Singles Play Dominates Bulldogs' Efforts At ITA Central Regional
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.
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
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