Men's Tennis Prepares for Final Regular Season Matches
April 20, 2017
CHICAGO – DePaul men’s tennis travels to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to challenge Marquette on Friday, April 21 at 6 p.m. and host Cleveland State on Saturday at 6:15 p.m. for Senior Day at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness. The matches mark the last ones of the regular season for the Blue Demons.
DePaul (13-9, 2-0 BIG EAST) is back on the court after a BIG EAST road swing. Two weeks ago, the Blue Demons went 2-0 defeating Butler 4-3 and Xavier 5-2. Boris Spanjaard was named BIG EAST Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week after a 4-0 weekend at No. 5 singles and No. 2 doubles with Tim Corwin.
Marquette (13-6, 1-2 BIG EAST) enters the weekend after dropping two BIG EAST contests to Xavier 4-3 and Butler 6-1. Brett Meyers and Greg Anderson lead the Golden Eagles with 12 dual wins this spring.
Last year, DePaul split matches with Marquette. The Blue Demons won the regular season meeting 4-3, but the Golden Eagles were victorious in the BIG EAST Conference Championship semifinals, 4-0.
Cleveland State (8-14, 2-4 Horizon League) travels to Chicago for the first all-time meeting between the two programs. The Vikings are led by Nico Mostardi with 10 dual wins on the season.
After Saturday’s match, the Blue Demons will honor their two seniors, Corwin and Nathan de Veer.
Corwin, a BIG EAST All-Academic Team member and ITA Scholar Athlete has proved to be a staple for the men’s tennis program. The Elm Grove, Wis. native aided the Blue Demons to a 4-1 conference mark last season with an undefeated singles record. Alongside Spanjaard, the doubles pair is unbeaten in conference play at No. 2.
Throughout his three years at DePaul, de Veer has made a lasting impact on the program. The Amsterdam, Netherlands native was named to the BIG EAST All-Conference team following his sophomore season. This season, the senior leads the Blue Demons at the No. 1 singles and doubles positons. Off to a 2-0 conference mark, de Veer is 7-1 in BIG EAST regular season matches in his career.
Following this weekend’s matches, the Blue Demons head to Cayce, S.C. for the 2017 BIG EAST Championships April 28-30.
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