Both the Marquette men’s and women’s tennis teams will open their respective seasons this weekend, as Marquette hosts the Milwaukee Tennis Classic. The men will take on Wisconsin-Madison, Air Force and Ball State, while the women will battle Colorado State, Florida International and Western Michigan.
The men finished off the 2012-13 season just above .500 with a 14-13 record and placed fourth in the Big East Championship. The team graduated just one senior last season and will bring back plenty of experienced talent. Senior Dan Mamalat was named to the All-Big East Conference team last year, and is one of two seniors on the team. Logon Collins is the other senior, and was strong in doubles play throughout the Big East Championship.
Vukasin Teofanovic is coming off a career season, where he had 24 wins, the highest on the team. Cameron Tehrani also had 24 wins last season, his second straight year with 20-plus wins.
The women enter the 2013-14 season with the exact same team as last season, just with an extra year of experience. The team finished 13-13 overall, but just a 1-5 record in Big East play. Rocio Diaz is the only senior on the team and was named to the All-Big East Academic team.
Vanessa Folinger will look to add to her impressive sophomore year. Folinger posted a 12-3 record in singles and a 9-3 record in doubles, the second and first highest winning percentages on the team, respectively. Erin Gebes had the best winning percentage, going 11-2 in singles play as a freshman.
Men’s singles will play Ball State on Friday, Air Force on Saturday and Wisconsin on Sunday, while doubles will play Wisconsin on Friday, Ball State on Saturday and Air Force on Sunday. Women’s singles will play Florida International on Friday, Western Michigan on Saturday and Colorado State on Sunday, while doubles will play Colorado State on Friday, Florida international on Saturday and Western Michigan on Sunday.