Men’s and women’s tennis enter their final month of matches
Drake’s men’s and women’s tennis teams were on the road to start the final month of matches.
The women’s team traveled to Valparaiso, Indiana to take on Valparaiso University. The Bulldogs hit the courts on Saturday, April 2 at 3 p.m.
The women managed to secure the doubles point after picking up wins on the doubles two and three courts. Going into the singles matches, the Bulldogs had a 1-0 lead over Valparaiso.
Senior Liza Petushkova was the first Bulldog to get a singles point for Drake after securing an early 6-2, 6-3 win. Sophomore Darinka Stepan picked up the next point after taking fifth position in singles. Freshman Mille Haagensen won the match for Drake after winning his match 6-4, 6-1. The team now has a 10-6 overall record with a three-game winning streak.
“We came out with great energy early on which helped us get the doubles point,” Haagensen said. “We just used that singles momentum to get the other three points we needed to be able to get a team win.”
Drake’s men’s tennis team played two away matches in early April. First, the Bulldogs played Illinois State on Friday, April 1. They managed to secure the doubles point against the Redbirds after a win on the doubles two and three pitches.
In doubles two, redshirt sophomore Matija Matic and redshirt junior Evan Fragistas won their sets 6-3. At double three, redshirt second Reid Jarvis and junior Matt Clegg won their set 7-6(2). Heading into singles matches, Drake had five of the six available singles points after earning wins from singles positions two through six.
Fragistas won their match 6-2, 6-3. Despite a tight first set, 5-7, second in red shirt Oliver Johansson won his match 6-3, 6-2. Jarvis secured a 7-5, 6-4 singles four victory. Clegg won their match 7-6, 7-5 in singles five.
Sophomore Markus Bolin secured a win for sixth-place Drake after winning his match 6-2, 7-6 (5).
The Bulldogs returned to the courts the following day to face the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Drake swept Omaha 7-0 and improved his conference record to 3-0.
Drake managed to get the point in doubles and all six points in singles. At the first single, Matic won his match in straight sets. In singles two, second Jeremy Schifris won his match in a well-contested three-set match. Schifris won the first set 6-2, lost the second set 1-6 and bounced back to win the third set 6-3.
In singles three, Fragistas won their match 6-1, 6-4. Johansson played fourth in singles and earned an easy 6-4, 6-1 win.
Jarvis secured a quick 6-2, 6-1 victory in singles five, and Bolin was able to win their match in straight sets in six singles.
“I think we competed well both days,” Matic said. “We got off to a good start in both matches after getting the doubles point and were able to pick up some quick singles wins to help the team score.”
Both the men’s and women’s teams will return home to face schools in the conference. The men will play Creighton University on Saturday, April 9 at 3 p.m. The women will face Illinois State University also on Saturday, April 9 at 11 a.m.