DePaul Men’s Tennis Weekend in Las Vegas

CHICAGO — As Chicagoans make their way through the last remnants of winter, the DePaul men’s tennis team will spend the weekend in Las Vegas, where the thermometer will hover between 69 and 73 degrees.

It’s another opportunity for the Blue Demons to train and compete away in preparation for next month’s BIG EAST Championships in Cayce, South Carolina.

Coach Matt Brothers brought his team to Corpus Christi, TX and Charlotte, NC over the past three weeks to acclimate his players to outdoor play.

The opener in the entertainment capital of the world is scheduled for Saturday against an UNLV side that started 4-0 before losing seven straight. Losses to No. 17 ITA-ranked Arizona, No. 31 California and No. 41 SMU are included in the tough streak.

The Rebels are led by Christopher Bulus, who is 11-4 and ranked No. 76 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. UNLV is 4-1 at home, Fertitta Tennis Complex.

Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Year Vito Tonejc will likely face Bulus. Tonejc had won his first 10 doubles matches of the spring season before falling last weekend to No. 49 Charlotte’s No. 1 singles player.

Overall, Tonejc is 18-7 as a freshman Matteo Iaquinto is 15-9 years old and classmate Marin Jakic is 8-4 in double seasons and 13-11 overall.

Tonejc and Jakic form the Blue Demons’ best doubles team with a sparkling 9-3, 14-7 aggregate double record. Lars Peder Minsaas and Luuk Wassenaar are 5-2 in duels and 7-4 overall.

On Sunday, the “Band of Brothers” will face Seattle at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. The Redhawks got off to a 0-5 start and have gone 4-7 since, including wins over Oral Roberts, Eastern Washington and Pacific.

Results and recaps can be viewed at depaulbluedemons.com.

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