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Drake Eyes Back-To-Back Wins Visiting UMKC

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: February 05, 2014
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Fresh off registering its initial victory of the season, the Drake women’s tennis team eyes consecutive triumphs when the Bulldogs visit UMKC on Friday (Feb. 7). The matinee affair is scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m.

A LOOK BACK
Drake notched its first victory of the spring last Saturday (Feb. 1) on the strength of a 7-0 triumph past North Dakota at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs assumed a lead they didn’t relinquish in the match after registering victories at the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles positions. Clinching the point for Drake at No. 1 was the tandem of sophomores Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.) and Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) with a 6-1 triumph.

Sophomore Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) extended the Bulldogs’ advantage to 2-0 in singles besting Mikaela Bennet at No. 6, 6-1, 6-0.

Sophomore Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) gave Drake a 3-0 lead winning on the No. 3 court, 6-0, 6-2.

Clinching the match and the first-ever coaching victory for Drake head coach Sadhaf Pervez was Kozulic, who dispatched Faith Lee at the No. 5 position, 6-0, 6-2.

The Bulldogs also garnered victories from senior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia), Ante and junior Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) at the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 slots, respectively.

IN OUR LAST MEETING
A furious comeback fell short for Drake as UMKC spoiled the Bulldogs’ 2013 home opener with a 4-3 triumph on Feb. 2 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Kangaroos stole the early momentum in the affair registering victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions to claim the doubles point.

Klavdija Rebol evened the tilt at one following her 6-1, 6-4 singles triumph at No. 3.

UMKC regained the lead 3-1 after posting wins on the top two courts.

Jordan Eggleston began Drake’s comeback besting Amelie Amsallem on court No. 5, 7-5, 6-1.

Maddie Johnson followed by knotting the showdown at three after a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 6.

All eyes then landed on court No. 4 where Evy Van Genechten was battling Dimitra Stavrinakou.

Van Genechten took the initial set, 6-4, before Stavrinakou battled back to stave off the loss on the strength of a 7-5 decision in the second set.

The final frame came down to the tiebreaker where Stavrinakou withstood a furious charge from Van Genechten to complete a 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6) victory.

DRAKE ODDS-N-ENDS
Klavdija Rebol is ranked fifth at Drake in victories (since the 2006-07 campaign) with 116. She also ranks fourth in career doubles triumphs (since 1990-91) with 63.
• Junior Nell Boyd and Rebol are on pace to crack the Drake top 10 in career singles victories as the duo enters the UMKC match with 58 and 54 wins, respectively.
• Sophomores Maddie Johnson and Jordan Eggleston and Boyd are rated first, fourth and fifth, respectively, at Drake (since the 2007-08 campaign) in winning percentage in singles play.  The trio owns .792 (38-10), .661 (37-19) and .613 (57-36) winning percentages, respectively.
• Johnson has a team-leading 16 singles victories this season to pace the Bulldogs. Boyd directs Drake with 18 doubles triumphs.
• Johnson and sophomore Mariel Ante are 9-1 and 8-2, respectively, in their last 10 singles contests.
• Johnson was tabbed as the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week  on Jan. 28 for the period of Jan. 20-26.
• 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.

HOME COOKING
The Bulldogs own a 30-10 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.

Sophomores Mariel Ante and Maddie Johnson earned five championships apiece for Drake, while junior Nell Boyd and sophomore Jordan Eggleston each registered four titles.

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 2002.

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.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs return home to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center to entertain Gustavus Adolphus in a 1:00 p.m. match on Feb. 15.

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