Jan. 29, 2015
The Marquette University men's tennis team looks to claim its first road win of the 2014-15 dual match campaign when the team heads out east to begin its three-match away stint.
The Golden Eagles will face VCU on Friday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. CT and No. 38 Virginia Tech on Saturday, Jan. 31 at noon CT at the Thalhimer Tennis Center in Lynchburg, Virginia.
"We will be facing two really good teams this weekend," head coach Steve Rodecap said. "VCU has a rich tradition in our sport and will be a big test for us on the road. They are off to a strong start this season, and will provide us a great opportunity.
"Virginia Tech may have its best team in years and will be a very good ACC team this year," Rodecap added. "Like VCU, they are off to a very strong start, beating Alabama and really pushing North Carolina this past weekend. We will certainly need to be at our best and we look forward to a challenging weekend of tennis."
Marquette (1-1) notched its first victory of dual competition after downing IUPUI 7-0 at the home last week. Andre Romanello won both his matches on the singles and doubles front, mostly recently notching a 6-4, 6-4, 1-0 win at the No. 5 singles in a tie breaking match. The freshman and Gleb Sklyr also teamed up to notch 6-4 victory at the No. 3 doubles.
VCU and No. 38 Virginia Tech take on MU after playing in separate ITA Indoor competitions the weekend before.
The Rams (5-1) lost to Louisville 4-0, but won against defending Atlantic 10 Champs, George Washington 4-3. Jacob Svensson and Catalin Fifea won their three-set matches back-to-back, which propelled the Rams comeback win against the Colonials.
No. 38 Virginia Tech (3-1) opened with a win against No. 36 Alabama, but lost to No. 7 North Carolina. Joao Monteiro was the lone VT player to notch a win against the Tar Heels, claiming a 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 victory at the No. 5 singles. The Hokies are led on the singles front by No. 35 Amerigo Contini and Hunter Koontz, who remain 3-0.