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Drake Goes Late Night To Down Butler, 7-0

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Release: February 25, 2012
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FEBRUARY 25, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - The No. 62 Drake men's tennis team went late into the night to extend its winning streak to nine straight, as the Bulldogs registered a 7-0 victory over Butler on Saturday (Feb. 25) at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The two team didn't hit the court until nearly 9:00 p.m. and despite the late hour partook in a spirited round of doubles in which Drake swept all three matches.

Clinching the doubles tally for the Bulldogs at No. 2 was the tandem of junior Jean Erasmus (Windhoek, Namibia) and sophomore Robin Goodman (Cambridge, England), who posted an 8-6 decision against Zach Ervin and Tommy Marx.

In singles, junior James McKie (Edinburgh, Scotland) and Goodman extended the lead to 3-0 following triumphs at the Nos. 3 and 4 positions, respectively.

McKie bested Pulok Bhattacharya, 6-1, 6-0, while Goodman downed Ervin, 6-0, 6-2.

Earning the deciding tally in the affair on the strength of a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5 was freshman Ben Mullis (Leicestershire, England).

Drake also garnered victories on the Nos. 1, 2 and 6 courts courtesy of 73rd-ranked junior Anis Ghorbel (Sfax, Tunisia), Eramus and senior Cesar Bracho (Luque, Paraguay).

The Bulldogs return to action hosting in-state rival Iowa on Wednesday (Feb. 29) in a 6:00 p.m. showdown at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

NO. 62 DRAKE (10-1) DEF. BUTLER (1-11), 7-0

FEBRUARY 25, 2012 • ROGER KNAPP TENNIS CENTER

SINGLES:

No. 1 No. 73 Anis Ghorbel (DU) def. Austin Woldmoe (BU), 6-2, 6-4

No. 2 Jean Erasmus (DU) def. Tommy Marx (BU), 6-4, 4-6, 10-8

No. 3 James McKie (DU) def. Pulok Bhattacharya (BU), 6-1, 6-0

No. 4 Robin Goodman (DU) def. Zach Ervin (BU), 6-0, 6-2

No. 5 Ben Mullis (DU) def. Billy Weldon (BU), 6-1, 6-1

No. 6 Cesar Bracho (DU) def. Sam O'Neill (BU), 6-3, 6-1

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

DOUBLES:

No. 1 Ghorbel/McKie (DU) def. Weldon/Woldmoe (BU), 8-3

No. 2 Eramus/Goodman (DU) def. Ervin/Marx (BU), 8-6

No. 3 Bracho/Mullis (DU) def. Bhattacharya/O'Neill (BU), 8-5

Order of finish: (1,2,3)

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