Men's Tennis


Denver Loses to Drake, 5-2

Feb. 18, 2018


DENVER—   The University of Denver men’s tennis team fell to the Drake Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon by a score of 5-2 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Bulldogs won four of the first five points to clinch the match, winning the doubles point and claiming straight-set victories on courts one, two and four.

The No. 1 doubles team of Matt Summers and Jesse Ruder-Hook won their matchup 7-6, but Drake took the doubles point with wins on courts two and three with scores of 6-3 and 7-6, respectively.

Junior Ignatius Castelino and freshman Summers scored the only points for the Pioneers with Castelino defeating Freddie Powell, 6-4, 6-2, on court six and Summers closing the match with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Barny Thorold on court three. 

Mattia Ros lost to Vinny Gillespie, ranked 120th by the ITA, in straight sets (3-6, 2-6) on court one to give Drake its first singles point and its second point of the afternoon.

On court two, Eric Morris was unable to win the second set and fell to Tom Hands, 3-6, 6-7, and Ben Clark sealed the victory for the home team on court four with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over DU’s Jorge Nunez.

The Bulldogs’ fifth point came from court five with Finley Hall defeating Pedro Fernandez Del Valle in three sets, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

With the loss, the Pioneers fell to 3-3 (1-1 Summit League) on the year, while the Bulldogs improved to 10-4 and 3-0 in league play.

Denver returns to the court on Feb. 24 with a match against BYU, scheduled to begin at noon.

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



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