MU To Face No. 8 Illinois In NCAA Championships
May 1, 2018
The Marquette University men’s tennis team (17-6) will face No. 8 Illinois (21-7) in the opening round of the NCAA Championships on Saturday, May 12 at 3 p.m. CT in Urbana, Ill.
The Golden Eagles earned an automatic bid to the event by claiming the program’s first-ever BIG EAST Conference title, downing DePaul, 4-1, in the championship match on Sunday, April 29 at the Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C.
“This is a tremendous moment for our program and our staff is extremely proud of the work our team has put in this season,” head coach Steve Rodecap announced. “Illinois is one of the best programs in the nation and that’s one of the great aspects of the postseason, facing off against the top teams in collegiate tennis.”
Illinois, which is making its 23rd NCAA appearance (2003 title), has claimed each of the three all-time meetings with Marquette. The two programs last met during the 1993-94 campaign and the Fighting Illini posted a 6-1 victory.
Rodecap, who played and coached in the NCAA Championships at Ball State, is a member of the NCAA Men’s Tennis Selection Committee and has been in Indianapolis since Monday helping determine the team and individual fields. Assistant coach Jud Shaufler was a member of four NCAA teams as a player at Michigan.
Marquette downed Creighton, St. John’s and top-seeded DePaul en route to the title and junior Alvaro Verdu was named the event’s Most Outstanding Player. The Elda, Spain, native concluded the weekend with a trio of wins at No. 1 singles, including the title-clinching point versus the Blue Demons.
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