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Singles Play Dominates Bulldogs' Efforts At ITA Central Regional

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: October 19, 2012
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Drake men's tennis team had five players advance in the main singles draw at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional on Friday (Oct. 19) after posting a 5-1 mark in singles en route to an 8-4 combined singles/doubles ledger overall.

In doubles, the 59th-rated duo of seniors Anis Ghorbel (Sfax, Tunisia) and James McKie (Edinburgh, Scotland) earned a pair of victories to move into the round of 16.  The tandem opened its day edging Luke Elifson and Parker Lawley of South Dakota State, 8-2, before downing Minnesota's Mathieu Froment and Juan Pablo Ramirez, 8-5.

Senior Jean Erasmus (Windhoek, Namibia) moved forward in the main singles draw downing Bradley's Juan Diego Cuadrado, 6-2, 7-5.

Ghorbel, who is ranked No. 87 in the preseason ITA singles rankings, dispatched Abdul Alawadhi of Missouri, 6-1, 6-4.

Junior Robin Goodman (Cambridge, England) opened his tournament besting in-state foe Matt Hagen of Iowa, 6-3, 6-2.

Sophomore Alen Salibasic (Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina) was forced to go three sets in his showdown with Alejandro Espejo Sanchez of Tulsa before pulling out a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 victory.

McKie capped off the day for Drake registering a 6-1, 6-0 win over James Thorp of South Dakota State.

Competition in the main draw in both singles and doubles resumes on Saturday (Oct. 20).

ITA CENTRAL REGIONAL

OCT. 19 • MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.

SINGLES:

Jean Erasmus (DU) def. Juan Diego Cuadrado (BU), 6-2, 7-5

Anis Ghorbel (DU) def. Abdul Alawadhi (MIZZOU), 6-1, 6-4

Matheus Pereira (WSU) def. Ben Mullis (DU), 6-3, 6-2

Robin Goodman (DU) def. Matt Hagen (IOWA), 6-3, 6-2

Alen Salibasic (DU) def. Alejandro Espejo Sanchez (TULSA), 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

James McKie (DU) def. James Thorp (SDSU), 6-1, 6-0

DOUBLES:

Lawrence Fornmentera/Harry Warden (OKLA) def. Ryan Drake/Grant Tesmer (DU), 8-1

No. 59 Ghorbel/McKie (DU) def. Luke Elifson/Parker Lawley (SDSU), 8-2

No. 59 Ghorbel/McKie (DU) def. Mathieu Froment/Juan Pablo Ramirez (MINN), 8-5

Peerakit Siributwong/Leonard Stakhovsky (OKLA) def. Lott/Salibasic (DU), 8-6

Erasmus/Goodman (DU) def. Chris Haworth/Trevor Horstmann (OKST), 8-1

Guillermo Alcorta/Axel Alverez (OKLA) def. Erasmus/Goodman (DU), 8-6

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