Men's Tennis Sweeps Saturday Doubleheader Over Butler, IUPUI
March 8, 2014
CHICAGO -- The DePaul men's tennis team took down Butler in a 4-3 thriller on Saturday and then followed it up with a convincing 6-1 victory over IUPUI just a few hours later for its third and fourth wins of the season.
DePaul improved to 4-9 overall. The Blue Demons snapped a four-match skid with their wins today.
In the opener against Butler, the Blue Demons rallied after losing the doubles point to the visiting Bulldogs, taking 4-of-6 singles matches. Filip Dzanko topped Pulok Bhattacharya in the No. 1 spot, 6-3, 6-3, and Sten Leusink won at No. 3 singles, 6-1, 6-4, over Sam O'Neill. Also picking up wins in singles for the Blue Demons were Joshua Schramm, who beat Brandon Woods in the No. 4 spot (6-2, 6-3), and Kyle Johnson, who defeated Billy Weldon at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-2.
Butler fell to 7-4 with the loss.
DePaul rode its momentum it built up during the Butler match into the IUPUI contest at 6:30 p.m. The Blue Demons won the doubles point, taking the No. 2 and No. 3 matches to grab a 1-0 lead. Johnson and Leusink (No. 2) beat Jacob Bradley and Thomas Gans, 8-7 (2), and Jan-Willem Feilzer and Adam Reinhart (No. 3) defeated Jason Jaruvang and Manuel Laboy, 8-5.
In singles play, DePaul picked up 5-of-6 matches to clinch the match. Filip Dzanko won again at No. 1, beating Jaruvang, 6-4, 6-1. Leusink beat O'Neill, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 3 singles and Schramm topped Gans, 6-2, 6-1, in the No. 4 slot. At No. 5 singles, Johnson downed Akshay Verma, 6-2, 6-3, and Feilzer posted a win at No. 6 singles -- a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Laboy.
The Blue Demons next hit the court on March 15 against Xavier.