Bulldogs Collect 4-3 Victory Over Wisconsin
DES MOINES, Iowa - Junior Nell Boyd’s (Arlington Heights, Ill.) three-set victory at No. 4 singles clinched a dramatic 4-3 win for the Drake women’s tennis team over Wisconsin (4-2) on Sunday (Feb. 23) at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
The victory extended the Bulldogs’ winning streak to five, while also marking the first-ever triumph for Drake (5-1) against the Badgers. The win was the Bulldog’s initial decision versus a team from the Big Ten Conference since besting Minnesota, 4-3, on Feb. 2, 2002.
The Bulldogs registered a pair of come-from-behind victories in doubles to stake themselves to a 1-0 advantage entering singles play.
Boyd and sophomore Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) gave Drake its initial win in doubles besting Sydney Rider and Anastasia Tripolskaya at No. 3, 8-5.
The Badgers evened the affair at one in singles after Chypyha netted a 6-0, 6-0 triumph past Rebol on the No. 1 court.
Eggleston extended Drake’s margin to 2-1 dispatching Nova Patel at No. 5, 6-3, 6-4.
Sophomore Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) moved the Bulldogs to within a point of victory netting a 7-6 (1), 6-2 win against Bailey at the No. 6 position.
Wisconsin rallied with a pair of come-from-behind three-set wins on court No. 2 and 3, respectively, to square the affair at three.
The outcome of the contest then came down to the No. 4 spot where Boyd was battling Rider. After dropping the first set against Rider, 6-4, Boyd posted a 6-4 victory in the second to send the tilt into a winner-take-all third frame.
In the third set, Boyd raced to a 4-0 lead before Rider fought back to cut the deficit to 5-3. Boyd dug deep and persevered to capture the point and the match for the Bulldogs.
Drake returns to action on Friday (Feb. 28) traveling to Lincoln, Neb., for a 5:00 p.m. match at No. 53 Nebraska.
DRAKE (5-1) DEF. WISCONSIN (4-2), 4-3
FEB. 23, 2014 • ROGER KNAPP TENNIS CENTER
No. 1 Lauren Chypyha (WIS) def. Klavdija Rebol (DU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 2 Lauren Burich (WIS) def. Mariel Ante (DU), 6-7 (0), 6-3, 6-3
No. 3 Anastasia Tripolskaya (WIS) def. Maddie Johnson (DU), 0-6, 7-5, 6-3
No. 4 Nell Boyd (DU) def. Sydney Rider (WIS), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 Jordan Eggleston (DU) def. Nova Patel (WIS), 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Lea Kozulic (DU) def. Becca Bailey (WIS), 7-6 (1), 6-2
Order of Finish: 1,5,6,3,2,4
No. 1 Burich/Patel (WIS) def. Ante/Kozulic (DU), 8-5
No. 2 Johnson/Rebol (DU) def. Bailey/Chypyha (WIS), 8-6
No. 3 Boyd/Eggleston (DU) def. Rider/Tripolskaya (WIS), 8-5
Order of Finish: 3,2,1