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With most of the men's tennis team's matchups ending in blowouts – both for losses and victory – they might be able to find solace in their tough 4-3 loss at Old Dominion. It was a loss, yes, but at least it was a close and hard fought one.,”With most of the men's tennis team's match-ups ending in blowouts — both losses and victories — they might be able to find solace in their tough 4-3 loss at Old Dominion. It was a loss, but at least it was a close and hard fought one.

Marquette concluded its four-game road trip, which also included match-ups against Brown, Harvard and Hampton, with the Friday loss to the 14-9 Monarchs.

The Golden Eagles claimed the important doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Senior Stephen Shao and junior Dusan Medan won 8-4, and junior Mark Rutherford and freshman Jonathan Schwerin also won by the same score.

Marquette did not fare as well in singles play. Medan dropped a close match to Tobias Fanselow at No. 2 (6-7, 7-6, 6-3). Junior Niko Boulieris also lost at No. 3 singles in three sets to Matt Fawcet.

The only two victories in singles came from Shao and Rutherford at No.'s 4 and 5 matches. It was the first time this season that Marquette had won the doubles point but failed to claim the team victory.

Marquette hopes to bounce back against Valparaiso on March 21. It will be the first of a four straight matches at Helfaer.

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