Marquette douses Flames 6-1

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The Marquette men’s tennis team continued its great start to the season defeating Illinois-Chicago Sunday morning and now stands at 4-0 on the year.

The Golden Eagles defeated the Flames 6-1 winning  two of three doubles matches and and going 5-1 in singles play.

“I give UIC a lot of credit,” coach Steve Rodecap said. “They worked really hard and really pushed us.”

“It was a good test for our guys. I felt like our guys were pushed today harder than they’ve been pushed all year and they got through it.”

One of those pushed was senior Dusan Medan. Medan rallied after being down 3-0 in the second set to take his No. 1 singles match 7-5, 7-5. The senior’s serve was broken three times in that second set, but Medan broke back four times of his own.

Medan’s day began with an 8-5 victory at first doubles with partner and freshman Jacob Strauss.

“At No. 1 doubles we did a really good job just getting the point,” Strauss said. “It was pretty close at the beginning before we pulled ahead.”

Medan agreed with the Texan’s statement.

“I think we played pretty well,” Medan said. “We came up strong in doubles.”

Medan was not the only player to win in both singles and doubles. Strauss complemented his double’s victory with an easy 6-0, 6-2 victory at No.5 singles.

Senior Nico Boulieris was the third Marquette player to win twice. Boulieris flew past his singles opponent 6-1, 6-1 after battling to win at No. 3 singles 8-6 with partner and sophomore Jonathan Schwerin.

Not all of the single’s matches were as easy, however, with three matches going the full three sets, two of those with Marquette as the victor.

“We started slow in singles in a couple spots,” Medan said. “But overall I think everybody fought for each other and that was the key to win.”

Rodecap still believes there is work to be done to continue improving.

“[The matches] did leave us with some things that I feel we need to do better.” Rodecap said.”That is going to be the focus of this week leading up to our next match.”

The Golden Eagles return to action Thursday at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium on Thursday when they welcome Toledo to town.

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