DES MOINES, Iowa - In the first of two matches on the day for the Drake men's tennis squad, the Bulldogs opened their home campaign registering a 7-0 triumph past Graceland University on Friday (Feb. 1) at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The win marked Drake's 24th-consecutive home victory dating back to the 2010 campaign.
The No. 43 Bulldogs garnered triumphs in all three doubles matches, securing the tally on the strength of an 8-1 decision from senior Jean Erasmus (Windhoek, Namibia) and sophomore Alen Salibasic (Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina) at the No. 1 position over Raul Mendez and Rodolfo Sanchez.
Ghorbel dispatched Mendez at No. 1, 6-0, 6-1, while Mullis bettered Ignacio Osse at No. 4, 6-0, 6-1.
Senior James McKie (Edinburgh, Scotland), the current Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week, clinched the match, downing David Uquillas at the No. 2 slot, 6-3, 6-2.
Adding to Drake's win total in the affair with triumphs at the Nos. 3, 5 and 6 positions, respectively, was Erasmus, sophomore Grant Tesmer (Lincoln, Neb.) and senior Ryan Drake (Hilton Head Island, S.C.).
The Bulldogs close out their day entertaining UMKC in a 4:00 p.m. matinee affair at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
NO. 43 DRAKE (2-1) DEF GRACELAND (0-1), 7-0
FEB. 1, 2013 • ROGER KNAPP TENNIS CENTER
No. 1 No. 35 Anis Ghorbel def. Raul Mendez (GU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 No. 68 James McKie def. David Uquillas (GU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Jean Erasmus (DU) def. Rodolfo Sanchez (GU), 7-5, 6-0
No. 4 No. 109 Ben Mullis def. Ignacio Osse (GU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Grant Tesmer (DU) def. Brezile Hamilton (GU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 Ryan Drake (DU) def. Juan Jose Mateus (GU), 7-5, 7-3
Order of finish: 1,4,2,5,6,3
No. 1 Erasmus/Alen Salibasic (DU) def. Mendez/Sanchez (GU), 8-1
No. 2 Drake/Ghorbel (DU) def. Hamilton/Mateus (GU), 8-1
No. 3 Mullis/Tesmer (DU) def. Parra/Yanez (GU), 8-2
Order of finish: 2,1,3