Sept. 24, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s tennis team competed in the second day of action at the Drake Invitational and posted a 6-1 mark in singles play at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Saturday.
“Our guys had a great day at Drake today,” said head coach Steve Houghton. “Winning six out of seven matches in singles was exciting to see.”
Dunn received a bye to start the Flight B singles opening round and then defeated Northern Illinois’ Max Phillips 6-2, 6-4. To avoid facing a fellow teammate in the semifinals, Dunn was moved to the Flight C singles semifinals match where he will play on Sunday.
Speer continued to look impressive this fall, improving his record to 7-1 with two wins in Flight B singles. Speer knocked off Brad Entwistle of Gustavus Adolphus’ 6-4, 6-0 in the first round and then defeated Creighton’s Gabe Nagy 1-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Hagan improved his fall record to 5-1 in singles in just his first two collegiate tournaments. Hagan beat Northern Colorado’s Michael Moya 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of Flight B singles and then knocked off Creighton’s Ryan Norman 6-4, 6-2.
After two straight victories in the Flight B doubles main draw, Gilmore and Hagan came up short in the finals contest against Creighton’s Nagy and Norman. Gilmore and Hagan fell 9-8 (7).
Both Hagan and Speer will compete Sunday in the semifinals of Flight B, while Dunn will play in the semifinals of Flight C. Action begins at 8:30 a.m.
Drake Invitational Saturday Results
Flight B Singles
Garret Dunn (IOWA) def. Max Phillips (NIU) 6-2, 6-4
Christopher Speer (IOWA) def. Brad Entwistle (GA) 6-4, 6-0
Christopher Speer (IOWA) def. Gabe Nagy (Creighton) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
Connor Gilmore (IOWA) def. Marcel Gyswyt (GA) 6-2, 7-5
Alen Salbasic (Drake) def. Connor Gilmore (IOWA) 6-1, 6-2
Matt Hagan (IOWA) def. Michael Moya (NC) 6-0, 6-4
Matt Hagan (IOWA) def. Ryan Norman (Creighton) 6-4, 6-2
Flight B Doubles
Gabe Nagy/Ryan Norman (Creighton) def. Connor Gilmore/Matt Hagan (IOWA) 9-8 (7)