Goodman And Patel Advance At USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships
FLUSHING, N.Y. - Drake men’s tennis senior Robin Goodman (Cambridge, England) and junior Ravi Patel (London, England) opened the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)/United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships hosted by Columbia University on Thursday (Nov. 7) registering an 8-6 triumph past the 32nd-rated doubles team of Peter Kobelt and Kevin Metka from Ohio State at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
“Incredible result for Drake tennis today,” Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski commented. “Robin and Ravi weren't just satisfied with being the first Drake doubles team to play in the National Indoor Championships, these guys came to win. That's what they did today by knocking off a great pair from Ohio State.”
Receiving a first-round bye in the tournament draw, Goodman and Patel awaited the winner of the opening-round match between Kobelt and Metka and Cornell’s Sam Fleck and Chris Vrabel, won by the Buckeyes, 8-5.
Goodman and Patel claimed triumphs in two of the first three games to assume a 2-1 lead. The advantage was short-lived as the Buckeyes scored victories in the next two frames to regain the momentum and the lead, 3-2.
The two sides split the next six points before the Bulldogs broke serve to capture back-to-back frames and regain the lead for good, en route to the 8-6 triumph.
“Understandably, they started off a bit jittery,” said Kozlowski. “I tried reminding them what they did to get here, play aggressive at the net, find your positions, energy on every point, and enjoy playing and representing Drake. We got down an early break and trailed until we broke back at 5-6 to tie it up. That's when I finally saw Ravi loosen up and smile. Once he cracked a smile, I was very confident we would close the match out. We dominated the last three games to pull out the 8-6 win.”
Goodman and Patel return to action on Friday (Nov. 8) battling the No. 10 ranked tandem of Ross Guignon and Tim Kopinski from Illinois.
ITA/USTA NATIONAL INDOOR INTERCOLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP
NOV. 7, 2013 • FLUSHING, N.Y.