DES MOINES, Iowa -- Billy Paluch's three-set victory to earn the Flight A singles tennis title highlighted Creighton's play at the Drake Fall Invitational, which concluded Sunday morning in Des Moines, Iowa.
Paluch, who last season became the fourth all-MVC player in program history, capped a 3-0 weekend with a win in the finals over Drake's Ben Mullis. Paluch dropped the first set 6-3, before evening the match with a 6-1 victory. Paluch then won the dramatic third set, 7-5, to win the title.
"Billy played like a man," said CU head coach Tom Lilly. "He played
really well most of the weekend and it was good for him to come home
with a title because he's our hardest worker and definitely deserves
Lilly wasn't as pleased with the rest of his team's performance on Sunday. "Other
than that we have got too many players that are still playing and
acting like they're in high school. That's kind of expected when you
have seven freshmen. Hopefully this serves as a wake-up call, because
they have to work and play harder when things get tougher in matches.
Hopefully we can do that next weekend in our home tournament."
Creighton came up short in a bid for a second title, as Quinn Dippel lost 6-2, 6-1 to Northern Illinois' Simon Formont in the
Flight D title match.
Creighton also picked up a win in the third-place match of Flight E, where Elliott Baker downed Gustavus Adolphus' Marcel Gyswyt, 6-3, 6-2. In Flight B, CU's Ryan Norman lost 6-2, 6-1 to Iowa's Ryan White in another third place match.
Creighton also had five competitors in fifth-place matches. In Flight F, Anthony Rauschenbach defeated North Dakota's Jared Vigen, 6-3, 7-6 (2). In Flight C, CU's Brandon Lee lost 6-0, 6-1 to Gustavus Adolphus' Grant Leisner. In Flight D, Sean Mathison lost to North Dakota's Grant Bakke, 6-3, 6-2. In Flight E, August Nysted lost to Gustavus Adolphus' Logan Peterson, 7-5, 6-4. In Flight F, Nick Thompson fell in a closely-contested match vs. Gustavus Adolphus' Mitch Elorson, falling 7-6, 2-6, 10-8.
Creighton returns to the courts next weekend when it hosts the Omaha Collegiate Invitational, which begins Saturday.