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Seniors James McKie and Anis Ghorbel
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Ghorbel And McKie Upset Nation's Top-Rated Doubles Team At ITA Central Regional

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: October 21, 2012
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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - In arguably one of the biggest victories in Drake men's tennis history, the 59th-rated duo of seniors Anis Ghorbel (Sfax, Tunisia) and James McKie (Edinburgh, Scotland) upset the No. 1 doubles team in the country on Sunday (Oct. 21) to advance to the championship match at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional.

Ghorbel and McKie moved into the semifinal round after dispatching fellow Missouri Valley Conference rivals Alvaro Gutierrez and Matheus Pereira of Wichita State, 9-7.

The tandem then faced the daunting task of battling the top-rated duo of Costin Paval and Dane Webb from Oklahoma.  The Bulldogs proved up to the challenge registering an 8-5 triumph.

The championship doubles match of the ITA Central Regional is slated for 12:00 p.m. on Monday (Oct. 22) where Ghorbel and McKie will meet Guillermo Alcorta and Axel Alverez of Oklahoma.

In singles, Ghorbel and junior Robin Goodman (Cambridge, England) nearly made it an all-Drake finale as each came up short in their respective semifinal matches.

Ghorbel, who is ranked No. 87 in the preseason ITA singles rankings, dealt Paval, who is rated No. 6 nationally, a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 setback in the quarterfinals.

With little time to recover after a grueling match, Ghorbel fell short in his showdown with No. 50 Leandro Toledo of Minnesota, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Goodman handed 44th-rated Clifford Marsland of Tulsa a 6-4, 6-4 loss in the quarterfinals before dropping a 6-3 6-0 decision against No. 28 Alcorta of Oklahoma.

Besting sophomore Alen Salibasic (Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina) in the quarterfinals was Alcorta, 6-3, 6-2.

ITA CENTRAL REGIONAL

OCT. 21 • MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.

SINGLES:

No. 87 Anis Ghorbel (DU) def. No. 6 Costin Paval (OKLA), 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

No. 50 Leandro Toledo (MINN) def. No. 87 Anis Ghorbel (DU), 7-6 (5), 6-4

Robin Goodman (DU) def. No. 44 Clifford Marsland (TULSA), 6-4, 6-4

No. 28 Guillermo Alcorta (OKLA) def. Robin Goodman (DU), 6-3, 6-0

No. 28 Guillermo Alcorta (OKLA) def. Alen Salibasic (DU), 6-3, 6-2

DOUBLES:

No. 59 Ghorbel/McKie (DU) def. Alvaro Gutierrez/Matheus Pereira (WSU), 9-7

No. 59 Ghorbel/McKie (DU) def. No. 1 Costin Paval/Dane Webb (OKLA), 8-5

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