An up and down weekend

The Marquette men’s tennis team had an up and down experience at the 34th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic over the past weekend with Ball State, Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern all coming to the Western Racquet Club.

On Friday, singles players squared off against Ball State. Senior Dusan Medan had the largest margin of victory by defeating Eduardo Pavia, 6-0, 6-3. Freshmen Otavio Perim and Jacob Straus also won their first collegiate matches.

On a Marquette athletics podcast, senior Mark Rutherford said that it was nice for the team to have two freshmen do so well in their first collegiate matches.

Later that day, the three doubles partners squared off against Northwestern. The Wildcats took all three matches from Marquette. However, Coach Steve Rodecap isn’t worried.

“We haven’t really paid a lot of attention to doubles yet,” Rodecap said. “I know we have guys that know how to play doubles.”

The doubles teams looked to redeem themselves against Ball State Saturday afternoon. Marquette continued its dominance by winning three of the four matches.

On Sunday, the singles took on Northwestern and lost four of six matches. Marquette’s Mark Rutherford and Medan, respectively No. 1 and 2 players, went down.

The men’s doubles concluded the weekend against UW-Madison and were swept off the court by the in-state rival.