first_img 2. Tom Hands (DU) vs. Eric Marbach (NIU) 7-6 (7-4), 3-2, unfinished NIU Box Score 4. #124 Ben Clark (DU) def. Kristopher Ortega (NIU) 6-2, 7-6 6. Matej Svjetlicic (WMU) def. Finley Hall (DU) 6-2, 6-4 Gillespie blanked Bor Muzar, 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles to put Drake up 2-0. Wood rolled past Hamel, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5 singles, while Clark, who is ranked 124th in the nation, clinched the match with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Ortega at No. 4 singles. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s tennis team earned a pair of victories on Saturday at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center as the Bulldogs defeated Northern Illinois, 4-0, in the morning and edged out Western Michigan, 4-3, in the evening.The Bulldogs began their day by taking the doubles point over the Huskies. Senior Vinny Gillespie and sophomore Barny Thorold defeated NIU’s Eric Marbach and Kristopher Ortega, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles, while junior Ben Clark and senior Ben Wood secured the point with a 6-3 victory over Georg Lundkvist and Louis-Philppe Hamel at No. 2 doubles. 2. Tom Hands (DU) def. Kennosuke Nouchi (WMU) 6-2, 6-4 Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,5,4) 3. Barny Thorold (DU) vs. Georg Lundkvist (NIU) 4-6, 4-4, unfinished 1. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) def. Maik Steiner/Jannik Opitz (WMU) 6-4 1. Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. Maik Steiner (WMU) 6-3, 6-4 Drake 4, Northern Illinois 0Jan 20, 2018 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  In the nightcap, the Bulldogs pulled out to a 3-1 lead over Western Michigan. Drake swept the doubles point and then Gillespie and Hands won in straight at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. WMU Box Score 3. Tom Hands/Finley Hall (DU) def. Kennosuke Nouchi/Billy Heckman (WMU) 6-1 3. Tom Hands/Finley Hall (DU) vs. Victor Spolidorio/Tom Hjertonsson (NIU) 4-4, unfinished 2. Ben Clark/Ben Wood (DU) def. Georg Lundkvist/Louis-Philippe Hamel (NIU) 6-3 5. Ben Wood (DU) def. Louis-Philippe Hamel (NIU) 6-3, 6-1 Doubles competition  Print Friendly Version 6. Freddie Powell (DU) vs. Tom Hjertonsson (NIU) 7-5, 3-4, unfinished Match Notescenter_img 2. Ben Wood/Ben Clark (DU) def. Nick Schnobel/Eric Olivarez (WMU) 7-5 1. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) def. Eric Marbach/Kristopher Ortega (NIU) 6-2 Drake 3-0 Match Notes Singles competition The decisive match point came down to Clark and WMU’s Lenhard Haupt at No. 4 singles. Hauplt took the first set 6-4, but Clark came back to force a third set with a gritty 7-5 second set win. The third set went back and forth, pushing it into a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Clark jumped out to a 5-2 lead and went on to take the tiebreaker 7-4, sealing the Bulldogs’ 4-3 win. Northern Illinois 0-1 Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,1,5,3,4) Drake 2-0 Doubles competition Drake travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. on Saturday, Jan. 27 for the ITA Kickoff Weekend event and will open the two-day event against No. 3 North Carolina. Story Links 1. Vinny Gillespie (DU) def. Bor Schweiger Muzar (NIU) 6-0, 6-0 Drake 4, Western Michigan 3Jan 20, 2018 at Des Moines, Iowa (Roger Knapp Tennis Center)  The Broncos managed to tie the match up at 3-3 with a pair of three-set win at No. 5 and No. 3, respectively. 5. Eric Olivarez (WMU) def. Ben Wood (DU) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 3. Jannik Opitz (WMU) def. Barny Thorold (DU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) Singles competition 4. Ben Clark (DU) def. Lenhard Haupt (WMU) 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) Western Michigan 3-1last_img