Men’s Tennis Welcomes Michigan State and New Mexico

first_imgFollowing this busy weekend, Drake’s schedule doesn’t get any less rigorous as they host Summit League foe South Dakota State and in-state rivals Iowa on Friday Feb. 9 and Arizona and IUPUI on Saturday, Jan. 10.   DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University has a busy weekend ahead of them as the Bulldogs host Michigan State and New Mexico before traveling to Omaha for their Summit League opener. Drake and the Spartans square off on Friday at 6 p.m. at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Then on Sunday the Bulldogs faces off against the Lobos at 11 a.m. before take a short two-hour trip to Omaha for Drake’s inaugural Summit League match at 6 p.m. For the second straight week, a Bulldog was named Summit League Player of the Week as Vinny Gillespie received this week’s award. Gillespie earned his second win over a ranked opponent as he beat No. 57 Francisco Cerundolo of South Carolina. New Mexico will square off against Omaha and Michigan State on Saturday before taking on the Bulldogs on Sunday. The Lobos are coming off back-to-back 4-3 losses, falling to Northern Arizona on Jan. 27 and at Texas Tech on Jan. 21. Ricky Hernandez-Tong is ranked No. 72 in the nation in singles. The Bulldogs open Summit League action at Omaha on Sunday evening. The Mavericks will play New Mexico on Saturday morning before hosting Drake. Omaha heads into the weekend 1-2 as the Mavericks fell to Northern Illinois and beat Saint Louis last weekend. Sophomore Razvan Grigorescu leads the team as he finished last year ranked 109 and earned the Summit League’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Singles Championship.center_img Michigan State comes to Des Moines with a 2-3 record and have dropped its last three matches. The Spartans fell to Princeton last week and Notre Dame on Jan. 19 and Vanderbilt on Jan. 21. The Bulldogs are coming off a tough weekend of competition as they fell to No. 3 North Carolina and No. 20 South Carolina at the ITA Kick-off Weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more