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Drake Closes Homestand Entertaining Creighton And Wisconsin

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Release: February 19, 2014
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The Drake women’s tennis teams concludes its homestand facing former Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton on Friday (Feb. 21) and Wisconsin on Sunday (Feb. 23) at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. Match times are slated for 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m., respectively. The showdown with the Badgers will be the Bulldogs’  Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Campus Kids Day, which is a free event designed to expose current and aspiring junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis.

A LOOK BACK
Drake recorded its third consecutive victory last Saturday (Feb. 15) on the strength of a 7-0 triumph past Gustavus Adolphus at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs assumed a lead they didn’t relinquish in the match after collecting the doubles tally with wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 positions. Clinching the deciding tally with an 8-1 victory at the No. 2 spot was the tandem of junior Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and senior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia).

In singles, Boyd pushed Drake’s advantage to 2-0 besting Aryn Eckstrom at No. 4, 6-0, 6-0.

Sophomore Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) stretched the lead to 3-0 dispatching Sidney Dirks at No. 3, 6-0,6-0.

Sophomore Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) clinched the victory for Drake netting a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Annie Mahoney on the No. 6 court.

The Bulldogs also garnered wins at the Nos. 1, 2 and 5 slots from sophomore Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.), Rebol and sophomore Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia).

IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
Drake is encountering Creighton for the initial time as a non-conference opponent after the Bluejays joined the Big East Conference in July.  The Bulldogs and Wisconsin have not met since Jan. 23, 2004, when the Badgers posted a 7-0 triumph.

Drake registered a 7-0 triumph past Creighton on April 6, 2013, at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs garnered the only point they needed in the affair with a sweep of the doubles competition.  Registering the doubles tally on the No. 1 court was the tandem of Klavdija Rebol and Jordan Eggleston, who bested Anna Kirshenbaum and Analese Snyder, 8-4.

Maddie Johnson extended Drake’s advantage to 2-0 in singles after posting a 6-2, 6-1 decision at the No. 4 slot.

Nell Boyd brought the Bulldogs to within a point of victory on the No. 5 court, dispatching Liz Vermillion, 6-2, 6-0.

Sealing the triumph for Drake with a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 1 over Jennie Hartjes was Rebol.

The Bulldogs also received victories at the Nos. 2, 3 and 6 positions from Evy Van Genechten, Lea Kozulic and Mariel Ante.

DRAKE ODDS-N-ENDS
•    Sporting a 20-1 doubles mark this season, including 4-0 during the spring campaign, Nell Boyd directs Drake in doubles triumphs. She is one win shy of equaling her career high for victories (21) set during her freshman season.
•    Mariel Ante and Maddie Johnson each own a team-leading 17 singles victories this season to pace the Bulldogs. Ante’s 17 triumphs have established a career high.
•     Boyd leads the Bulldogs with a 35-8 combined singles/doubles ledger. She is followed by Ante (33-10), Jordan Eggleston (33-10), Johnson (30-8), Klavdija Rebol (16-11) and Lea Kozulic (13-6).
•    Rebol is ranked fourth at Drake in victories (since the 2006-07 campaign) with 119. She is also fourth in career doubles triumphs (since 1990-91) with 65.
•    Johnson has won her last 10 singles matches.
•    Boyd and Rebol are on pace to crack the Drake top 10 in career singles victories as the duo enters the Creighton match with 59 and 54 wins, respectively.
•    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 .796 (39-10), .727 (32-12), .672 (39-19) and .621 (59-36) winning percentages, respectively.
•    Johnson, Ante and Boyd are 10-0, 8-2 and 8-2, respectively, in their last 10 singles contests.
•    Johnson was tabbed as the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week  on Jan. 28 for the period of Jan. 20-26.
•    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.

HOME COOKING
The Bulldogs own a 31-10 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.

Sophomores Mariel Ante and Maddie Johnson earned five championships apiece for Drake, while junior Nell Boyd and sophomore Jordan Eggleston each registered four titles.

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.

UP NEXT
The Bulldogs travel to Lincoln, Neb., to battle No. 53 Nebraska and Colorado State on Feb. 28 and March 1, respectively. Match time versus the Huskers is slated for 5:00 p.m., while the encounter with the Rams will begin at 11:00 a.m.

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