Drake Hosts Upper Iowa Before Opening Valley Slate Against Northern Iowa
Having earned victories in eight of its last 10 matches, the Drake women’s tennis team returns to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center this weekend seeking to continue its winning ways hosting Upper Iowa on Saturday (March 29) before opening Missouri Valley Conference play against Northern Iowa on Sunday (March 30). Match times are slated for 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., respectively, against the Peacocks and Panthers. The showdown with Upper Iowa represents the final non-conference match of the regular season for Drake.
IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
Drake 7, Upper Iowa 0 (Feb. 25, 2012)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake extended its then winning streak to 10 straight following a 7-0 victory over Upper Iowa at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
The two sides battled first on the singles court and the Bulldogs responded with a sweep of all six contests.
Clinching the affair for Drake was Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.), who claimed a 6-1, 6-0 triumph at the No. 2 slot.
Drake swept all three doubles matches, with the No. 3 tandem of Jessica Aguilera and Earlynn Lauer earning the deciding tally, 8-1.
Drake 4, Northern Iowa 1 (April 26, 2013)
WICHITA, Kan. - Drake registered a 4-1 victory over Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Championship to advance to the conference semifinals for the second year in a row.
Drake captured the early momentum in the affair claiming victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles positions to stake itself to a 1-0 advantage.
The Panthers evened the affair at one in singles after a win at the top spot.
Nell Boyd put Drake ahead to stay after besting Jessica King, 6-4, 6-3, on the No. 4 court.
Extending the Bulldogs’ lead to 3-1 at No. 3 was Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.), 6-4, 6-1.
Punching Drake’s ticket into the semifinals with a 7-5, 6-3 triumph at No. 2 was Evy Van Genechten.
Drake 5, Northern Iowa 2 (March 30, 2013)
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Drake opened its 2013 Missouri Valley Conference slate registering a 5-2 victory over Northern Iowa.
The in-state showdown began with the two sides splitting decisions at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions, setting the stage for a winner-take-all match on the No. 1 court.
Maddie Johnson pushed Drake’s margin to 2-0 in singles, registering a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 4.
The Panthers evened the affair at two following consecutive wins at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions, before the Bulldogs closed out the match with three unanswered triumphs en route to a 5-2 victory.
Evy Van Genechten began the march winning at No. 2, 6-2, 6-2. Eggleston followed by recording the match-clinching tally at No. 6, 6-0, 6-1.
Rounding out the Bulldogs’ victory total at No. 5 was Nell Boyd, 6-3, 6-2.
DRAKE SUFFERS SETBACK AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
In the finale of its spring break trip, Drake suffered a 6-1 decision setback at Boston University last Saturday (March 22). The loss ended a dominating streak for the Bulldogs who entered the contest 7-0 in matches away from the Roger Knapp Tennis Center this season.
The Terriers garnered the doubles points on the strength of victories over Drake at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions, respectively.
Four of the six singles matches went to a deciding third set. Unfortunately for Drake, Boston University secured the triumph in the affair winning three of those four contests.
Eggleston accounted for the Bulldogs’ only triumph in singles as she edged Rodriguez at No. 5, 3-6, 6-2, 10-6.
BULLDOGS GARNER 4-3 TRIUMPH AT BROWN
Drake cracked the double-digit win plateau for the fourth consecutive year on the strength of the Bulldogs’ 4-3 victory past Brown last Thursday (March 20).
Drake staked itself to a 1-0 lead after capturing the doubles point fueled by triumphs at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions, respectively.
The Bears regained the lead in singles, 2-1, with victories on the top two courts.
Johnson answered the call for the Bulldogs evening the affair at two besting Nikita Uberol at the No. 3 slot, 6-2, 6-4.
Nell Boyd moved Drake to within a point of victory coming from behind to dispatch Sarah Kandath at No. 4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
Brown had an answer of its own taking the No. 5 match, 6-1, 7-6 (8), to square the contest at three.
With the outcome of the affair riding on the result on the No. 6 court, sophomore Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) registered a 7-6 (6), 6-4 triumph past Noyes to clinch the victory for the Bulldogs.
DRAKE EARNS 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.
DOUBLES PLAY PROPELS BULLDOGS
Drake has been sparked this season by its doubles play as the Bulldogs are 10-0 when winning the doubles tally and have won more than 73 percent of their matches. Sporting a 28-1 doubles mark this year, including a 12-0 record during the spring campaign, Nell Boyd directs Drake in doubles triumphs. She surpassed her career high for victories (21) set during her freshman season with a win over the Wisconsin. Mariel Ante, Jordan Eggleston and Maddie Johnson also have surpassed their career-best marks in doubles this spring.
• The Bulldogs will be opening their conference slate against Northern Iowa for the fifth consecutive campaign.
• Drake is 6-2 in Missouri Valley Conference openers since 2006.
• Drake owns an 8-3 mark at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center since 2011 in league matches. Two of the Bulldogs’ three losses came at the hands of Wichita State, who has won its last 40 regular season conference tilts.
• With its victory at Brown, Drake reached the double-digit win plateau for the fourth consecutive season.
• Drake defeated what is believed to be its first Southeastern Conference opponent since the 1993 campaign with its 4-3 triumph at Missouri (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 24, 22, 22 and 21 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 March 16.
• Boyd leads the Bulldogs with a 50-10 combined singles/doubles ledger. She is followed by Eggleston (46-14), Johnson (44-12), Ante (39-20), Klavidja Rebol (25-20) and Lea Kozulic (19-16).
• Johnson owns a team-leading 24 singles victories this season to pace the Bulldogs. Ante and Boyd are two off her pace with 22 wins apiece. 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 Kozulic have established career highs in singles wins this season.
• 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.
• Boyd and Eggleston led the Bulldogs with 7-0 singles marks during the squad’s winning streak, while Ante, Lea Kozulic, Johnson and Rebol recorded 6-1, 6-1, 5-1 and 4-3 records, respectively.
• Boyd and Johnson are each 8-2 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 50-10 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 128 wins are 11 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 72.
• Boyd and Rebol are on pace to crack the Drake top 10 in career singles victories as the duo enters the Upper Iowa match with 66 and 56 wins, respectively. Boyd is two wins shy of moving into the top 10 as Kari Sloboth and Jenny Saluri each recorded 68 singles triumphs at Drake.
• Johnson, Ante, Eggleston and Boyd are rated first, second, fourth and fifth, respectively, at Drake (since the 2007-08 campaign) in winning percentage in singles play. The quartet owns .793 (46-12), .698 (37-16), .672 (45-22) and .635 (66-38) winning percentages, respectively. In doubles, Eggleston, Boyd, Johnson and Rebol highlight the top-four spots sporting .738 (48-17), .689 (62-28), .660 (35-18) and .649 (72-39) 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 face conference road tests at Evansville and Southern Illinois on April 5 and 6, respectively. Match times are slated for 1:00 p.m. against the Purple Aces and 10:00 versus the Salukis.