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Men's Tennis Stays Perfect at Home, Tops Western Michigan
Sven Kasper improved to 12-11 on the season on Saturday.  The Blue Demons topped Western Michigan 5-2.

Sven Kasper improved to 12-11 on the season on Saturday. The Blue Demons topped Western Michigan 5-2.

Feb. 26, 2011

CHICAGO - The No. 64 DePaul men's tennis team kept is perfect home record with a 5-2 win over Western Michigan on Saturday.  Playing in front of a large and vocal crowd at the Lakeshore Athletic Club, the Blue Demons swept doubles play and won four singles matches for its tenth win of the season.

The Blue Demons (10-2) set the tone of the match by sweeping the doubles point, despite all three matches going into tense tiebreakers. Playing in the top spot for the first time since Feb. 13 at Furman, George Chantuira and Matija Palinic topped Michael and Thomas Calderone 9-8 (4). 

Filip Dzanko and Ben Hartman snapped their two-match skid with an exciting 9-8 (7) win on the third court, while Sven Kasper and Bartosz Jozwiak improved to 16-8 with their victory in the second position.

After battling for every doubles point, the Blue Demons carried their fight into singles play. 

Jozwiak improved to 7-1 in the fourth position with a dominating 6-3, 6-0 win over Casey Cullen. Jozwiak was the only singles player to finish in straight sets, while the senior has won his last five matches and improves to 17-7 on the season.

Sven Kasper followed with a three-set win over M. Calderone in the top spot.  Kasper dropped the first set 6-3, but rebounded with 6-3, 6-4 wins for his 12th win of the season.

The Broncos (6-6) responded with wins on the sixth and second courts but the Blue Demons did not back down as they took the final two matches to secure the win.

Dzanko clinched DePaul's victory with a 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (2) win over Brad Noel on the fifth court.  Chanturia rounded out the day with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory on the second court.



The Blue Demons return to action at the HEB Invitational in Corpus Christi, Texas, March 4-5.

No. 64 DePaul 5, Western Michigan 2
No. 1 George Chanturia/Matija Palinic def. Michael Calderone/Thomas Calderone 9-8 (4)
No. 2 Sven Kasper/Bartosz Jozwiak def. Pablo Olivarez/Casey Cullen 9-8 (5)
No. 3 Filip Dzunko/Ben Hartman def. Brad Noel/Ross VanderPloeg 9-8 (7)
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

No. 1 Kasper def. M. Calderone 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 2 Olivarez def. Palinic 7-5, 6-7 (6), 7-5
No. 3 Chanturia def. Blomberg 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
No. 4 Jozwiak def. Cullen 6-3, 6-0
No. 5 Dzanko def. Noel 6-1, 5-7, 7-6 (2)
No. 6 VanderPloeg def. Hartman 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
Order of Finish:  4, 1, 6, 2, 5*, 3
*Clinched the Match