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Men’s tennis defeats Toledo

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The Marquette men’s tennis team defeated Toledo Thursday night at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium. The team won 5-2, with senior Mark Rutherford and freshman Otavio Perim dropped their sets late in the game. The win was the fifth straight for the Golden Eagles who are so far undefeated this season.

Marquette has only dropped three sets this season.

“I knew that (Toledo) was going to compete well and once we got the match under control, giving up those last two matches kind of felt like we gave them a morale victory in the end,” coach Steve Rodecap said. “I felt like we needed to win those last two matches that we left out there.”

In doubles play, Marquette defeated Toledo in straight sets 8-1, 8-6, and 8-5.

However, in singles, the play became much more difficult. Freshman Jacob Straus and senior Niko Boulieris handled their opponents easily defeating them 6-1, 6-3 and 6-4, 6-1 respectively.

“There’s no small enemies,” Boulieris said. “Jacob (Straus) did a good job and I did a good job of getting off the court early to help these guys and to help lead them as best as possible.”

Senior Dusan Medan and freshman Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley narrowly defeated their opponents 6-4, 7-6 each, both going into tiebreakers.

“My opponent played well especially his service,” Medan said but he added that even though the team lost the last two games, it still felt like a victory.

However, the last two to play, Rutherford and Perim, went into three sets. Rutherford fell in sudden death after going down 6-7 but coming back 7-6 in the next set. However, he was defeated 10-4 in the tiebreaker.

Perim went down 1-6 and then claimed a close 7-5 second set victory. At one point in the third set, he was down 1-5 but came back to tie it up 5-5 but eventually lost 7-5.

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