No. 52 DePaul Travels to Texas
March 3, 2011
CHICAGO – The No. 52 DePaul men’s tennis team heads to Corpus Christi, Texas for the 45th annual HEB Tournament of Champions. The tournament is the longest-running, college team tournament in the nation and begins Friday at the Corpus Christi Country Club and the HEB Tennis Center.
The Blue Demons (10-2) join No. 45 Maryland, No. 46 New Mexico, No. 50 BYU, Purdue, Middle Tennessee, Western Michigan and host No. 54 Texas A&M – Corpus Christi for the two-day tournament.
With eight teams playing in two different locations, all matches will stop when one of the teams clinches the fourth point. The morning matches will begin with doubles play while the afternoon matches will start with singles and only go to doubles in the event of a 3-3 tie after singles matches are finished.
DePaul opens the tournament with No. 50 BYU – the fourth ranked team the Blue Demons have faced this season – at 9 a.m. on Friday and will play either No. 45 Maryland or Western Michigan at 4 p.m.
The Cougars (6-4) are coming off a shutout win over then-No. 48 Denver on Feb. 25.
The Blue Demons have won their last four matches and are 2-1 against ranked opponents this season. The team is led by sophomore Sven Kasper who is the reigning BIG EAST Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week.
Kasper became the first DePaul player since 2002 to earn Player of the Week honors after he defeated Western Michigan’s Michael Calderone 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The win halted a two-match singles skid for the sophomore and was key to the Blue Demons victory over the Broncos. Kasper is 7-5 in the top singles position and improves to 12-11 on the season.
This season, Kasper has teamed-up with Bartosz Jozwiak for a 16-8 record. In duals, the pair is 5-5 in the number one spot and 1-0 in the second position.
Jozwiak leads the Blue Demons with 17 singles victories this season and has won his last five matches.
Following the HEB Tournament, the Blue Demons return to the Lakeshore Athletic Club and host Michigan State on Mar. 12 at 2 p.m..
Following the match, DePaul will celebrate Senior Day and honor the careers of Ben Hartman and Jozwiak. As part of the celebration and fan appreciation, fans will receive pizza and wings at the conclusion doubles play.