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Demons Fall To Marquette 4-3

Apr. 5, 2001 - The DePaul Men's Tennis team lost a nail-biter yesterday at the Lakeshore Athletic Club, falling 4-3 to conference-rival Marquette.

In doubles, Robert Kurek and Maciek Jozwiak continued their solid play at no. 1 by knocking off Peter Mojzis and Raj Gill 8-4. However, the no. 2 and no. 3 teams went down to preserve the doubles point for Marquette. Andy Michael and Jevgenji Cariov lost to Bart Cordemeijer and Brian Verban 8-4, as Cariov was hobbled by a shoulder injury and did not play in the singles matches. David Pitsch and Dan Bennett lost the deciding match to Justin Holsen and Kent Davies at the no. 3 spot 8-6.

In singles, each court started off decisively one way or the other. At no. 2, no. 4 and no. 6, DePaul started off by destroying its opponent in the first set, while on the other three courts, Marquette was having its way. The Demons cruised at two, for and six, but Jozwiak fell at no. 1, meaning DePaul led 3-2 with Sanjay Jeram and Andy Michael still on the court.

Michael was unable to find the answer in the third set against Brian Verban, as he took the third set tiebreaker 7-1. Sanjay Jeram also fell in the third set to give the Golden Eagles the 4-3 victory.

"Today was the low point of our season I think. To come out with such a flat effort against perhaps our biggest rival is very disappointing. It hurts even more when you beat yourselves," said junior co-captain Neil Johnston.

DePaul hosts a doubleheader on Saturday against Saint Louis and Hawaii. The first match begins at 11 a.m. at the Lakeshore Athletic Club.

Complete scores are as follows:

Peter Mojzis (M) def. Maciek Jozwiak (D) 6-2, 6-2
Robert Kurek (D) def. Bart Cordemeijer (M) 6-2, 6-4
Raj Gill (M) def. Sanjay Jeram (D) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2
Dan Bennett (D) df. Justin Holsen (M) 6-2, 6-1
Brian Verban (M) def. Andy Michael (D) 6-1, 1-6, 7-6
Neil Johnston (D) def. Frank Rigo (M) 6-1, 6-1 Doubles:
Jozwiak/Kurek (D) def. Mojzis/Gill 8-4
Verban/Cordemeijer (M) def. Michael/Jevgenji Cariov 8-4
Holsen/Kent Davies (M) def. David Pitsch/Bennett 8-6