Blue Demons play No. 61 Arizona and No. 34 Minnesota
Feb. 9, 2012
CHICAGO - The DePaul men's tennis team heads to Minnesota for a pair of matches this weekend. The Blue Demons are set to square-off with against No. 61 Arizona in a neutral-site dual on Friday before playing No. 34 Minnesota on Sunday. All matches will take place at Minnesota's Baseline Tennis Center.
The Blue Demons (6-3) are coming off a hard-fought 4-3 win at Iowa last week. The victory over the Hawkeyes snapped a two-match skid for the Blue Demons. Against Iowa, the Blue Demons got wins from the first, second, third and fourth singles courts.
Filip Dzanko, who has played his last four matches in the No. 1 position, is 8-0 in duals this season and has won his last nine matches. Dzanko boasts the team's second best record at 16-5, while senior George Chanturia leads the team with his 17-4 mark. Dzanko and Chanturia have split time in the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in DePaul's first nine duals.
Sven Kasper and Mathias Hambach play in the third and fourth spots, respectively. Kasper is 8-9 on the season and is 4-3 in the third position. Hambach boasts a 10-7 record and is 6-2 on the fourth court.
Arizona (3-1) is coming off a 6-1 loss to Cal Poly last week on its home courts. The Wildcats opened their season with a 7-0 win over Northern Arizona, before winning their next two matches 4-3 over Sacramento State and San Francisco. This is Arizona first road trip of the season.
Minnesota (1-3) has dropped its last three matches - all have been to teams ranked in the top 36 including DePaul's BIG EAST Conference foe Louisville. The Gophers are paced by No. 118 Leandro Toledo, who boasts a 12-5 singles record, but it just 1-2 in duals this season.
Following the Blue Demons weekend in Minnesota, DePaul plays New Mexico in Evanston on Feb. 19.