In a key regional clash, the University of Chicago knocked off Denison, 6-3, on Sunday at the Five Seasons in Burr Ridge, Ill.
The Big Red trailed the Maroons 2-0 after dropping decisions at second (8-3) and third (8-5) doubles. At the first flight, the DU team of Juan Guerra and Grant Veltman battled Chicago's Deepak Sabada and Krishna Ravella. The two doubles teams battled to an 8-8 tie through the first 16 games. In the tiebreaker, Guerra and Veltman posted a dominating 7-3 score to pick up Denison's first point of the match.
In singles play, the Maroons won four of the six flights en route to earning their fourth victory of the season. The Big Red's Casey Cempre and Andrew Marczak posted three-set victories at third and fourth singles, respectively. After dropping the opening set 6-3 to Jake Crawford, Cempre rebounded by taking the next two via 6-4, 6-2 decisions. Marczak dropped a narrow 7-6 decision in his first set against Alexander Golovin. However, the junior regrouped to win the second, 6-4. In the third-and-final set, Marczak edged out a 10-6 in the superbreaker.
Denison falls to 2-2 on the year, while the Maroons improve to 4-1. The Big Red returns to action on March 10 when they take on George Mason in Hilton Head, S.C. Match time is slated for 12 p.m.