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ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Missouri Valley Conference has announced that Drake senior James McKie (Edinburgh, Scotland) was chosen as the MVC Men's Tennis Player of the Week. The honor marks the sixth time this season that a Bulldog has been recognized, while also representing the fifth such accolade in McKie’s career.
McKie sparked the Bulldogs to a 6-1 triumph last Saturday (March 30) in their MVC opener at Creighton.
He registered the clinching tallies in both singles and doubles to help Drake extend its regular-season winning streak in the MVC to 11 in a row.
In doubles, McKie paired with sophomore Ben Mullis (Leicestershire, England) to garner an 8-3 decision past Brandon Lee and Sean Mathison at the No. 2 position. He then clinched the match for Drake in singles with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Mathison at the No. 1 slot.
The win in singles moved him into a tie with Mauricio Ballivian (2008-11) and Sergi Vila (2003-07) for fourth place on the all-time victory list at Drake with 194.
On the season, he sports a 55-16 combined singles/doubles ledger, the second-best mark on the team. He leads the Bulldogs in doubles wins with 26.
McKie and the No.23 Bulldogs (18-2, 1-0 MVC) return to action on Sunday (April 7) in a 10:00 a.m. match at Wichita State.