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.
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