first_imgThe Bulldogs put together a strong doubles performance at courts two and three. Sophomores Vinny Gillespie and Tom Hands defeated Michal Klanicka and Daniel Martinez 6-2 at No. 2, while juniors Ben Stride and Ben Wood clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 victory at No. 3. “The entire team and coaching staff are so excited about this championship. It has been tough a year battling injuries and we knew once we had everyone, not just healthy, but match ready that we could do great things,” said Drake head coach Davidson Kozlowski. “We put in a great two weeks of practice after wrapping up the regular season championship and feel we put in one of our most complete efforts today, giving us a sweep of the MVC regular season and tourney titles this year.” BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Drake University men’s tennis team earned its 10th MVC Tournament title on Sunday with its 4-0 sweep of Southern Illinois at the Bloomington Tennis Center. Drake 4, Southern Illinois 0Apr 30, 2017 at Bloomington, Ill.(Bloomington Tennis Center) Match Notes:Southern Illinois 17-4 (2-1 MVC)Drake 17-11 (3-0 MVC)Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (5,6,4)MVC Team Tennis Championship MatchDrake earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Singles competition1. Gillespie, Vinny (DUM) vs. Piotr Baranski (SIUM) 7-6, 4-4, unfinished2. Stride, Ben (DUM) vs. Wilder Pimentel (SIUM) 3-6, 6-2, 0-2, unfinished3. Philips, Bayo (DUM) vs. Michal Kianicka (SIUM) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0, unfinished4. MacGeoch, Calum (DUM) def. Alex Pozo (SIUM) 6-4, 6-35. Hands, Tom (DUM) def. Daniel Martinez (SIUM) 6-1, 6-06. Clark, Ben (DUM) def. Param Pun (SIUM) 6-4, 6-0 Junior Calum MacGeoch secured the championship for Drake with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Alex Pozo at No. 4. Sophomore Ben Clark extended the Bulldogs lead to 3-0 after cruising past Param Pun, 6-4, 6-0 at No. 6. The Bulldogs will find out their NCAA Tournament destination on Tuesday, May 2 when the 64-team field is revealed on NCAA.com at 4 p.m. “Today’s match was incredible. The energy was electric throughout out on the court and on the sideline,” said Hands. “We put together one of our best performances after a long season and it’s nice to see all the hard work and effort pay off.” Doubles competition1. Alex Pozo/Piotr Baranski (SIUM) def. Philips, Bayo/Thorold, Barnaby (DUM) 6-12. Gillespie, Vinny/Hands, Tom (DUM) def. Michal Kianicka/Daniel Martinez (SIUM) 6-23. Stride, Ben/Wood, Ben (DUM) def. Wilder Pimentel/Param Pun (SIUM) 6-3 Hands extended is singles winning streak to five matches with a 6-1, 6-0 trouncing over Martinez at No. 5 singles.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img

Men’s Tennis Wins MVC Tournament Championship

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