Drake defends title, earns 2019 men’s tennis crown

Drake earns second-consecutive Summit League Men's Tennis title after defeating top-seeded Denver 4-3.
Drake earns second-consecutive Summit League Men's Tennis title after defeating top-seeded Denver 4-3.

The Basics
Score: No. 1 Denver 3, No. 2 Drake 4
Records: Denver (13-9), Drake (19-13)
Location: Bernis Duke Tennis Center

Tulsa, Okla. –The Drake Bulldogs defended their Summit League Men's Tennis title Saturday afternoon after defeating top-seeded Denver in a tight 4-3 match inside the Bernis Duke Tennis Center. 

Denver took a 1-0 advantage after winning two hard-fought doubles matches. Denver's Mattia Ros and Pedro Fernandez Del Valle took the first doubles match after defeating Drake's Tom Hands and Bavo Philips 6-2 in the No. 2 spot.  Drake answered back at the No. 3 spot with a 7-5 victory by Calum MacGeoch and Ben Clark over Denver's Eric Morris and Daniel Krulig. The Pioneers clinched the doubles point after Matt Summers and James Davis beat Vinny Gillespie and Barny Thorold 7-5 in the top spot.

The Bulldogs went on to take a 2-1 lead after Gillespie took a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the top spot and MacGeoch captured a 6-4, 6-4 win at the No. 4 spot. The Pioneers fought back and tied it up 2-2 with a win at the No. 3 spot, but a win from Drake's No. 6 Clark pushed the lead 3-2 back in favor of the Bulldogs.

Denver tied it back up with a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win from Ignatius Castelino in the No. 5 position, but Drake's Hands sealed the deal for the Bulldogs after winning a hard-fought 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) match at the No. 2 spot to take the crown.

Up Next
As The Summit League men's champion, Drake secured the league's NCAA bid. The NCAA Selection show is scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 5 p.m. CT.

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Through 36 years of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of nearly 115,000 at nine institutions, including three located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, Purdue Fort Wayne (Purdue University Fort Wayne), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 12 NCAA Champions along with over 100 Academic All-Americans, nearly 125 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague.