MU Continues Season With Pair Of Events This Weekend
Sept. 29, 2011
The Marquette University men's tennis team will be competing in two events this weekend, sending representatives to the 33rd Annual Ball State Invitational (Sept. 30-Oct. 2) at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center in Muncie, Ind. and the ITA All-American Championships (Oct. 1-9) hosted by the University of Tulsa.
The Golden Eagles will be apart of a 12-team field at the Ball State Invitational, which features tournament host Ball State, Butler, DePaul, Duquesne, Eastern Kentucky, IPFW, IUPUI, Louisville, Northern Illinois, Purdue and Wisconsin-Green Bay.
The tournament includes three flights of singles (A, B and C) with draws of 32 apiece. There will also be three flights of doubles, as well as consolation play for first round losers in both singles and doubles.
As a student-athlete at Ball State, Marquette head coach Steve Rodecap helped BSU head coach Bill Richards and the Cardinals to three (1993-95) Mid-American Conference Championship titles during his time as a player.
"It is always nice to go back to where my college career started as it holds a very special place in my life," said Rodecap. "I would not be in my current position without my experience at Ball State and without coach Richards."
Logon Collins, Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley and Dan Mamalat will be the Marquette representatives at the ITA All-American Championships. The event will feature more than 300 players contending for the first national title of the 2011-12 college tennis season. Collins will face Conor Berg of New Mexico to open play in the pre-qualifying draw and Mamalat takes on Badr Cherradi of Southern Illinois on Saturday.
Gutierrez Crowley was placed in the qualifying draw and will wait for his opponent to be determined. The duo of Mamalat/Gutierrez Crowley will also compete in doubles action beginning later in the weekend.
"Our players have made tremendous strides over the past few weeks and I look forward for them getting more opportunities this weekend," said Rodecap.
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