Marquette Concludes the Milwaukee Tennis Classic
Sept. 14, 2014
Sunday provided the best weather with a large crowd watching the tournament under warm, sunny skies on The Town Club's clay courts. The men opened the morning with a doubles victory over Air Force, claiming two of the three matches. Nick Dykema and Vukasin Teofanovic defeated Grant Taylor and Max Olsen, 8-4 in the No. 1 slot, while Daniel Fernandez joined Cameron Tehrani to knock off Andrew Parks and Sean Chi, 8-3 at No. 2.
The women opened their day against South Carolina in doubles.
"Overall I think we did really well and competed very well," men's head coach Steve Rodecap said. "I think there are things this early in the season that feels correctable and we will have to do a good job over the next three to four months so when we get into dual match season we are ready to go. I like our team, I like the way they fight and I like the heart they have and I think we can set ourselves up to have a good fall and a good spring as well."
Each squad concluded the tournament facing Wisconsin in singles. In a thrilling match, Teofanovic fought back to win at No. 2 singles after dropping his second set, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6. Mackenzie Stearns claimed a victory in the No. 6 position, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
On the women's side, Marquette claimed three match victories with Erin Gebes winning at No. 2, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, while Vanessa Foltinger defeated Lauren Burich 7-6, 6-2. Ali Dawson turned in a fantastic performance to storm back after trailing one set to finish on the winning side at No. 3 singles, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4.
"I thought our team played very hard and had a lot of energy," said women's head coach Jody Bronson. "We had new doubles teams and for a first tournament, I thought we did exceptionally well and had some great wins. Our singles inproved as the tournament went on and we finished going three-all with Wisconsin and earned the doubles point so we felt great about that. This is a great tournament and the level of competition out of the gate is so good. We had a lot of fans today cheering us on and we really fed off of that energy. It was really a great tournament for us."
The Golden Eagles had great success in doubles competition as Dykema and Teofanovic were crowned men's doubles champion for the tournament, while Ana Pimienta and Gebes were runners-up in women's doubles. Sophomore Daniel Fernandez was the runner-up in men's singles.
Pimienta was also awarded the Charles Mulcahy Sportsmanship Award, which is given annually to a men's and women's player who demonstrates meaningful and significant sportsmanship.
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