Big ten squads deal men’s and women’s first losses of season

Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics
Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics

The men’s tennis team, played two matches in three days over the weekend in Minnesota and at home.

Friday, the men travelled to Minneapolis to take on No. 39 Minnesota. It was an unlucky day for the whole team except for junior Cameron Tehrani, who was the lone Marquette player to go undefeated for the day. Tehrani and freshman Nick Dykema took down Minnesota’s Eric Frueh and Ruben Weber 6-2 at third doubles posting the team’s only doubles win of the day. Tehrani is also responsible for the team’s only point by defeating Jeremy Lynn at fifth singles in 3 sets (3-6, 6-3, 6-4). Minnesota won the match 4-1.

The men travelled back home to Helfaer Tennis Stadium for their match against University Illinois-Chicago Sunday. The quick turnaround from the loss did not affect the players’ confidence, as they swept UIC 7-0.

Freshman Mackenzie Stearns made his collegiate debut at No. 6 singles and grabbed his first career win 6-0, 6-2. Dykema and Kristiyan Trukov, the other two freshmen on the team, started and won at No. 4 and No. 5 singles. First doubles partners Vukasin Teofanovic and Dan Mamalat went undefeated in both doubles and first and second singles respectively. Senior Logon Collins won 6-4, 6-3 against Carl Hedstrom at third singles.

The women played their second home match of the season Saturday against their bitter rivals from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The women fell 5-2 in a close and well-fought match. Marquette’s second doubles team of Erin Gebes and Rocio Diaz won in a pro set 8-1. Both women also won their singles matches giving Marquette its two points for the day. Gebes defeated Lauren Burich at second singles in a third set super tiebreaker (6-3, 4-6, 10-6). Diaz won 6-4, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.

The men have a double header on the East Coast this weekend against Princeton and Penn. The women continue at home as they take on Iowa State Friday at 4 p.m.

Story by Hayley Keith

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