Perrin Pushes DePaul Past Marquette, Blue Demons Advance to Semifinals
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - It was Déjà Vu for the DePaul men's tennis team as the Blue Demons handed Marquette its second 4-3 loss in less than six days. The fifth seeded DePaul team moves into the semifinals and just like in 2009 will face Louisville for a chance to play for the BIG EAST Conference Championship.
"This is what we have been looking for all season," DePaul head coach Matt Brothers said with a pause as a smile appeared on his face. "We are a good team and we are just starting to show it."
DePaul has played some of its best tennis of the season in the last two weeks - topping Old Dominion on April 9 and now the Golden Eagles twice in the same week. The Blue Demons' last four matches have come down to one singles match, while today it was Douglas Perrin on the number six position who carried the load for DePaul.
After the Blue Demons went down 3-1, Bartosz Jozwiak picked up a 6-4, 6-3 win over Mark Rutherford on the second court which put all the attention on courts five and six which were each entering the deciding third set.
"I use the crowd as motivation," Perrin said following his fourth consecutive victory in the number six position. "I play better when I get pumped up and focus more knowing that I have to play my game to win."
The sophomore, who dropped the first set 7-6 (6), refocused and went at Jonathan Schwerin in the second set, and took a decisive 6-3 win to even the match at one apiece.
With a large crowd gathering, including the women's team that topped Louisville 4-0, near the fifth and six courts, Vanja Grgec finished off Jacob Straus, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to put all the pressure on Perrin.
With the match on the line, Perrin broke Schwein's serve and took the final game 7-5 to send the Blue Demons to the semifinals.
"Perseverance has been the word of the month," Brothers added. "Perseverance is what each individual player showed today.
"It is tough to come back after losing the doubles point and we did that again today. There is a lot of fight left in these guys.
Win or lose our guys are going to believe they can get the job done until the last point is won."
DePaul plays top seeded Louisville on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CST) at Notre Dame's Courtney Tennis Center.
DePaul 4, Marquette 3