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No. 73 Drake Swings Past No. 66 Idaho, 7-0

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Release: February 18, 2012
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FEBRUARY 18, 2012

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Drake men's tennis team registered its second-consecutive victory over a ranked opponent and eighth straight overall dispatching of No. 66 Idaho on Saturday (Feb. 18), 7-0.

The 73rd-rated Bulldogs assumed a lead they didn't relinquish in doubles garnering wins on the Nos. 1 and 3 courts.  The tandem of senior Cesar Bracho (Luque, Paraguay) and freshman Alen Salibasic (Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina) clinched the doubles point for the second straight match, downing Abid Akbar and Marius Cirstea at the top spot, 8-4.

Junior Jean Erasmus (Windhoek, Namibia) gave Drake its first tally in singles besting Cristobal Salazar at No. 3, 6-1, 6-0.

Stretching the margin to 3-0 with his 6-0, 6-2 triumph at the No. 6 slot over Cesar Torres was freshman Ben Mullis (Leicestershire, England).

Sealing the victory at No. 4 was Salibasic, who downed Jose Bendeck, 6-4, 6-4.

The Bulldogs also received wins on the Nos. 1, 2 and 5 courts from junior Anis Ghorbel (Sfax, Tunisia), junior James McKie (Edinburgh, Scotland) and sophomore Robin Goodman (Cambridge, England).

Drake returns to action hosting Butler next Saturday (Feb. 25) at 7:00 p.m. in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

NO. 73 DRAKE (9-1) DEF. NO. 66 IDAHO (4-5), 7-0

FEBRUARY 18, 2012 • LINCOLN, NEB.

SINGLES:

No. 1 No. 73 Anis Ghorbel (DU) def. Marius Cirstea (IDAHO), 3-6, 7-5, 7-5

No. 2 James McKie (DU) def. Abid Akbar (IDAHO), 6-4, 3-6, 10-8

No. 3 Jean Erasmus (DU) def. Cristobal Salazar (IDAHO), 6-1, 6-0

No. 4 Alen Salibasic (DU) def. Jose Bendeck (IDAHO), 6-4, 6-4

No. 5 Robin Goodman (DU) def. Alan Shin (IDAHO), 6-3, 6-3

No. 6 Ben Mullis (DU) def. Cesar Torres (IDAHO), 6-0, 6-2

Order of finish: (3,6,4,5,2,1)

DOUBLES:

No. 1 Bracho/Salibasic (DU) def. Akbar/Cirstea (IDAHO), 8-4

No. 2 Bendeck/Salazar (IDAHO) def. Ghorbel/McKie (DU), 8-7

No. 3 Eramus/Goodman (DU) def. Dobbs/Shin (IDAHO), 8-1

Order of finish: (3,1,2)

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