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Drake Duo To Play For ITA Central Regional Title

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Release: October 20, 2013
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TULSA, Okla. - A pair of victories propelled the Drake men’s tennis doubles tandem of senior Robin Goodman (Cambridge, England) and junior Ravi Patel (London, England) into the championship doubles match of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional, while sophomore Ben Lott (Newcastle, England) and junior Matt Frost (Cambridge, England) will vie for the right to right to play for a singles title after victories on Sunday (Oct. 20).

Goodman and Patel will battle Minnesota’s Mathieu Froment and Jack Hamburg on Monday (Oct. 21) for the right to become the Bulldogs’ first-ever doubles team to capture a berth in next month's ITA National Indoor Championship by winning the ITA Central Regional title.

Goodman and Patel opened their day by besting Carlos Bautista and Daniel Santos of Tulsa, 8-4.  The duo then registered an 8-7 (5) triumph past Austin Siegel and Dane Webb from Oklahoma.

In singles, it was a battle of teammates in a pair of matches to determine which two Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals.

In the upper half of the draw, sophomore Ben Lott (Newcastle, England) edged Goodman, 6-4, 6-3 to set up a match versus top-seeded Webb, who is rated No. 44 nationally, in the semifinals.

In the bottom half of the draw, Frosted garnered a 6-1, 6-4 decision over junior Alen Salibasic (Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina).  He moves into the semifinals to face third-seeded Axel Alvarez of Oklahoma, who is ranked No. 85 nationally.

In the quarterfinals of the consolation singles bracket junior Ben Mullis (Leicestershire, England) and freshman Euan McIntosh (Edinburgh, Scotland) won their respective matches to move into the semifinal round.  A leg injury forced Mullis to withdraw from the tournament, while McIntosh was bested by Tom Blackwell of Nebraska, 6-1, 6-3.

Competition concludes for the Bulldogs at the ITA Central Regional on Monday (Oct. 21) with singles action beginning at 9:00 a.m. The doubles title match is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m.

ITA CENTRAL REGIONAL

OCT. 20, 2013 • TULSA, OKLA.

SINGLES:

Ben Mullis (DU) vs. Daniel Santos (TULSA), 6-4, 7-6 (5)

Ben Lott (DU) def. No. 88 Robin Goodman (DU), 6-4, 6-3

Matt Frost (DU) def. Alen Salibasic (DU), 6-1, 6-4

Euan McIntosh (DU) def. Court Clark (NEB), 7-6 (3), 6-2

Tom Blackwell (NEB) def. Euan McIntosh (DU), 6-1, 6-3

DOUBLES:

Goodman/Patel (DU) def. Carlos Bautista/Daniel Santos (TULSA), 8-4

Goodman/Patel (DU) def. Austin Siegel/Dane Webb (OKLA), 8-7 (5)

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