IOWA CITY, Iowa - Bradley senior Justin Abrams enjoyed a perfect day by winning both his doubles and singles matches, but the Braves (3-8) dropped a 6-1 men's tennis decision at #58 Iowa (7-2) Friday afternoon at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.
Abrams teamed with fellow senior Arthur Romanet for an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles, a result that briefly tied the doubles competition before Iowa's No. 1 combo of Brian Alden and Juan Estenssoro clinched the day's first point with an 8-4 win against Nico Rakitin and Hamish Weerasinghe.
Iowa pushed its lead to 3-0 with straight-sets wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, before Abrams kept the Braves alive with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles. The Hawkeyes secured the team victory, however, when Matt Hagan completed a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles against Daniel Tiboldi.
Abrams' singles win was the 72nd of his career, moving him into third place on the school's all-time wins list. The senior from Eagan, Minn., is 72-43 all-time in singles action and now trails only Mike Berwald (79-37 from 1988-91) and Pedro Velez (73-48 from 1987-90) on Bradley's career singles victories list.
Bradley will continue a 6-match road swing March 15 when the Braves visit Toledo, before heading south for four matches in Alabama and Georgia March 19-22.