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Drake Opens Three-Match Homestand

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: March 22, 2012
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WHAT'S AHEAD:  Drake opens a three-match homestand this weekend as the 45th-rated Bulldogs welcome UMKC and Green Bay to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.  Drake faces the Kangaroos on Friday (March 23) at 6:00 p.m. before battling the Phoenix on Sunday (March 25) at 11:00 a.m.

A LOOK BACK: The Bulldogs return from Texas after garnering a pair of victories over Sacramento State (4-1) and SMU (4-3) on Tuesday (March 20) and Wednesday (March 21), respectively.

In its first outdoor match of the season, Drake registered a 4-1 victory past Sacramento State.  The tilt was delayed nearly three hours by rain, and as a result, singles competition was contested first with the initial team to reach four points declared the winner.

Freshman Ben Mullis (Leicestershire, England) provided the Bulldogs their first point of the match at the No. 6 slot, 6-1, 6-0.

Suffering his first loss of the dual campaign to end a 17-match winning streak at No. 4 was sophomore Robin Goodman (Cambridge, England), who was bested, 6-1, 6-2.

Drake then rattled off victories at the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 positions to secure its 14th win of the season.

The Bulldogs earned victories in four of its six singles matches to complete a come-from-behind 4-3 triumph over SMU.

The Mustangs stole the early momentum in the affair, collecting wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions to assume a 1-0 lead.

Senior Jonathan Hadash (Lapid, Israel) got the Bulldogs into the scoring column first in singles at the No. 5 slot, 6-0, 6-1.  Junior James McKie (Edinburgh, Scotland) gave Drake its first lead in the match, registering a 7-5, 6-4 win at No. 2.  SMU pushed the Bulldogs to the brink of defeat, registering victories at the Nos. 3 and 4 holes to assume a 3-2 advantage.

Junior Anis Ghorbel (Sfax, Tunisia) squared the affair at three, besting Gaston Cuadranti in three sets at the top slot, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

After dropping the initial set at No. 6 versus Robert Sajovich, Ben Mullis rallied to take the second frame, 7-5.  In the final set, Mullis led 2-0 when Sajovich retired due to cramping to give Drake the deciding point in the affair.

OUR LAST MEETINGS: Drake opened its 2011 dual campaign with a bang, registering a 6-1 victory past UMKC on Jan. 29, 2011 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

Drake swept the doubles competition with the duo of Ryan Drake (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) and Jean Erasmus (Windhoek, Namibia) clinching the point earning an 8-5 decision at No. 3.

The Bulldogs extended the advantage in singles on the strength of a 6-0, 6-2 victory by Anis Ghorbel at No. 4.  Robin Goodman pushed the margin to 3-0 after a 6-2, 6-4 triumph at No. 5.

Clinching was Jonathan Hadash at the No. 6 slot, 6-0, 6-2.

Drake also garnered victories from James McKie and Erasmus at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions, respectively.

UP NEXT: Drake opens defense of its 2011 Missouri Valley Conference title hosting Creighton on March 30 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.  Match time is slated for 1:00 p.m.

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