Tennis teams fall in semifinals of Big East Tournament

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Photo via Marquette Images

Photo via Marquette Images

The men’s and women’s tennis teams travelled to Flushing, N.Y. this past weekend to compete in the Big East Tournament. Marquette started tournament play Friday, May 25.

The men took on Creighton and came away with a 4-0 quarterfinals win. Second doubles team junior Cameron Tehrani and freshman Nick Dykema kicked off the match with a win followed by junior Vukasin Teofanovic and senior Dan Mamalat winning at first doubles. Dykema brought in the first point in singles play at the No. 4 position. Bringing in the remaining two points were Teofanovic at No. 2 singles and Tehrani at No. 5 singles.

The men moved onto the semi-finals and fell 3-4 to No. 3 seed DePaul. The men started off the match strong, winning at second and third doubles. DePaul took the first and second courts in singles play. Marquette responded by winning No. 4 and No. 5 singles to go up by one. However, DePaul rallied and won the match by defeating Marquette senior Logon Collins (No. 3) and freshman Kristiyan Trukov (No. 6). The men finished their season with a 16-9 record overall.

The women also had a strong run in the Big East Tournament, making it to the semi-finals. Friday, the second-seeded Golden Eagles took on No. 10 seed Butler. The women swept the Bulldogs 5-0 in the quarterfinals. The women showed their strength by winning the doubles point to start the match. Sixth singles senior Rocio Diaz clinched the win for the Golden Eagles with a 6-0, 6-2 win. Also bringing in points for the win were junior Ana Pimienta (No. 1 singles), junior Vanessa Foltinger (No. 3 singles), and sophomore Aina Hernandez Soler (No. 4 singles).

The women advanced to the semi-finals Saturday and faced No. 3 seed Xavier. Aina Hernandez Soler and Pimienta began the match with a third doubles win followed by second doubles team Diaz and Erin Gebes’s 17th win of the season. Xavier came back from its doubles play loss to win all four of its points in singles play. Marquette fought hard but was unable to pull out the win. Junior Ali Dawson (No. 3 singles) and sophomore Aina Hernandez Soler (No. 6 singles) scored the last two points for Marquette. The women ended their with a 13-11 season record.

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