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Sophomore Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley went undefeated in two matches over this past weekend. Photo Courtesy of Marquette Images.

Bounce. Toss. Swing. Simultaneous serves by senior Jose Manuel Munoz at No. 1 doubles and freshman Dan Mamalat at No. 4 doubles resulted in aces for both and started the Marquette men’s tennis team off on the right note for the weekend.

The men faced both Detroit (6-12) and Wisconsin-Green Bay (12-7) over the weekend, beating both the Titans and the Phoenix 6-1.

Taking Detroit by surprise Saturday, the men won each of their first games of doubles play in less than 10 minutes.

Doubles was a huge improvement compared to the team’s match against Toledo April 1, coach Steve Rodecap said.

“There’s going to be a lot of highs and lows in the course of a match,” Rodecap said. “It’s how you handle yourself in the lows that’s typically going to be the determining factor.”

The men won all six of their doubles matches during the weekend.

Munoz and junior Jonathan Schwerin were the only pair to face a tough match at the No. 1 position, against Detroit sophomore duo Alex Latosinsky and Pablo Nunez, but still won 8-7.

“Sometimes we went for plays that were a little too safe,” Schwerin said. “We didn’t have that aggressive mindset.”

Of their last five dual match victories, the men have only lost one doubles point, which was to Furman on Feb. 20.

Winning the doubles point against Furman would have given the men a greater advantage, but strong singles play was able to secure that win. Singles helped in the two matches during the weekend as well.

Mamalat, who fell to Detroit sophomore Cesar Escobar Serrano (2-6, 7-6, 1-0) in the tiebreaking set at No. 2, was the only loss for the Golden Eagles on Saturday.

“It’s going to be important for him to keep his confidence high, keep his head up and be ready to battle (Sunday),” Rodecap said at the conclusion of Saturday’s match.

Mamalat faced a tough battle against Green Bay junior Paul Swanson Sunday.

After losing his first set 7-5, Mamalat outplayed Swanson in the second set, winning 6-0, and finished the match with a 6-4 win in the third.

“I made it a goal that if I had chances to win I was going to make sure that I attacked and came up to the net a lot,” Mamalat said. “That won me a lot of points.”

Sophomore Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley also made it tough for both the Titans and Phoenix, as he closed out the weekend undefeated in No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles matches.

With a young team, Rodecap has looked for underclassmen to step up. Freshman Thibault Troude is one who has made progress in the lineup.

Troude, following Crowley’s example, also had an undefeated weekend.

The France native forced a third tiebreaking set against Detroit junior Nick Tolomei and won 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-3). With doubles partner, sophomore Otavio Perim, the pair won both No. 3 doubles matches over Detroit, 8-1, and Green Bay, 8-3.

“I didn’t know that he would be in our top six in singles,” Rodecap said.  “He’s really proven that he wants to be out there.”

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