TULSA, Okla. – The Oral Roberts University men's tennis team will travel to Denver, Colorado, to face the No. 1 Drake Bulldogs in the semifinal round of the 2018 Summit League Tournament at the Gates Tennis Center as the No. 4 seed on Friday, April 27 at 4 p.m. CDT.
The Golden Eagles finished the 2018 regular season with a 9-11 overall and 3-3 league record. ORU defeated Illinois State and South Dakota State to close out the regular season and earn the fourth and final spot in the Summit League Tournament. The Golden Eagles defeated Omaha 4-3 at the ONEOK Sports Center on March 9 for their first league win of the season.
"We are extremely excited to compete in the conference championship," Head Coach Mark Milner said. With the addition of three new, solid teams, (Drake, Illinois State and Valparaiso), it made the conference much tougher. For us to be in the top four at the end of the year is a great accomplishment and I am proud of this group of guys that got the job done when it mattered. Making the tournament sends the message that we are still real contenders in the Summit League."
ORU is led by freshman newcomer, Marcello Moreira who has a 12-6 overall singles record going 1-0 at the No. 3 spot and 11-6 as the No. 4. Moreira is 3-3 against Summit League competition. Eddy Leardini and Alvaro Santamaria posted a 9-2 regular season doubles record at the No. 3 position.
This will be the fourth consecutive season the Golden Eagles will compete in the Summit League Tournament. Last season, ORU competed for a regular season championship, but finished second in the Summit League to secure the No. 2 seed in the tournament. ORU made it to the final round of the tournament during the 2016 campaign.
Admission to the Summit League Tournament at the Gates Tennis Center is free and parking is complementary. The Gates Tennis Center is a public tennis facility that was awarded the 2008 USTA Outstanding Large Public Facility of the year. The facility features 20 outdoor hard courts. The tennis center is located at 3300 E Bayaud Ave, Denver, CO 80209. In the event of inclement weather, Meadow Creek Tennis Center will provide indoor tennis courts for competition and practice. Meadow Creek is located at 6305 W. 6th Avenue, Lakewood, Colorado.
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