DES MOINES, Iowa - Leatherneck men's tennis split a pair of matches for the second straight day, defeating North Dakota 4-3 and falling to No. 41-ranked Drake at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Saturday.
Western Illinois remains a game under .500 at 7-8, while the Bulldogs improve to 9-1 and North Dakota falls to 0-2.
Against North Dakota, the Leathernecks took the doubles point with wins at second and third doubles. Bradley Holt and Mitch Granger teamed up to win 8-6 at No. 2, while Max Cederkall and Brandon Meeker won 8-5 at No. 3.
Western then won three of the six singles matches to clinch the contest, highlighted by a come-from-behind 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 win from Granger at No. 4 singles.
Holt also won 6-4, 6-1 at second singles and Cederkall picked up a 6-2, 6-2 victory at fifth singles.
Drake, the second ranked team Western has played this year, utilized four regionally-ranked single players to stop the Leathernecks. No Western player was able to win a set, but Holt put up a first set battle in a 6-4, 6-0 loss against Alen Salibasic, the 11th-ranked singles player in the Central region, and Granger and Ben Yue also won a trio of games against top-20 players in the region.
The Leathernecks will look to improve above .500 next weekend, beginning with a pair of matches against Northern Illinois and Wisconsin-Green Bay in Rockford, Ill. on Saturday.
#41 Drake 7, Western Illinois 0
1. Alen Salibasic (DRAKE) def. Bradley Holt (WIU) 6-4, 6-0
2. Robin Goodman (DRAKE) def. Ben Yue (WIU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Ben Lott (DRAKE) def. Mitch Granger (WIU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Ben Mullis (DRAKE) def. Max Cederkall (WIU) 6-0, 6-2
5. Grant Tesmer (DRAKE) def. Brandon Meeker (WIU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Ryan Drake (DRAKE) def. Chris Bunch (WIU) 6-1, 6-1
1. Ben Lott/Alen Salibasic (DRAKE) def. Mitch Granger/Bradley Holt (WIU) 8-2
2. Robin Goodman/Ben Mullis (DRAKE) def. Brandon Meeker/Ben Yue (WIU) 8-2
3. Ryan Drake/Grant Tesmer (DRAKE) def. Chris Bunch/Max Cederkall (WIU) 8-4
Western Illinois 4, North Dakota 3
1. OOTHOUDT, Josh (UND_M) def. Patrick Hammers (WIU) 6-0, 6-4
2. Bradley Holt (WIU) def. MCGUIGAN, Ryan (UND_M) 6-4, 6-1
3. OBERLE, Connor (UND_M) def. Ben Yue (WIU) 6-3, 6-1
4. Mitch Granger (WIU) def. LEE, Joe (UND_M) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
5. Max Cederkall (WIU) def. BIERNAT, Will (UND_M) 6-2, 6-2
6. BAKKE, Grant (UND_M) def. Brandon Meeker (WIU) 6-4, 6-3
1. OBERLE, Connor/OOTHOUDT, Josh (UND_M) def. Patrick Hammers/Ben Yue (WIU) 8-5
2. Mitch Granger/Bradley Holt (WIU) def. MCGUIGAN, Ryan/BAKKE, Grant (UND_M) 8-6
3. Max Cederkall/Brandon Meeker (WIU) def. VIGEN, Jared/BERGSTROM, David (UND_M) 8-5