Men’s tennis dropped a pair of Big East road matches last weekend, 6-1 at Marquette on Friday and 6-1 on Saturday at DePaul.
On Friday, the Jays struggled to get wins in the doubles competition. Sophomore Matthew Lanahan was able to get the Bluejays on the board, getting a 6-4, 6-3 win over the Golden Eagles’ Will Tennison at the No. 5 singles spot.
That was the only point the Jays were able to muster up that afternoon with no other Jays being able to win in singles.
Though they were able to get one more win in the doubles category against the Gold- en Eagles, a win earned by Creighton sophomores Zack Maline and Shin Inoue in an enthralling 6-4 match, it didn’t not count towards the final score as Marquette had already secured the doubles point.
“We had a few guys who just weren’t able to get anything going and played poorly,” coach Tom Lilly said. “The lack of focus and giving away too many points and games was frustrating, especially considering it was a conference match. Hopefully, our guys got it out of their system and can compete for a full match [Saturday].”
Saturday’s matchup in Chicago against the DePaul Blue Demons did not, however, show any signs of improvement from the day prior for the Bluejays.
The Blue Demons took an early lead by winning the first two doubles games over the Jays, earning the Blue Demons the first point of the day.
The Jays did not have much better results in the singles category. The sole exception was Inoue who was able to be a bright spot for the Jays. Inoue secured the lone Bluejays point with a 6-1, 6-3 win over DePaul’s Lars Minsaas at the No.4 singles spot.
“We had a few chances on some courts in the singles but just came up short,” Lilly said. “Hopefully we improved this weekend despite the losses and can prepare for our final few matches at home and then conference [tournament].”
The losses set the Jays back to a record of 6-8 but they are hopeful they can have a great week of practice and turn their luck around for the rest of the season.
Creighton will host Midland on Friday be- fore traveling to Drake Saturday and will conclude the regular season on April 15 at home against Doane. The Big East championship tournament will take place in South Carolina from April 22-24.