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Redbird Roundup Up Next For The Bulldogs

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: September 20, 2012
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Hitting the road for the first time during its fall campaign, the Drake women's tennis team travels to Normal, Ill., this weekend to compete in the Redbird Roundup hosted by Illinois State.  The seven-team tournament will include Bradley, Butler, Dayton, Drake, Illinois State, Morehead State and St. Louis.

Action gets underway on Friday  (Sept. 21) at 10:00 a.m. and will continue both Saturday (Sept. 22) and Sunday (Sept. 23) at 10:00 a.m. each day.

Drake captured four singles titles on the final day of the Drake Fall Invitational on Sunday (Sept. 16) at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center to raise the Bulldogs' weekend title haul to eight.

Garnering her second title on the weekend in the 'B' singles draw was sophomore Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.), who bested Montse Fernandez from Wichita State, 6-2, 6-4.

Capturing her first career Drake Fall Invitational championship in the 'C' singles flight was freshman Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.), dispatching Mary Malkin of Northern Illinois, 6-0, 6-0.

Freshman Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) joined Boyd with her second title on the weekend after registering a 6-2, 6-1 decision over senior teammate Ali Patterson (Overland Park, Kan.).

Freshman Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) made it three double-winners for the Bulldogs, recording a 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-1 triumph past Amanda Noonan of Creighton in the 'F' singles draw.

Sophomore Amanda Dick (Kenosha, Wis.) won the 'Round Robin' flight last Saturday (Sept. 15).

The Drake women's tennis team capped a stellar debut to its fall season as the Bulldogs earned three doubles titles in first-day action at the Drake Fall Invitational last Friday (Sept. 14).

In the top doubles flight, the duo of Eggleston and junior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia) registered three victories capped by an 8-3 decision to claim the 'A' flight crown.

In the 'B' doubles draw, the tandem of Boyd and Patterson posted a 3-0 record to earn the flight title with an 8-6 triumph.

Taking home the championship in the 'C' flight with a 3-0 mark was Johnson and freshman Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia).

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.

Off the court, Gabriela Demos was honored for the second-consecutive year as a first team MVC Scholar-Athlete selection.

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.

Pulling in MVC All-Select team honors were Krizman and Rebol, while Demos was named to the All-MVC Scholar Athlete first team for the third-consecutive campaign.  Collecting honorable mention All-MVC Scholar-Athlete accolades was Krizman.

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).

The Bulldogs travel to Wichita, Kan., to compete in the Missouri Valley Conference Individuals (Oct. 5-7).

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