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Drake Advances Four Into Quarterfinals Of ITA Central Regional

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Release: October 19, 2013
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TULSA, Okla. - The Drake men’s tennis team advanced four players into the quarterfinals of the main singles draw on Saturday (Oct. 19) at Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Central Regional after the Bulldogs posted a 14-2 combined singles/doubles ledger.

In doubles, the tandem of senior Robin Goodman (Cambridge, England) and junior Ravi Patel (London, England) advanced to the quarterfinal round after dispatching Tom Blackwell and Dusty Boyer of Nebraska, 8-3.  The Drake duo moves to Sunday’s (Oct. 20) quarterfinal final match versus Carlos Bautista and Daniel Santos of Tulsa.

In singles, it will be a battle of teammates in a pair of matches to determine which two Bulldogs advance to the semifinals.

In the upper half of the draw, sophomore Ben Lott (Newcastle, England) squares off against Goodman after each posted a pair of victories on the day.

Lott bested Jake Norman of Creighton, 6-1, 6-0, before downing Alejandro Espejo of Tulsa, 6-1, 6-0.

Goodman recorded a 6-1, 6-0, and 7-6 (3), 6-0 triumphs, respectively, over Christian Lee and Mike Nott of Arkansas.

In the bottom half of the draw, juniors Alen Salibasic (Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Matt Frost (Cambridge, England) meet for the right to advance to the semifinals.

Salibasic registered a 6-2, 6-4 triumph past Michal Kianicka of Southern Illinois, before dispatching Marc Hermann of Nebraska, 6-2, 6-4.

Frost celebrated his 21st birthday in style opening his day defeating Ilija Cuic from Wichita State, 7-6 (5), 6-4, before then dealing Dylan McCloskey of Tulsa a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 setback.

Moving into the quarterfinals of the consolation singles bracket were junior Ben Mullis (Leicestershire, England) and freshman Euan McIntosh (Edinburgh, Scotland).

Action resumes for the Bulldogs at the ITA Central Regional on Sunday (Oct. 20) with doubles action beginning at 10:00 a.m.

ITA CENTRAL REGIONAL

OCT. 19, 2013 • TULSA, OKLA.

SINGLES:

Ben Mullis (DU) def. Daniil Ivanov (UMKC), 6-0, 6-1

Ben Mullis (DU) def. Hall Fess (ARK), 6-2, 3-6, 10-5

Ben Lott (DU) def. Jake Norman (CU), 6-1, 6-0

Ben Lott (DU) def. Alejandro Espejo (TULSA), 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3

No. 88 Robin Goodman (DU) def. Christian Lee (ARK), 6-1, 6-0

No. 88 Robin Goodman (DU) def. Mike Nott (ARK), 7-6 (3), 6-0

Ravi Patel (DU) def. Carlos Bautista (TULSA), 6-3, 6-1

No. 85 Axel Alvarez (OKLA) def. Ravi Patel (DU), 6-3, 6-4

Alen Salibasic (DU) def. Michal Kianicka (SIU), 6-2, 6-4

Alen Salibasic (DU) def. Marc Hermann (NEB), 6-2, 6-4

Matt Frost (DU) def. Ilija Cuic (WSU), 7-6 (5), 6-4

Matt Frost (DU) def. Dylan McCloskey (TULSA), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

Euan McIntosh (DU) def. Brian Alden (IOWA), 7-6 (4), 6-3

Euan McIntosh (DU) def. Mathieu Froment (MINN), 3-6, 6-4, 10-7

DOUBLES:

Carlos Bautista/Daniel Santos (TULSA) def. Frost/Salibasic (DU), 8-6

Goodman/Patel (DU) def. Tom Blackwell/Dusty Boyer (NEB), 8-3

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