Sept. 25, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa —The University of Iowa men’s tennis team had three players finish undefeated in singles at the Drake Invitational and concluded the tournament with a 10-1 mark in singles play.
“I’m really pleased with all four guys that played for us, and the results revealed just how well they played,” said head coach Steve Houghton.
After a victory in the Flight B singles main draw, Dunn moved to Flight C to avoid playing a fellow teammate in Flight B where Speer and Hagan were playing. Dunn won the Flight C championship with two victories on Sunday. Dunn defeated Creighton’s Lorenz Laurel 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals, and then knocked off Drake’s Grant Tesmer 6-1, 6-4 in the finals to claim the crown.
Speer and Hagan each won two matches in Flight B on Saturday and won their semifinals match on Sunday. Speer defeated Creighton’s Sean Mathison 1-6, 6-1, 6-2. Hagan knocked off Drake’s Alen Salibasic 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3. The Flight B main draw finals match between Speer and Hagan was not contested.
Junior Connor Gilmore went 1-1 in the Flight B main draw for Iowa with a opening round victory over Marcel Gyswyt.
Gilmore and Hagan finished 2-1 in the Flight B doubles main draw with two consecutive wins on Friday. The duo fell in the finals match on Saturday.
Dunn and Speer won their first match in the Flight A doubles main draw but fell short in the second round. The Hawkeyes finished 3-2 in doubles to go along with their 10-1 record in singles.
With the men’s tennis team also having another successful tournament at the Baylor-HEB Invitational, Houghton had positive reviews about the weekend’s performances.
“This is one of the best fall weekends we’ve had that I can remember in recent years with our results at Drake and Baylor,” said Houghton.
The Hawkeyes will be back in action from Oct. 1-3 at the ITA All-American in Tulsa, Okla.
Drake Invitational Sunday Results
Flight C Singles Main Draw
Garret Dunn (IOWA) def. Lorenz Laurel (Creighton) 6-4, 6-3
Garret Dunn (IOWA) def. Grant Tesmer (Drake) 6-1, 6-4
Flight B Singles Main Draw
Christopher Speer (IOWA) def. Sean Mathison (Creighton) 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
Matt Hagan (IOWA) def. Alen Salibasic (Drake) 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3