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Bulldogs Face In-State Showdown At Iowa State

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Release: March 06, 2013
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WHAT'S AHEAD
In its lone match of the week, the Drake women's tennis squad faces an in-state showdown at Iowa State on Friday (March 8).  Match time is slated for 6:00 p.m.

A LOOK BACK
The Bulldogs posted a 2-1 mark in a trio of home contests last weekend at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.  Drake garnered 6-1 and 7-0 victories, respectively, over Central Arkansas and Nebraska Omaha, while dropping a 4-3 decision against Northern Illinois.

Drake 7, Nebraska Omaha 0 (March 3, 2013)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
Drake recorded wins in all nine matches en route to collecting a 7-0 triumph over Nebraska Omaha at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs captured the only point they needed in the affair on the strength of a sweep of the doubles competition.

Clinching the deciding tally at the No. 3 doubles position was the tandem of sophomore Amanda Dick (Kenosha, Wis.) and freshman Evy Van Genechten (Antwerp, Belgium), 8-3.

Sophomore Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and freshman Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) extended Drake's lead to 3-0 with victories to open singles action.

In her first singles competition of the spring campaign, freshman Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.) registered the match-clinching point with a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 3.

The Bulldogs also received victories at the Nos. 1, 5 and 6 slots, respectively, courtesy of Van Genechten, freshman Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) and Dick.

Northern Illinois 4, Drake 3 (March 2, 2013)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
The comeback for Drake fell just short as Northern Illinois posted a 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Huskies assumed a 1-0 lead after earning wins in all three doubles matches.  The advantage swelled to 2-0 before the Bulldogs rolled off three unanswered triumphs to retake the lead, 3-2.

Evy Van Genechten began the charge winning at the No. 3 position, 6-2, 6-2.  Maddie Johnson evened the affair at two after dispatching Cristina Alvarez on the No. 5 court, 6-3, 6-3.

Surging the Bulldogs to within a point of claiming the victory at No. 6 was Nell Boyd, 6-3, 6-4.

Northern Illinois evened the contest at three with a win at No. 4 to force a winner-take-all showdown at the No. 2 slot.

Freshman Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) captured the first set in her showdown with Haley Dekkinga, 6-4, before her opponent overcame a second-set deficit en route to notching the triumph and the match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Drake 6, Central Arkansas 1 (March 2, 2013)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
Drake registered its fourth consecutive home victory with a 6-1 triumph past Central Arkansas at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs captured the doubles point on the energy of wins at the top two doubles positions.  

Maddie Johnson and Nell Boyd pushed the Bulldogs' advantage to 3-0 following singles victories at the Nos. 5 and 6 positions.

Garnering the match-clinching point at No. 3 was Evy Van Genechten, who cultivated a 6-4, 7-5 win.
The Bulldogs gritted out a pair of three-set triumphs courtesy of junior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia) and Lea Kozulic to account for the final 6-1 margin.

IN OUR LAST ENCOUNTER
Iowa State 5, Drake 2 (March 9, 2012)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
Manca Krizman extended her singles winning streak to 17, but it wasn't enough to lift Drake to victory as Iowa State registered a 5-2 triumph at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Cyclones swept the doubles competition to assume a lead in the match they didn't relinquish.

Iowa State posted wins at the Nos. 1 and 5 singles positions to extend its lead to 3-0 before the Bulldogs cracked the scoring column on the strength of a 6-3, 6-2 victory by Ali Patterson (Overland Park, Kan.) at the No. 6 slot.

JOHNSON NAMED MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Missouri Valley Conference announced that Drake freshman Maddie Johnson was selected as the MVC Women's Tennis Player of the Week.  The recognition is the first for a Bulldog this season and the initial accolade for Johnson during her Drake career.

Johnson turned in a 5-1 combined singles/doubles record this past week, sparking the Bulldogs to a 2-1 mark.  

In Drake's 6-1 victory versus Central Arkansas last Saturday (March 2), she paired with Lea Kozulic to clinch the doubles point at the No. 2 position, before a win at the No. 5 singles slot.  Johnson then added a triumph at the No. 5 singles hole in the second of two matches on the day against Northern Illinois.  She capped her week with a pair of victories versus Nebraska Omaha on Sunday (March 3), including a win at the No. 2 singles position.  

On the season, Johnson owns a 31-13 combined singles/doubles ledger, including a team-best 17-6 singles mark.

SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Drake returns four letterwinners from a squad that posted a school record in wins with a 22-7 ledger last spring, including a second-place showing in the Missouri Valley Conference.  The Bulldogs picked up where they left off a year ago in the fall, registering a 102-76 combined singles/doubles record.

Freshmen Jordan Eggleston and Maddie Johnson lead Drake with 34-20 and 31-13 combined singles/doubles ledgers, respectively.  Eggleston, Johnson and freshman Evy Van Genechten have registered a team-best 17 singles victories, while Eggleston owns a team-high 17 doubles triumphs.

The Bulldogs also have received combined double-digit victory totals from Van Genechten, Klavdija Rebol, sophomore Nell Boyd, freshman Lea Kozulic, freshman Mariel Ante, senior Ali Patterson and sophomore Amanda Dick with 25, 25, 24, 22, 19, 15 and 11 wins, respectively.

HOME COOKING
The Bulldogs own a 26-7 mark in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center under head coach Paul Thomson.

DRAKE HEAD COACH PAUL THOMSON
Paul Thomson
is in his third season leading the Drake women's tennis program after serving five years (2005-10) as head men's and women's coach at Brevard College in Brevard, N.C.

Thomson led the Bulldogs to a 13-10 mark during his inaugural campaign, including a 4-3 third-place finish in the Missouri Valley Conference and Drake's first winning record since 2006.

During his rookie season guiding the Bulldogs, he mentored then freshman Klavdija Rebol, who became Drake's initial first team All-MVC performer since 2005, garnering all-league accolades at the No. 3 singles position.  Manca Krizman was also honored for her play on the court, being named to the All-Select squad by the MVC coaches.

In 2012, Thomson led the Bulldogs to a record-setting 22-7 ledger, en route to a 5-2 second-place finish in the MVC.  The 22 victories established a school record for wins and allowed Drake to surpass the 20-victory plateau for only the second time in school history.

The Bulldogs captured their initial postseason triumph since 2006 when Drake advanced to the State Farm MVC Championship semifinals with a 4-1 victory over Northern Iowa.

Five players earned 20 or more singles wins, sparked by Krizman, who posted a team-best 31-5 singles record, which included a 25-match winning streak. Every Bulldog registered a winning singles' record, while all but one Drake player matched the feat in doubles, led by 27 wins courtesy of Demos.

Drake's senior class of Amanda Aragon, Jessica Aguilera, Demos, Krizman and Earlynn Lauer made its mark on the Bulldogs' program.  Demos finished first in school history (since 2006-07) in combined career victories (139), while ranking third in school history (since 1990-91) in career doubles wins (74).  Krizman is third in school history (since 2006-07) in combined career victories (126), while Aguilera is rated fourth (120).

UP NEXT
Drake entertains Bradley in a non-conference showdown on March 15 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.  Match time is slated for 2:00 p.m.


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