7-10 overall in the BIG EAST tournament since joining the league in 2005-06. Last season, MU dropped a 4-1 decision to St. John's in the opening round, before poor weather conditions forced the consolation bracket to be canceled.
The first team to collect four points advances in the bracket, with doubles action being played prior to singles. The tournament champion will earn the BIG EAST's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
Louisville will enter the postseason tournament as the defending champion after defeating USF, 4-2, in the title match last season.