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Blue Demons Men's Tennis Wins Pair Over Weekend

Feb. 12, 2001 - The DePaul men's tennis team got back on track over the weekend after suffering through a five-match losing streak at the start of the season. The Demons beat Northern Iowa 6-1 and Western Michigan 5-2 to bring their dual match record to 3-5 on the season.

On Friday night the Demons played their first home match of the season against Northern Iowa. The Demons escaped with the doubles point with a split at No. 1 and 2, and a comeback victory at No. 3. The Demons then went on to win 5 of 6 singles matches, including 2 three-setters to come away with the match 6-1.

"It was nice to finally be at home playing a match, seeing familiar faces and playing on familiar courts. Our last five matches may have been different had we been able to play a couple of them at home," said Dan Bennett.

The Demons followed that victory with a big 5-2 victory away at Western Michigan on Sunday afternoon. After coming down to the final match the last two years, the Demons were able to put the match away on the strength of their singles play, winning 5 out of 6 matches. Jevgenji Cariov continued his winning ways at No. 1 with a straight set victory, while Maciek Jozwiak defeated Fernando Garcia for the second straight year. Robert Kurek avenged a loss to Ryan Tomlinson in January with a big three-set win. Dan Bennett continued his solid play with a win at #5, and Andy Michael fought back after dropping the first set to win in three at #6.

"While I'm happy with the victory, we clearly need to work on our doubles play. It's tough to start 1-0 down in every match. But it feels good to finally break through against a potential NCAA Tournament team," said Coach Mike Benson.

The Demons have this weekend off before traveling to Bowling Green on Feb. 23.

Complete Results are as follows:

2/9 v. Northern Iowa

Jevgenij Cariov (DU) def. Sippala (UNI) 6-2, 6-3
Maciek Jozwiak (DU) def. Walsh (UNI) 6-0, 6-4
Krog (UNI def. Robert Kurek (DU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
Sanjay Jeram (DU) def. Msiska (UNI) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
Andy Michael (DU) def. Ferreira (UNI) 7-6, 6-2
Neil Johnston (DU) def. Houghton (UNI) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3

Cariov/Kurek (DU) def. Msiska/Sippala (UNI) 8-1
Walsh/Krog (UNI) def. Michael/Jozwiak (DU) 8-6
Jeram/Bennett (DU) def. Ferreira/Hougton (UNI) 8-6

2/11 at Western Michigan

Jevgenij Cariov (DU) def. Steve Pillon (WMU) 6-4, 6-2
Maciek Jozwiakk (DU) def. Fernando Garcia (WMU) 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-1
Robert Kurek (DU) def. Ryan Tomlinson (WMU) 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3
Ravishankar Pathanjali (WMU) def. Sanjay Jeram (DU) 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Dan Bennett (DU) def. Erik Lindroos (WMU) 6-1, 7-6 (4)
Andy Michael (DU) def. Christian Brattstrom (WMU) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

Cariov/Kurek (DU) def. Pillon/Tomlinson (WMU) 9-7
Ryan Maarschalk/Pathanjali (WMU) def. Jozwiak/Michael (DU) 8-4
Garcia/Kai Blache (WMU) def. Bennett/Jeram (DU) 8-2