Bulldogs Host Drake Fall Invitational
The Drake women’s tennis team begins its six-tournament fall campaign this weekend hosting the Drake Fall Invitational at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
The three-day event running Friday (Sept. 13) through Sunday (Sept. 15) features players from Creighton, Drake, Iowa State, Nebraska Omaha, North Dakota, Northern Colorado and Northern Iowa.
Action kicks off on Friday (Sept. 13) at 11:00 a.m. with two rounds of doubles and the first round of singles competition. On Saturday (Sept. 14), there will be two rounds of singles and one of doubles starting at 9:00 a.m. The tournament concludes beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday (Sept. 15) with one round each of singles and doubles.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Drake returns seven letterwinners from a squad that posted a 13-10 ledger last spring, including a 5-2 second-place showing in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) led Drake with 47 combined singles/doubles victories, while the Bulldogs also garnered combined win totals of 37, 37, 36, 30, 26 and 11 from Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.), Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.), Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia), Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.), Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) and Amanda Dick (Kenosha, Wis.).
Boyd and Eggleston each registered a team-best 24 singles victories a year ago, while Eggleston and Rebol posted 23 and 22 doubles triumphs, respectively.
A YEAR AGO
Drake captured four singles titles on the final day of the Drake Fall Invitational on Sept. 16, 2012, at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center to raise the Bulldogs’ weekend title haul to eight.
Garnering her second title on the weekend in the ‘B’ singles draw was Nell Boyd, who bested Montse Fernandez from Wichita State, 6-2, 6-4.
Capturing her first career Drake Fall Invitational championship in the ‘C’ singles flight was Mariel Ante, dispatching Mary Malkin of Northern Illinois, 6-0, 6-0.
Jordan Eggleston made it three double-winners for the Bulldogs recording a 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-1 triumph past Amanda Noonan of Creighton in the ‘F’ singles draw.
Amanda Dick claimed a singles title registering a pair of victories in the ‘Round Robin’ flight.
In the top doubles flight, the duo of Eggleston and Klavdija Rebol recorded three victories capped by an 8-3 decision past Fernandez and Rebecca Pedrazzi to claim the ‘A’ flight crown.
In the ‘B’ doubles draw, the tandem of Boyd and Patterson posted a 3-0 record to earn the flight title with an 8-6 triumph over teammates Ante and Evy Van Genechten.
Taking home the championship in the ‘C’ flight with a 3-0 mark was Johnson and Lea Kozulic. The Bulldog’ pair dispatched Creighton’s Taylor Koehrsen and Noonan in the final, 8-4.
• Nell Boyd owns an 9-1 mark in her last 10 singles matches, while Jordan Eggleston and Maddie Johnson have recorded 8-1 records in the same span.
• Mariel Ante, Eggleston and Johnson have each won their last five singles matches dating back to last season.
• Klavdija Rebol registered her 50th career singles win for Drake last season at Bradley. She is Drake’s active leader with 51 career singles triumphs.
The Bulldogs own a 29-9 mark in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center over the last three seasons in dual matches.
DRAKE HEAD COACH SADHAF PERVEZ
Sadhaf Pervez, an assistant coach with eight years collegiate coaching experience, including the 2012-13 campaign at Princeton, is in her first year as head women’s tennis coach at Drake after being named to the position on July 9, 2013.
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 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (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.
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.
Drake travels to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete in the Golden Gopher Invitational next Friday through Sunday (Sept. 20-22).