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Tigers spoil conference opener

Andrew Marczak posted his 11th singles win on Sunday against DePauw.
Andrew Marczak posted his 11th singles win on Sunday against DePauw.

Denison dropped its North Coast Athletic Conference opener to DePauw, 7-2, on Sunday afternoon in Granville, Ohio.

The Tigers grabbed the early lead thanks to a clean sweep in doubles play.  DePauw cruised to victories at the first and third flights with scores of 8-4 and 8-3, respectively.  At No. 2 doubles, Casey Cempre and Andrew Marczak gave David Moss and Reid Garlock all they could handle.  Through 16 points, the two squads were all square at 8-8.  The DePauw tandem completed the sweep after winning the tiebreaker over Cempre and Marczak.

In singles action, Marczak and sophomore Graham Gettel picked up DU's two victories.  Marczak won a three-set battle with Chris Bertolini at third singles.  Marczak took the early edge with a 6-4 win in set one.  However, a 7-5 victory by Bertolini in the second tied the match at 1-1.  In the final set, the Big Red junior edged his opponent via 10-7 score.

Gettel improved to 8-8 on the year with a straight-set win over Garlock at No. 5 singles.  Gettel doubled up Garlock, 6-3, in the opening set, before completing the sweep with a 6-4 win in the second.

Denison falls to 7-6 and 0-1 in NCAC West Division play, while the Tigers improved to 7-12 overall and 2-0 in league action.  The Big Red opens the final week of the regular season on Wednesday when they travel to Wooster for a nonconference tilt with the Fighting Scots.  Match time is slated for 4:30 p.m.