Creighton men’s tennis fell to Marquette at home in a closely fought yet decisive series on Saturday.
All matches were decided within two sets at the Koch Family Tennis Center, where Marquette won the match 4-3.
Seniors Joe Hoff and Stratton Brown started the series of doubles matches with a 6-4 win at the top spot, but Marquette swept the remaining doubles matches 6-4 and 6-3 respectively to take the first point of the day.
The first singles match to finish was Joe Hoff for the No. 6 spot who defeated Jan Jauch 6-1, 6-2.
Brown and fellow senior Jose Oscar Diaz, No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, both fell to their opponents 6-2, 6-3 while Matthew Lanahan, a freshman, lost to Stefan Dragovic in the No. 3 spot 6-3, 6-2.
Freshman Shin Inoue played against Tin Krstulovic and won his match 6-3, 6-3.
“Was one of the big wins I’ve had all season,” said Inoue, Creighton’s No. 4 singles player. “Been losing matches all season, finally closed it. I was happy about it.”
Senior Armando Gandini closed the afternoon with a victory in his match versus Rami Scheetz 7-6 (4), 6-2 at the No. 5 spot.
“He was a strong player, I played really good in the crucial moments of the match,” Gandini said. “I had to bring my A-game to win the match.”
The loss to Marquette marks the second time the Bluejays played on courts outside this season.
Gandini believes that his team did a good job and that Marquette was a tough team.
“I think we had a good chance to win the whole match but we couldn’t convert,” said Gandini.
Both Inoue and Gandini believed that doubles point was the decisive factor that pulled Marquette ahead.
Creighton moved its record to 5-6 for the season. The Bluejays remain 0-11 against Marquette since 2014.
The Bluejays face Augustana for the first time this upcoming Saturday at home.