Bulldogs Look To Regain Winning Form Hosting North Dakota
IN OUR LAST MEETING
In the last meeting between Drake and North Dakota it was the Bulldogs who registered a 4-3 victory on Feb. 9, 2013, at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
Drake was forced to come from behind after UND registered wins at the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles slots to claim the doubles tally.
Evy Van Genechten got Drake on the board in singles at No. 3, netting a 6-0, 6-2 triumph.
Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) gave the Bulldogs the lead for good on the strength of a 6-0, 6-2 decision on court No. 5.
Amanda Dick pushed Drake to within a point of victory, posting a 6-0, 6-3 triumph at No. 6.
Registering the match-clinching point for the Bulldogs at the No. 2 position was Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia), 6-4, 7-5.
North Dakota captured wins at the Nos. 1 and 4 holes to round out the scoring in the affair.
JOHNSON HONORED AS MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Missouri Valley Conference announced on Tuesday (Jan. 28) that Drake sophomore Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) was honored as the MVC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. The award marked the initial weekly accolade for a Bulldog this season and the second in Johnson’s career.
Johnson posted a 1-1 combined singles/doubles mark in Drake’s setback on Sunday (Jan. 26) versus Milwaukee at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
The 118th-ranked player in the country extended her singles winning streak to eight with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph past Hayley Marshall at the No. 3 singles position.
• Playing No. 2 singles for the first time in her career at Drake, sophomore Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.) responded with her seventh win in her last 10 singles matches following a 6-2, 6-2 win against Milwaukee.
• Senior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia) is ranked fifth at Drake in victories (since the 2006-07 campaign) with 115. She also ranks fourth in career doubles triumphs (since 1990-91) with 63.
• Junior Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Rebol are on pace to crack the Drake top 10 in career singles victories as the duo enters the North Dakota match with 57 and 53 wins, respectively.
• Sophomores Maddie Johnson and Jordan Eggleston are rated first and third at Drake (since the 2007-08 campaign) in winning percentage in singles play. The duo owns .787 (37-10) and .655 (36-19) winning percentages, respectively.
• Johnson has a team-leading 15 singles victories this season to pace the Bulldogs. Boyd directs Drake with 17 doubles triumphs.
• Johnson and Ante are 8-2 and 7-3, respectively, in their last 10 singles contests.
• Boyd was 16-1 in doubles matches this fall.
• Drake finished 38-11 in doubles in the fall, with Boyd, Eggleston, Ante, Johnson and Rebol surpassing the 10-win plateau with 16, 16, 13, 13 and 10 victories, respectively.
DRAKE RECOGNIZED IN ITA PRESEASON RANKINGS
Maddie Johnson garnered recognition for her efforts on the court this past fall cracking the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason singles rankings checking in at No. 118. She was the lone Missouri Valley Conference representative in the women’s national rankings.
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 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, Maddie Johnson, Klavdija Rebol, Mariel Ante, Lea Kozulic and Amanda Dick.
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.
The Bulldogs own a 29-10 record in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center since 2011 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.
This past fall 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.
In singles action, the Bulldogs were paced by 14, 13, 12 and 12 triumphs, respectively, from Johnson, Ante, Boyd and Eggleston.
In doubles, Eggleston and Boyd led Drake with 16 doubles wins, while adding 13, 13 and 10 victories, respectively, were Johnson, Ante and senior Klavdija Rebol.
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 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 (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.
Drake travels to Kansas City, Mo., for a 1:00 p.m. tilt on Feb. 7 versus UMKC.