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Women's Tennis Returns Home For Pair Of League Tilts

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Release: April 14, 2011
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APRIL 14, 2011

WHAT'S AHEAD: The Bulldogs return home this week to entertain Evansville and Southern Illinois at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center this weekend.  Drake battles the Purple Aces on Saturday (April 16) at 1:00 p.m. before a 10:00 a.m. tilt versus the Salukis on Sunday (April 17).

A LOOK BACK: Notching its first Missouri Valley Conference win of the campaign, Drake registered a 6-1 triumph at Bradley last Sunday (April 10) after falling at Illinois State, 4-3, on Saturday (April 9).

The Bulldogs garnered the doubles point on the strength of an 8-3 decision by junior Amanda Aragon (Fort Collins, Colo.) and senior Jessica Labarte (Barcelona, Venezuela) at the No. 2 position against Meredith McDonagh and Ashley Roth.

The Braves, who were playing with only five available players, defaulted at No. 6 singles to provide Drake a 2-0 lead entering singles action.

Freshman Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia) extended the margin to within one point of victory for the Bulldogs downing McDonagh at No. 3, 6-0, 6-2.

Earning the deciding tally at the No. 5 slot was junior Earlynn Lauer (Wichita, Kan.), who bettered Brigitte Graf, 6-2, 6-2.

Also securing victories for Drake was sophomore Manca Krizman (Solkan, Slovenia) along with Aragon and sophomore Ali Patterson (Overland Park, Kan.) at the Nos. 1, 4 and 6 positions, respectively.

Drake battled down to the wire before suffering a 4-3 setback at Illinois State.

The final outcome proved to be the closest match between the two schools since the Redbirds earned a 4-3 triumph over the Bulldogs in 2006.  The match was ultimately won in doubles as the Redbirds swept all three contests to earn what proved to the deciding point in the affair.

A YEAR AGO: Drake saw its 2010 campaign come to an end following a 4-0 setback versus Southern Illinois on April 23 at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Championship in Wichita, Kan.  The Salukis had earlier in the campaign bested the Bulldogs, 5-2.

Drake was unable to overcome an early deficit against Evansville as the Purple Aces rolled to a 6-1 triumph over the Bulldogs on April 10, 2010.

The Purple Aces gained the early advantage in the affair registering victories at the bottom two doubles slots to secure the doubles point.

Evansville carried the momentum into singles action taking five of the six affairs to record the win.

Drake's lone triumph came at the No. 3 position where Jessica Aguilera (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) downed Ashton Schwerin, 6-4, 6-3.

UP NEXT: Drake closes its regular season campaign hosting Creighton and Wichita State on April 22 and 23, respectively.

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