Shutout Victory Puts Men's Tennis in BIG EAST Semifinals
TAMPA, Fla. The DePaul men’s tennis team opened its stay at the BIG EAST Conference Championships on Friday with a 4-0 shutout over Marquette. The No. 5 seed Blue Demons followed the doubles point by taking three singles victories from the Golden Eagles at the USF P.E. Courts. DePaul moves on to face top seed Notre Dame in Saturday’s semifinals.
The Blue Demons opened their day with a pair of wins in doubles competition. Juniors Austin Doerner and Jose Moncada recorded an 8-5 victory over Brett Binkley and Mark Rutherford in the top match. DePaul’s freshman duo of Ben Hartman and Adam Williams defeated Trent Hagan and Niko Boulieris, 8-5, in the No. 3 match.
Singles competition saw the Blue Demons put away the Golden Eagles with wins in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 matches. Moncada posted a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Hagan in the top spot, while Doerner cruised past Dusan Medan with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles. Sophomore Alasdair Graetz gave DePaul a three-set victory over Boulieris at No. 4 singles. After suffering a 6-3 loss in the first set, Graetz rallied for a 7-6 win in the second frame and a 6-2 victory in the third set.
Marquette (15-6) moves to consolation play for a match against No. 8 seed Villanova.
DePaul (15-9, 3-1 BIG EAST) challenges defending champion Notre Dame tomorrow at 11 a.m. (CST). The winner advances to Sunday’s championship match to face the winner of No. 2 Louisville versus No. 3 USF.