Alasdair Graetz Sends DePaul Past Texas A&M Corpus Christi
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The DePaul men's tennis team snapped a three-match skid with an exciting 4-3 win over HEB Team Tournament host, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on Friday.
The Blue Demons (6-9) took the doubles point, and in dramatic fashion the dual came down to the final singles match with Alasdair Graetz claiming victory and DePaul snapping its three match losing streak.
"For the first time this year, I feel we really came together as a team, both on and off the court," head coach Matt Brothers said following the victory. "We really showed what we are capable of and I am proud of these guys."
After Ben Hartman and Bartosz Jozwiak dropped the number one match, Vanja Grgec and Mathias Hambach put DePaul on the board with an 8-6 win over Andrew Maingot and Nathan Robinson in the number two spot. Douglas Perrin and Graetz clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 win over Robert Raguz and Alex Pavlov.
TAMUCC (4-6) quickly tied the match at one and the back-and-forth match ensued. DePaul's one-two punch of Grgec and Hambach in the number five and six spots provided the Blue Demons with momentum and energy. Grgec gave DePaul a 2-1 advantage when he overtook Pavlov 6-1, 6-3 and Hambach followed with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Nathan Robinson.
The Blue Demons needed just one more singles victory to clinch the victory, but the Islanders battled and evened the dual at three with wins in the fourth and first spot.
All eyes turned to Graetz who won the first set 6-3, but stumbled in the second set as Duje Janjic rebounded for a 7-5 win. With the match all tied up and the dual on the line, Graetz battled and won the tiebreaker 9-7.
With the win, DePaul plays No. 23 BYU at 4 p.m. today. The Blue Demons and Cougars meet for the second time this season -- BYU topped DePaul 6-0 at the Harvard Invitational on Jan. 30.
DePaul 4, Texas A&M-CC 3