Marquette Earns No. 2 Seed In BIG EAST Tournament
April 25, 2016
The Marquette University men's tennis team (12-9) has earned the No. 2 seed in the 2016 BIG EAST Tennis Championship and will open play versus No. 7 seed Creighton (9-9) at 11:30 a.m. CT on Friday, April 29.
The eight-team event will get underway Friday morning at Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, South Carolina, with team's fighting for the tournament championship to earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
"The team has put in a tremendous amount of work this season and the reward to this point is a high seed and the chance to compete for a NCAA tournament bid," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "Our returnees got very close last year and hopefully that experience will help us during a very demanding weekend. We are all looking forward to it."
This is the third time since joining the BIG EAST, and second-straight year, that MU will enter the event as the No. 2 seed. The Golden Eagles reached the championship match in last year's tournament, before losing 4-2 against St. John's, falling short of the programs first-ever BIG EAST crown.
The Golden Eagles will enter the tourney on a four-match win streak, most recently outlasting rival DePaul, 4-3, to finish BIG EAST play with a perfect 4-0 record. Marquette defeated Creighton 6-1 on April 1 at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium.
Marquette's singles lineup is led by freshman Alvaro Verdu, who has recorded a team-high 15 singles win this season, including a 12-5 mark during MU's dual slate, and has won seven-straight matches. Classmate Greg Anderson also enters the tournament in top-form, winning seven of his last eight contests, en route to an 11-5 dual record.
In doubles play, the duo of Verdu and Daniel Fernandez has led the charge for MU, securing 10 wins this season, seven of which coming during dual competition in the No. 1 slot. Anderson has teamed up with junior Kristiyan Trukov to earn six doubles victories from the No. 3 position.
The winner of the Marquette/Creighton matchup with advance to take on the DePaul/Butler winner on Saturday, April 30 in the semifinals.
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