Bulldogs Close Home Campaign Hosting Bradley And Illinois State
The Drake women’s tennis team will close out the home portion of its schedule this weekend hosting Bradley and Illinois State at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The Bulldogs opens their weekend homestand battling the Braves at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday (April 12) before a 10:00 a.m. showdown with the Redbirds on Sunday (April 13).
ONE FINAL HOMESTAND
The Bulldogs’ tilts with Bradley and Illinois State this weekend represent the final home matches in the Drake career of senior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia). She enters this weekend with a 132-92 combined singles/doubles record over her four seasons. She has registered a career high in doubles victories this season (22). She will be honored with Senior Day festivities after the Bulldogs’ match versus Illinois State on Sunday (April 13).
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS EDGES DRAKE, 4-3
In a match that came down to the final contest, Southern Illinois withstood a late Drake charge to register a 4-3 triumph over the Bulldogs in women’s tennis action on Sunday (April 6).
The two sides split decisions on the top two doubles courts setting the stage for a winner-take-all showdown at the No. 3 position.
The Salukis proved victorious in the affair as Arianda Cairo Baza and Polina Dozortseva edged sophomore Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) and Klavdija Rebol in the tiebreaker to win the doubles point with an 8-7 (7) decision.
Sophomore Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) evened the contest at one opening singles with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5.
The Salukis regained the momentum registering triumphs at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, respectively, to assume a 3-1 advantage.
Junior Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) began the Bulldogs’ comeback charge besting Dozortseva at the No. 4 slot, 6-4, 6-2.
Johnson squared the contest at three garnering a come-from-behind 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory past Meagan Monaghan on the No. 3 court.
Securing the match-clinching tally for the Salukis at the No. 6 position over sophomore Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) was Gisela Cairo Baza, with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph.
BULLDOGS EARN 5-2 VICTORY OVER EVANSVILLE
Drake registered victories in five of its six singles matches to complete a come-from-behind 5-2 triumph past Evansville last Saturday (April 5).
The Purple Aces earned the early advantage in the affair claiming the doubles point on the strength of wins at the top two positions.
Maddie Johnson opened singles for the Bulldogs posting a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 3 slot, to even the match at one.
Jordan Eggleston gave Drake the lead for good besting Andjela Brguljan on the No. 5 court, 6-1, 6-2.
Klavdija Rebol moved the Bulldogs to within a point of victory after collecting a 6-3, 6-1 decision at the top spot.
Nell Boyd garnered the match-clinching tally for Drake dispatching Kelsey Costales, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 4.
Sophomore Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.) capped the afternoon for the Bulldogs netting a 6-0, 7-6 (3) triumph at the No. 2 position.
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Drake 6, Bradley 1 (April 20, 2013)
PEORIA, Ill. - Drake captured a 6-1 victory at Bradley in the next-to-last regular season match of its 2013 campaign.
Lea Kozulic extended Drake’s advantage to 2-0 in singles besting Sarah Rodefeld, 6-1, 6-0 on the No. 2 court.
Jordan Eggleston stretched the margin to 3-0 winning at No. 4, 6-0, 6-3.
Nell Boyd recorded the match-clinching point at the No. 3 spot netting a 6-2, 6-2 triumph.
Drake also received victories at the Nos. 1 and 5 positions courtesy of Klavdija Rebol and Ante.
Rebol posted her 50th career singles win, dispatching Adele Henke, 6-2, 6-4, while Ante bettered Cassia Wojtalik, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.
Drake 4, Illinois State 3 (April 21, 2013)
NORMAL, Ill. - Drake closed its 2013 regular season with a bang registering a come-from-behind 4-3 victory at Illinois State. The triumph represented the first road victory for Drake over the Redbirds since 1999.
Illinois State snatched the early momentum in the affair with wins at the top-two doubles slots to take a 1-0 lead into singles action.
Jordan Eggleston got Drake on the scoreboard opening singles with a 7-5, 6-2 triumph at the No. 5 position.
The Redbirds looked poised to claim the victory following consecutive wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 spots to regain a 3-1 lead.
Mariel Ante began the Bulldogs’ comeback besting Gabby Phillips at No. 6, 7-6 (7), 6-2.
Klavdija Rebol followed with a 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 triumph at the top spot to even the affair at three.
Nell Boyd garnered the match-clinching tally with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 decision versus Kadi Ilves.
• Junior Nell Boyd and sophomore Jordan Eggleston have both surpassed the 50-win plateau this season. The duo enters action this week with combined win totals of 55 and 53, respectively. One victory shy of joining them is sophomore Maddie Johnson, who owns 49 wins this season.
• Eggleston recorded her 50th career doubles triumph with an 8-6 victory at the No. 3 singles position against Evansville.
• Eggleston and Johnson enter action this weekend needing one singles wins apiece to reach 50 for career as a Bulldog.
• Five Bulldogs have surpassed the double-digit win plateau for victories in singles play this spring. Junior Nell Boyd leads the way with 14 wins, while sophomores Eggleston, Johnson, Mariel Ante and Lea Kozulic have posted 13, 13, 12 and 11 triumphs, respectively.
• In doubles, Boyd paces the Drake attack with a team-best 13 doubles wins this spring, while also cracking the 10-victory plateau is Klavdija Rebol and Eggleston with 12 and 11 triumphs, respectively.
• Boyd leads the Bulldogs with a 55-12 combined singles/doubles ledger. She is followed by Eggleston (53-15), Johnson (49-14), Ante (44-23), Rebol (29-23) and Lea Kozulic (22-21).
• Johnson owns a team-leading 27 singles victories this season to pace the Bulldogs. Boyd is one off her pace with 26 wins. Ante’s 25 triumphs have established a career high, while Johnson surpassed her 22 victories last season with a win over Missouri.
• Ante, Boyd, Eggleston, Johnson and Kozulic have established career highs in singles wins this season.
• Four Bulldogs have cracked the 20-win plateau in singles this year, led by 27, 26, 25 and 25 victories, respectively, from Johnson, Boyd, Ante and Eggleston.
• Johnson and Boyd are 9-1 and 8-2, respectively, in their last 10 singles contests.
• Following its 6-1 triumph over Northern Iowa on March 30, Drake improved to 7-2 in Missouri Valley Conference openers since 2006.
• Drake owns a 9-3 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 over Upper Iowa, 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.
• Drake garnered its first win over Missouri since April 21, 1989 with its 4-3 victory on March 16.
• 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.
• 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 55-12 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 132 wins are seven 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 73.
• Boyd and Rebol are on pace to both crack the Drake top 10 in career singles victories as the duo enters the Bradley match with 70 and 59 wins, respectively. Boyd’s victory over Northern Iowa moved her into the top 10 equaling Kari Sloboth and Jenny Saluri for ninth all-time at Drake.
• 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 .803 (49-12), .702 (40-17), .690 (49-22) and .648 (70-38) winning percentages, respectively. In doubles, Eggleston, Boyd, Johnson and Rebol highlight the top-four spots sporting .739 (51-18), .677 (63-30), .649 (37-20) and .640 (73-41) 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 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 70 percent of their matches. Sporting a 29-3 doubles mark this year, including a 13-2 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 Wisconsin. Mariel Ante, Jordan Eggleston and Maddie Johnson also have surpassed their career-best marks in doubles this spring.
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 35-11 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 conclude their regular season campaign visiting defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Wichita State on April 19. Match time against the Shockers is set for 10:00 a.m.