Drake Nets 5-2 Triumph Over UMKC
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Drake women’s tennis team registered its second consecutive victory recording a 5-2 triumph over UMKC (3-2) on Friday (Feb. 7).
“We handled a lot of adversity today with injuries and tough playing conditions,” Bulldog head coach Sadhaf Pervez commented. “We are playing better each week and I am proud of how hard the girls are practicing. We lost 4-3 to this team last year and they are a stronger team this spring with their incoming freshmen, so it shows our teams' competitiveness."
Drake (2-1) collected the doubles point on the strength wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 slots, with the tandem of sophomores Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.) and Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) posting a 6-2 decision at top spot to capture the tally.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 2-1 in singles after Ante bested Raquel Argenal at the No. 2 position, 6-1, 6-1.
Sophomore Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) pushed the Drake advantage to 3-1 dispatching Gaby Pintos at No. 6, 6-3, 6-0.
Junior Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) followed by clinching the match in the Bulldogs’ favor downing Maddie Schultz at No. 4, 6-4, 6-2.
Kozulic capped the victory total for Drake registering a 7-6 (6), 6-2 win past Mariam Kurasbediani at the No. 5 position.
The Bulldogs return to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center next Saturday (Feb. 15) hosting Gustavus Adolphus at 4:00 p.m.
DRAKE (2-1) DEF. UMKC (3-2), 5-2
FEB. 7, 2014 • KANSAS CITY, MO.
No. 1 Dimitra Stavrianakou (UMKC) def. Klavdija Rebol (DU), 7-5, 5-7, 10-7
No. 2 Mariel Ante (DU) def. Raquel Argenal (UMKC), 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 Amelie Amsallem (UMKC) won by default
No. 4 Nell Boyd (DU) def. Maddie Schulte (UMKC), 6-4, 6-2
No. 5 Lea Kozulic (DU) def. Mariam Kurasbediani (UMKC), 7-6 (6), 6-2
No. 6 Jordan Eggleston (DU) def. Gaby Pintos (UMKC), 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 3,2,6,4,5,1
No. 1 Ante/Kozulic (DU) def. Linda Ammar Mouhoub/Stavrianakou (UMKC), 6-2
No. 2 Boyd/Rebol (DU) def. Pintos/Schulte (UMKC), 6-2
No. 3 Eggleston/Johnson (DU) leading Amsallem/Kurasbediani (UMKC), 5-4 unfinished
Order of Finish: 2,1