Cornell men coast past St. Ambrose, 8-1
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Men's Tennis - Sat, Feb. 25, 2012
DAVENPORT - The Rams swept six singles matches and rolled to an 8-1 nonconference dual win Friday over St. Ambrose.

Junior Justin Bradfield extended his match-winning streak to six and Cornell climbed back to the .500 mark for the season at 4-4.

"The team is playing well. I feel like we're getting better with each match," Cornell head coach Patrick Cote said. "We've had some good practices and straightened out our doubles. It was a good, decisive win over St. Ambrose."

Bradfield, Garrett Russikoff and Tyler Shonkwiler all finished 2-0 to pace the Rams. Bradfield won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles, and posted an 8-2 victory at No. 3 doubles. Bradfield and Shonkwiler improved to 4-0 in dual play as doubles partners.

Russikoff scored a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles. He teamed with Neal Klauer for an 8-1 rout at No. 2 doubles. Shonkwiler earned a hard-fought 7-5, 7-6 win at No. 6 singles.

Also registering straight-set singles wins were Ashan DeSilva (6-1, 6-4 at No. 1), Orion Wilkinson (6-2, 6-0 at No. 4) and Joseph Gelfand (6-2, 6-4 at No. 5).

Coming up - Cornell hits the road later in the week for three nonconference duals. The Rams play NAIA's Ashford at 1 p.m. Thursday in Clinton, and then go to Lake Bluff, Ill., to face Lake Forest at 8 p.m. Friday and Milwaukee School of Engineering at 8 a.m. Saturday.

"We'll get a good test against Ashford (which beat St. Ambrose 7-2), and Lake Forest is one of the top teams in their conference," Cote said.