Sadhaf Pervez finished her second year as head women’s tennis coach at Drake. She was named the Bulldogs’ head coach on July 9, 2013.
Pervez guided the 2015 Bulldogs to one of their best seasons in school history, as Drake beat all three in-state rivals (Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa) for the first time since 1992, posted an impressive 14-1 mark at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center and finished the year with a 22-6 record. The Bulldogs posted a 6-1 MVC mark to earn the No. 2 seed in the league tournament. Drake advanced to the MVC Championship match for the second straight year, before falling to Wichita State in the finals.
The Bulldogs garnered three all-MVC honors. Mariel Ante and Adrienne Jensen were named first team all-MVC No. 1 doubles, snapping a 21-year drought for the Bulldogs. Ante also collected all-select team honors for her three conference wins at No. 1 singles, as Maddie Johnson joined her to the all-select team. Johnson received regional recongition as she garnered the ITA Centra Region Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership Award and first team Capital One Academic All-District honors for the second consecutive year.
Drake finished the 2014-15 season with six Bulldogs with 20 or more singles wins. Freshman Jensen led the team with 31 victories, followed by junior Lea Kozulic (28), senior Nell Boyd (26), junior Maddie Johnson (24) and freshmen Summer Brills (22) and Tess Herder (20).
Under Pervez's direction, Nell Boyd recorded 63 wins over the last two seasons to become the winningest doubles player in program history with 97 doubles victories. Boyd finished her career with 101 singles wins, becoming the third Bulldog in school history to surpass the century mark. Her 198 career combined singles/doubles wins is the most in Drake history.
In the fall of 2014, Drake captured five titles at the MVC Individuals, finishing with its highest victory total at the event since 1994 (7). The Bulldogs staked claim to a pair of doubles championships, while earning crowns in three of the seven singles flights. The two doubles titles marked the most for Drake since it won two in 1994, while the three singles championships represented the highest total since the Bulldogs took home four in 2006.
In her initial campaign as a head coach, she directed the Bulldogs to their fourth consecutive double-digit victory campaign with a 16-6 overall record, including a 4-2 mark in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Pervez led Drake to a 7-1 start to its 2014 campaign en route to cracking the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings for the first time since 2002 when the Bulldogs checked in at No. 72 on March 4.
Playing with only six players during the entire dual campaign, Drake found success playing away from the Roger Knapp Tennis Center as the Bulldogs posted a 9-4 ledger. Drake was equally successful maintaining its homecourt registering a 7-2 mark at home.
The Bulldogs’ bid to capture the MVC regular season crown went down to the wire before Drake suffered a 4-3 setback in its regular season finale at Wichita State.
The Bulldogs entered the MVC Championship as the No. 3 seed and bested Evansville and Southern Illinois by identical 4-1 scores to reach the title match of the MVC Championship for the first time since 2001. The Bulldogs battled in the championship match but were unable to dethrone the Shockers, dropping a 4-0 decision.
Some of the highlights of Pervez’s initial campaign as head coach included; Drake defeating its first Southeastern Conference opponent since the 1993 campaign with its 4-3 triumph at Missouri, the Bulldogs winning at Iowa State for the first time since Jan. 31, 2004, the Bulldogs posting a 5-2 win at Nebraska, the 2013 Big Ten Conference regular season champions, their first over the Huskers since a 4-2 triumph since Feb. 17, 1996 and earning Drake’s first-ever triumph over Wisconsin, 4-3.
Four Bulldogs garnered All-MVC accolades when the conference released it postseason awards on as sophomore Maddie Johnson, junior Nell Boyd and sophomore Jordan Eggleston were tabbed first-team All-MVC honorees at the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 singles slots, respectively, while senior Klavdija Rebol was named to the MVC All-Select squad. The three first-team honorees were the most for the Bulldogs since four Drake players were selected to the All-MVC first team in 1999.
Off the court, Johnson garnered recognition for her work in the classroom with her selection to the MVC Scholar-Athlete first team as well as being tabbed a first-team Capital One Academic All-America All-District VI At-Large selection. She also was chosen as the MVC Women’s Tennis Elite 18 Award winner, which honors the highest achievement on academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each league-sponsored sport.
In singles action, the Bulldogs were paced by 31, 31, 30, 26, 18 and 10 triumphs, respectively, from Boyd, Johnson, Eggleston, sophomore Mariel Ante, sophomore Lea Kozulic and Rebol.
In doubles, Boyd and Eggleston led Drake with 32 doubles wins apiece, while adding 24, 23, 23 and nine victories, respectively, were Johnson, Ante, Rebol and Kozulic.
During the fall of 2013 she helped guide the Bulldogs to 98 combined singles/doubles victories, including 60 in singles action. Drake players captured 14 titles, including eight in singles and six in doubles competition, respectively.
Ante and Johnson earned five championships apiece for Drake, while Boyd and Eggleston each registered four titles.
Johnson captured the No. 5 singles crown at the Missouri Valley Conference Individuals en route to collecting a No. 118 national ranking in the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason rankings. Johnson was the lone women’s tennis player in the MVC to be rated nationally.
Boyd and Eggleston earned the No. 2 doubles title at the MVC Individuals to become the first Drake women’s tennis doubles tandem to win a championship at the annual league championship since 2005.
Pervez came to Drake after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach at Princeton. She helped mentor three Tigers to All-Ivy League accolades this spring, including Lindsay Graff, who was tabbed a first-team All-Ivy selection in singles.
Freshman Amanda Muliawan captured the ITA Northeast Regional singles crown last fall under Pervez’s tutelage, becoming the first-ever Princeton women’s tennis player to do so and by virtue of the triumph earn a berth in the ITA National Indoor Championships.
Pervez also contributed to the signing of the nation’s No. 7 recruiting class as chosen by TennisRecruiting.net.
She previously served from 2005-11 as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Ohio State, as well as a one-year stint at Nebraska (2004-05).
During her tenure at Ohio State, she helped the Buckeyes reach the NCAA Tournament three times (2008, 2009 and 2010), including earning a 4-1 victory over DePaul in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
The Buckeyes established a school record for victories as well as achieving a school-record No. 17 ITA ranking during the 2010 campaign.
During her playing career at Ohio State from 1999-2003, she accumulated 190 combined singles/double victories en route to earning first-team All-Big Ten accolades as a senior in 2003.
The Buckeyes qualified for the NCAA Tournament during each of her four seasons in Columbus and posted the school’s first-ever tournament victory, 5-3, over the University of Miami in 2000.
She is third and fifth, respectively, in Buckeye’ women’s tennis history in singles (99) and doubles (91) wins.
A native of Warren, New Jersey, Pervez graduated from The Ohio State University in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing.