Blue Demons Off to a 2-0 Start, Defeat the University of Chicago
CHICAGO - The No. 74 DePaul men's tennis team walked away from Saturday's doubleheader with an unblemished 2-0 record after blanking the University of Chicago, 7-0. They opened the 2010 dual season earlier today with a 6-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago.
Alasdair Graetz and Vanja Grgec earned the first win of the night, quickly overcoming Troy Brinker and Jan Stefanski, 8-3. The win is the first of the season for the Blue Demon tandem, while they are 4-1 overall.
Ben Hartman and Bartosz Jozwiak concluded the evening unscathed, picking up their second win of the day. The pair secured the doubles point with a 8-1 win over Jonathan Alexander and Kunal Pawa. Hartman and Jozwiak own a team-best 11-2 record this season, and boast a career-record of 17-6.
In the No. 1 doubles match, Garret Brinker and Steve Saltarelli proved to be difficult foes, going game-for-game with Matija Palinic and Mathias Hambach. Despite the evenly matched play, the favor eventually rolled in the Maroons favor, as they broke serve in the end for the 8-6 victory.
In singles action, the Blue Demons went a perfect 6-0 to lock away the shutout. Hartman was the first to finish, cruising to a swift 6-0, 6-0 win in the No. 4 singles slot against Paul Namkoong. Hambach gave up just three games in the first set against G. Brinker, before finding an unstoppable rhythm in the second stanza and win 6-0.
Graetz sealed the victory for DePaul, topping Harrison Abrams 6-3, 6-4, to tally his sixth "W" of the season. Claiming his first dual-season singles-win as a Blue Demon, Perrin used his precision service to gain the advantage over Kunal Pawa, 6-3, 6-3.
Playing in the No. 1 singles match, Matija Palinic squared off with Will Zhang. Palinic controlled the tempo of the match, using effective shot selections to win 6-3, 6-4. Grgec was the last man left on the court, tangling with Saltarelli in the No. 3 match. After taking the first set 6-2, Grgec tallied his ninth singles-win of the season following a 6-4 second-set victory.
The Blue Demons return to action on Fri. January 22, when they welcome Northern Illinois to the Lakeshore Athletic Club. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. (CST)
DePaul 7, University of Chicago 0