Freshman Nathan Reekie won a split set match at No. 3 singles against Drake.
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Omaha Drops 6-1 Decision to Drake

Omaha Athletics | February 12, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa – The Omaha men’s tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.  With the loss, the Mavericks are 2-5 (0-0 Summit League) on the season, while the Bulldogs move to 6-2 (0-0 MVC).

Freshman Nathan Reekie’s victory at No. 3 singles gave Omaha its only point of the afternoon.  Reekie dropped the first set to Barnaby Thorold 6-0 and then rallied to win the next two sets 6-4, 1-0 (4).

The Bulldogs started the day strong by taking the doubles point.  Freshman Razvan Grigorescu and senior Colin Buckley fell to Vinny Gillespie and Ben Stride at No. 1, 6-3.  At No. 2, Reekie and sophomore Matt Dunn fell 6-3 to Thorold and Bayo Philips.  Senior John Ellis and sophomore Alex Woodward fell 7-6 at No. 3 doubles to Tom Hands and Ben Clark.

Drake continued its momentum into singles play.  Gillespie handed Grigorescu his first loss of the season at No. 1, 6-3, 6-3.  Buckley won the first set against Stride at No. 2, 6-4, but dropped the next two sets 6-1, 1-0 (9).  The Bulldogs won matches at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 is straight sets.

Omaha returns home next weekend, hosting Midland at 3 p.m. and Doane at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17.  Both matches will be held at the Miracle Hill Tennis Center.

Results

Drake 6, Omaha 1
Feb. 12, 2017 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. Vinny Gillespie (DRAKE/13.66) def. #53 Razvan Grigorescu (OMAHA/13.16) 6-3, 6-3
2. Ben Stride (DRAKE/13.13) def. Colin Buckley (OMAHA/11.09) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (11-9)
3. Nathan Reekie (OMAHA/11.38) def. Barnaby Thorold (DRAKE/12.5) 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4)
4. Tom Hands (DRAKE/13.57) def. Matt Dunn (OMAHA/11.28) 6-1, 6-0
5. Ben Wood (DRAKE/12.5) def. Joni Heizlsperger (OMAHA/11.01) 6-3, 6-2
6. Ben Clark (DRAKE/13.14) def. John Ellis (OMAHA/10.49) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Vinny Gillespie/Ben Stride (DRAKE) def. Razvan Grigorescu/Colin Buckley (OMAHA) 6-3
2. Bayo Philips/Barnaby Thorold (DRAKE) def. Nathan Reekie/Matt Dunn (OMAHA) 6-3
3. Tom Hands/Ben Clark (DRAKE) def. John Ellis/Alex Woodward (OMAHA) 7-6

Match Notes
Omaha 2-5 | Drake 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,6,5,1,2,3)
Played indoors | T-2:01 A-25

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