Marquette Hosts Creighton, Butler This Weekend
April 17, 2014
The Marquette University men's tennis team will look to conclude the regular season with an undefeated record at home this weekend as it welcomes new BIG EAST Conference members, Creighton on Friday, April 18 and Butler on Sunday, April 20 to Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
"It will be an exciting weekend, as we have our final homestand of the year against two of the new BIG EAST members, Creighton and Butler,” head coach Steve Rodecap said. “We haven't competed against these teams in recent years, so it will be nice to establish a rivalry with both of them.”
First serve will be against the Bluejays at 6 p.m., while Sunday's afternoon matchup against the Bulldogs will begin at noon.
Marquette (13-8) continued to top the conference teams last weekend when the Golden Eagles outlasted DePaul 4-3. The squad is now on a three-match winning streak going into competition at home.
Against the Blue Demons, MU's bottom four singles players rallied for the win after DePaul claimed the doubles point and Dan Mamalat and Vukasin Teofanovic fell at the No. 1 and No. 2 singles spots. Freshman Nick Dykema notched the final point for MU's victory at No. 4 singles, with a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 win.
Creighton (10-6) is coming of a sweep over Hastings College on the Bluejays’ senior day. The squad was led by senior Billy Paluch, who earned a pair of wins at the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles spot. August Nysted, Anthony Rauschenbach and Jake Glazer also won in straight sets.
Butler (9-8) heads into the competition after suffering a 6-1 loss to Xavier last week. Brandon Woods was the lone Bulldog to notch a victory at the No. 5 singles, taking down his opponent 4-6, 7-6, 10-6. Before BU takes on Marquette, the Bulldogs will face Creighton at Helfaer on Saturday at 9 a.m.
Prior to the match against Butler, the Golden Eagles will recognize seniors Dan Mamalat and Logon Collins. The two have combined for an impressive four-year career, totaling over 200 victories together.
"These two guys have been outstanding young men in our program, and have been extremely dependable for us on the court," said Rodecap.
Collins currently owns over 110 career singles and doubles victories, while Mamalat has recorded a 153-95 record, putting him fourth on the all-time record list. Mamalat's singles record is 86-50, placing him third on the all-time singles record, two shy of a program record at 88. Mamalat's doubles action with Vukasin Teofanovic has accumulated to the third-most wins in doubles history with a 30-21 record.
"Logon and Dan have poured everything they have into this program in the past four seasons,” Rodecap said. “We are a much better team because of the dedication and standards they have instilled with the guys around them. They both have very successful and bright futures ahead of them."
Following the matches, MU will head to New York for the BIG EAST tournament on April 24-27.