Iowa hits the road to Drake

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 26, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Iowa men’s tennis team will head to Des Moines to face No. 45 Drake on Wednesday. The first serve is set to take place at 6 p.m.

The Hawkeyes’ winning streak came to an end in their first away meet of the season against Western Michigan on Feb. 22. Iowa fell to the Broncos by a score of 4-3. Previously, the Hawkeyes had won five-straight duals, including a 4-3 upset of No. 49 Minnesota — Iowa’s first Big Ten win in more than 1,000 days.

Iowa secured the doubles point 2-1, but the Broncos came on strong in singles play, winning four of the six matches to claim the win. The Broncos improved to 7-4 overall, and Iowa recorded its first loss of the season and now stands 5-1 (1-0).

Drake will enter the matchup with a 5-4 overall record. On Feb. 22, the Bulldogs faced Minnesota in what was a 4-3 upset win for the Gophers. Alen Salibasic is the driving force behind Drake’s lineup, most recently triumphing over 80th-ranked Leandro Toledo of Minnesota (6-4, 6-0) at No. 1 singles.

After the dual, the Hawkeyes will return home for their second double-header of the season against North Dakota at 9 a.m. and Creighton at 3 p.m. on Friday at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex.

— by Jordan Bucher

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