Trukov, Fernandez Share Co-MVP Accolades

Sophomore Nick Dykema claimed the Coaches Attitude Award
May 1, 2015

The Marquette University men's tennis team celebrated an impressive 2014-15 campaign, in which the team advanced all the way to the BIG EAST title match, at its annual awards banquet on Thursday, April 30, in downtown Milwaukee.

Sophomores Nick Dykema, Mackenzie Stearns, Kristiyan Trukov and junior Daniel Fernandez received the team's four major awards for their performances, both on and off the court this year.

Fernandez and Trukov shared the Most Valuable Player award, as the team named co-MVPs for the second year in a row.

In his first year with the Golden Eagles, Fernandez posted a 19-11 overall singles record and a 15-8 record in dual play, which was tied for the highest win total on the team. The Aguascaliente, Mexico, native spent most of the year playing in the No. 1 singles spot, picking up a team-high 11 wins in the first position. Fernandez also picked up 13 doubles wins for Marquette in 2014-15, highlighted by an 8-6 record with senior teammate Vukasin Teofanovic at No. 1 doubles.

Trukov was the other Golden Eagle to pick up 15 singles wins in dual play, and his 23 overall wins were a team high. The Gurnee, Illinois, native ended the season on an eight-match winning streak in singles play, spanning more than a month. The doubles team of Trukov and freshman Andre Romanello picked up more wins than any other MU pairing in 2014-15, as the duo went 10-4.

Stearns, a Montreal, Canada, native who only played in four singles matches as a freshman, was named the team's Most Improved Player. After starting the 2014-15 dual season 2-1, Stearns rattled off seven consecutive wins to finish the season with team-highs for dual play winning percentage, 90 percent (9-1), and overall winning percentage, 70 percent (14-6).



Dykema, who shared last year's co-MVP award with then-senior Dan Mamalat, earned the team's We Are Marquette Coaches Attitude Award. Hailing from Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dykema was the only Golden Eagle to play in the No. 3 singles spot and picked up 10 wins in that position, to go along with 15 combined doubles wins in fall and spring matches.

In addition to sharing the team's top honor for his achievements on the court, Trukov also received the Academic Award for his scholastic performance.

The Golden Eagles finished the season 14-10, culminating in the team's first appearance in the BIG EAST title match. The team also saw its home winning streak extend all the way to 19 matches, dating back to March 8, 2013, before it was snapped against Green Bay on Feb. 22.


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