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Drake Hosts Bradley In Non-Conference Tilt

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
         
Release: March 13, 2013
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WHAT'S AHEAD
In a unique non-conference showdown, the Drake women's tennis team will entertain fellow Missouri Valley Conference foe Bradley on Friday (March 15) at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.  Match time against the Braves is slated for 2:00 p.m.

A LOOK BACK
Drake came up short in its bid to capture the Bulldogs' in-state showdown at Iowa State last Friday (March 8) as the Cyclones posted a 5-2 victory.

Iowa State garnered the doubles point on the strength of triumphs at the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles positions.

The tandem of sophomore Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and freshman Evy Van Genechten (Antwerp, Belgium) earned Drake's lone doubles win at No. 3, downing Meghan Cassens and Ana Gasparovic, 8-5.

The Bulldogs exerted their muscle at the top of the singles lineup as Drake registered victories on the No. 1 and 3 courts, respectively.

Junior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia) bested Simona Cacciuttolo at No. 1, 6-3, 7-6 (4), while Van Genechten dispatched Gasparovic at No. 3, 6-4, 7-5.

IN OUR LAST ENCOUNTER
Drake 6, Bradley 1 (April 6, 2012)
DES MOINES, Iowa -
Drake registered a 6-1 victory over Bradley on April 6, 2012 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs swept all three doubles contests on the evening, with the tandem of Jessica Aguilera and Klavdija Rebol pulling in the deciding tally with an 8-3 decision at the No. 2 slot.

Manca Krizman garnered her then 24th-straight singles victory at No. 1, 6-0, 6-1.  Gabriela Demos extended Drake's lead to 3-0 on court No. 3, 6-1, 6-1.

Amanda Aragon clinched the match in favor of the Bulldogs on the strength of a 6-1, 6-2 decision at the No. 4 position.

Rounding out Drake's victory total on the evening were Rebol and Aguilera, who posted wins at the Nos. 2 and 5 slots, respectively.

VAN GENECHTEN NAMED MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Missouri Valley Conference announced that Drake freshman Evy Van Genechten was named the MVC Women's Tennis Player of the Week. The award marked the second week in a row that a Bulldog was honored, while representing the initial accolade for Van Genechten during her Drake career.

Van Genechten posted a pair of victories in the Bulldogs' 5-2 setback at Iowa State last Friday (March 8).

Paired with Nell Boyd, the duo registered Drake's lone doubles victory, an 8-5 decision, at the No. 3 position.  In singles, she bested Ana Gasparovic at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 7-5.

On the season, Van Genechten owns a 27-21 combined singles/doubles ledger, including 18-9 in singles. She has won her last four decisions in singles and is 8-2 over her last 10 singles matches. During the dual campaign she sports a 10-3 singles ledger.

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 (LaQuinta, Calif.) and Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) lead Drake with 34-21 and 31-15 combined singles/doubles ledgers, respectively.  Freshman Evy Van Genechten has registered a team-best 18 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 (Varazdin, Croatia), freshman Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.), senior Ali Patterson (Overland Park, Kan.) and sophomore Amanda Dick (Kenosha, Wis.) with 27, 26, 25, 22, 19, 15 and 11 wins, respectively.

DRAKE ODDS-N-ENDS
  • Evy Van Genechten owns an 8-2 mark in her last 10 singles matches. Maintaining identical 6-4 winning records over the same span in singles are Amanda Dick, Maddie Johnson and Ali Patterson.
  • Klavdija Rebol is three singles wins shy of 50 for her Drake career.
  • Johnson and Lea Kozulic are 6-4 as a duo in their last 10 doubles matches.
  • During the dual campaign, Jordan Eggleston and Rebol pace the Bulldogs with seven and six victories, respectively.
  • Van Genechten leads Drake with a 10-3 singles record during the spring season, while also owning winning marks are Johnson (6-3) and Rebol (6-6).
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 has more than two weeks off before opening Missouri Valley Conference play at Northern Iowa on March 31.


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