Bulldogs Visit The Northeast For Trio Of Spring Break Matches
Having won nine of its last 10 matches, the Drake women’s tennis team travels to the Northeast this week for a trio of matches over the Bulldogs’ spring break. Drake opens its road swing at Rhode Island on Wednesday (March 19) before facing Brown and Boston University on Thursday (March 20) and Saturday (March 22), respectively. Match times are slated for 1:00 p.m. CT against the Rams, 4:00 p.m. versus the Bears and 2:00 p.m. with the Terriers.
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The Bulldogs are facing Rhode Island, Brown and Boston University for the first time in program history.
DRAKE EARNS 4-3 WIN AT MISSOURI
In a back-and-forth affair, Drake registered a come-from-behind 4-3 victory at Missouri on Sunday (March 16).
The Bulldogs and Tigers each registered wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles positions to force a winner-take-all showdown on the No. 3 court.
The tandem of sophomore Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) and senior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia) gave Drake a 1-0 lead recording an 8-7 (5) triumph past Tracy Dong and Kellin Hine.
Missouri received wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 singles positions to retake the lead, 2-1.
Johnson evened the contest at two for the Bulldogs besting Rachel Stuhlmann at No. 3, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
Madison Rhyner regained the advantage for the Tigers on the strength of a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 win over sophomore Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) on the No. 4 court.
Sophomore Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) collected a 7-6 (7), 6-2 victory at the No. 6 position against Dong to square the contest at three.
The outcome of the match then came down to the tilt between junior Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Cassidy Spearman at No. 5. Boyd captured the initial set, 7-5, before Spearman won the second frame, 6-4. In the deciding set, Boyd sealed the triumph for the Bulldogs with a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory.
BULLDOGS CRACK ITA RANKINGS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2002
On the strength of its 7-1 start to the 2014 campaign, Drake cracked into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings checking in at No. 72 in the poll released on March 4. The ranking was the first for the Bulldogs since being rated 75th on Feb. 13, 2002.
• Drake defeated what is believed to be its first Southeastern Conference opponent since the 1993 campaign with its 4-3 triumph at Missouri on Sunday (March 16). On Feb. 12, 1993, the Bulldogs posted their last victory over an SEC squad, besting Arkansas, 7-2.
• Four Bulldogs have cracked the 20-win plateau in singles this year, led by 23, 22, 21 and 20 victories, respectively, from Maddie Johnson, Mariel Ante, Nell Boyd and Jordan Eggleston.
• Drake garnered its first win over Missouri since April 21, 1989 with its 4-3 victory on Sunday (March 16).
• Boyd leads the Bulldogs with a 47-9 combined singles/doubles ledger. She is followed by Eggleston (43-13), Johnson (42-10), Ante (39-16), Rebol (24-17) and Kozulic (18-13).
• Sporting a 26-1 doubles mark this season, including 10-0 during the spring campaign, Boyd directs Drake in doubles triumphs. She surpassed her career high for victories (21) set during her freshman season with the win over the Wisconsin.
• Johnson owns a team-leading 23 singles victories this season to pace the Bulldogs. Ante is one off her pace with 22 wins. Ante’s 22 triumphs have established a career high, while Johnson surpassed her 22 victories last season with a win over Missouri.
• Ante, Johnson and Lea Kozulic have established career highs in singles wins this season. In doubles, Ante, Boyd, Eggleston and Johnson have equaled or surpassed their career-best marks in doubles.
• The Bulldogs’ win at Iowa State was their first over the Cyclones since Jan. 31, 2004, when Drake collected a 5-4 decision.
• During its seven-match winning streak Drake owned a 49-9 combined singles/doubles ledger, including a 35-7 record in singles action.
• Boyd and Eggleston led the Bulldogs with 7-0 singles marks during the squad’s winning streak, while Ante, Kozulic, Johnson and Klavdija Rebol recorded 6-1, 6-1, 5-1 and 4-3 records, respectively.
• Boyd and Johnson are each 9-1 in their last 10 singles contests.
• Drake has garnered four MVC Player of the Week honors this spring. Johnson (Jan. 28 and March 11) has earned recognition twice, while Ante (March 4), Boyd (Feb. 25) have each won the award once.
• The Bulldogs are 2-1 against teams from the Big Ten Conference this season. Drake suffered a 4-3 home setback against Iowa on March 5 after previously besting Nebraska, 5-2, Feb. 28 in Lincoln, Neb., and Wisconsin, 4-3, Feb. 23 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
• The Bulldogs’ 5-2 win at Nebraska was their first over the Huskers since a 4-2 triumph at the then Drake Tennis Center on Feb. 17, 1996.
• The Bulldogs’ win over Nebraska is even more impressive considering the Huskers were the 2013 Big Ten Conference regular season champions and were ranked as high as No. 25 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national poll this season, after reaching the third round of the NCAA Championship a year ago.
• The Bulldogs’ win versus Wisconsin represented their first victory past a Big Ten Conference foe since besting Minnesota in 2002, 4-3, while also marking Drake’s first-ever triumph over the Badgers.
• With her triumphs versus Colorado State, Boyd surpassed her career high for combined wins (41) set during the 2011-12 campaign. She now stands with a team-best 47-9 record.
• Rebol surpassed Manca Krizman (2009-12) for second place at Drake in victories (since the 2006-07 campaign) with her doubles triumph at Missouri. Her 127 wins are 12 shy of equaling Gabriela Demos’ (2008-12) 139 victories atop the list. She also moved past Rajasree Kuruvilla against Missouri for third all-time at Drake in career doubles triumphs (since 1990-91) with 71.
• Boyd and Rebol are on pace to crack the Drake top 10 in career singles victories as the duo enters the Rhode Island match with 65 and 56 wins, respectively.
• Johnson, Ante, Eggleston and Boyd are rated first, second, third and fifth, respectively, at Drake (since the 2007-08 campaign) in winning percentage in singles play. The quartet owns .804 (45-11), .725 (37-14), .677 (44-21) and .637 (65-37) winning percentages, respectively. In doubles, Eggleston, Boyd, Johnson and Rebol highlight the top-four spots sporting .730 (46-17), .682 (60-28), .667 (34-17) and .651 (71-38) winning percentages.
• 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 33-11 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 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.
The Bulldogs return to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center to host Upper Iowa and Northern Iowa on March 30. Drake will battle the Peacocks at 9:00 a.m., before opening its Missouri Valley Conference slate against the Panthers at 2:00 p.m.