Drake Opens Four-Match Homestand Hosting Creighton And Wichita State
In the first of four matches to close out its home campaign, the Drake women’s tennis team will entertain Creighton and Wichita State at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center this weekend. The Bulldogs square off with the Bluejays on Saturday (April 6) at 2:00 p.m., before a showdown with Wichita State, the defending Missouri Valley Conference champs, on Sunday (April 7) at 10:00 a.m.
A LOOK BACK
Drake opened its 2013 Missouri Valley Conference slate registering a 5-2 victory over Northern Iowa last Saturday (March 30).
The in-state showdown began with the two sides splitting decisions at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions, setting the stage for a winner-take-all match on the No. 1 court.
Freshman Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) pushed Drake’s margin to 2-0 in singles, registering a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 4.
The Panthers evened the affair at two following consecutive wins at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions, before the Bulldogs closed out the match with three unanswered triumphs en route to a 5-2 victory.
Freshman Evy Van Genechten (Antwerp, Belgium) began the march downing Lankelma at No. 2, 6-2, 6-2. Eggleston followed by recording the match-clinching tally at No. 6, dispatching Trisha Hinke, 6-0, 6-1.
Rounding out the Bulldogs’ victory total at No. 5 was sophomore Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.), who defeated Lindsay Cayton, 6-3, 6-2.
IN OUR LAST ENCOUNTERS
Drake 7, Creighton 0 (April 22, 2012)
OMAHA, Neb. - Drake women’s tennis established a new school-record with its 21st victory of the season, a 7-0 decision past Creighton.
The two sides split decisions at the Nos. 1 and 3 doubles positions before the tandem of Nell Boyd and Ali Patterson (Overland Park, Kan.) registered an 8-5 victory at No. 2 to provide Drake the tally.
The Bulldogs came out determined to notch the triumph in singles and their efforts showed sweeping all six contests.
Earning the match-clinching point at No. 4 was Jessica Aguilera, who dispatched Elizabeth Vermillion, 6-3, 6-1.
The Bulldogs closed out the affair garnering victories at the Nos. 3, 5 and 6 slots, respectively, from Gabriela Demos, Boyd and Amanda Aragon.
Wichita State 7, Drake 0 (April 21, 2012)
WICHITA, Kan. - Drake ran into a talented Wichita State team that was firing on all cylinders as the 61st-rated Shockers earned a 7-0 victory over the Bulldogs.
Wichita State staked itself to all the scoring it needed registering a sweep of the doubles competition.
Drake’s best opportunity for victory came at the No. 3 singles position where Gabriela Demos earned a 7-6 (7) tiebreaker win in the second set over Lucia Kovalova to send the tilt to a deciding third set. In the final frame, Kovalova netted a 10-4 triumph in the tiebreaker to win the match 6-1, 6-7 (7), 10-4.
EGGLESTON NAMED MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Missouri Valley Conference announced that Drake freshman Jordan Eggleston was named the MVC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week. The award marked the third time this season that a Bulldog has been honored, while representing the initial weekly accolade for Eggleston during her Drake career.
Eggleston registered a pair of victories to spark Drake to a 5-2 triumph in its MVC opener at Northern Iowa last Saturday (March 30). Her triumphs represented the winning tallies in both singles and doubles for the Bulldogs.
In doubles, she paired with junior Klavdija Rebol to register an 8-6 decision at the No. 1 position. In singles, her 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 6 helped the Bulldogs to their second consecutive win in a MVC opener.
On the season, Eggleston owns a team-best 38-21 combined singles/doubles ledger. She leads Drake in doubles victories with 19, while ranking second in singles triumphs with 19.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
Drake returns four letterwinners from a squad that posted a school record in wins with a 22-7 ledger last spring, including a second-place showing in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Bulldogs picked up where they left off a year ago in the fall, registering a 102-76 combined singles/doubles record.
Freshmen Jordan Eggleston and Maddie Johnson lead Drake with 38-21 and 32-16 combined singles/doubles ledgers, respectively. Freshman Evy Van Genechten has each registered a team-best 20 singles victories, while Eggleston owns a team-high 19 doubles triumphs.
The Bulldogs also have received combined double-digit victory totals from Van Genechten, Klavdija Rebol, sophomore Nell Boyd, freshman Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia), freshman Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.), senior Ali Patterson and sophomore Amanda Dick (Kenosha, Wis.) with 30, 29, 28, 23, 21, 17 and 11 wins, respectively.
• Evy Van Genechten owns an 8-2 mark in her last 10 singles matches. Maintaining a 7-3 record over the same span in singles is Maddie Johnson.
• Klavdija Rebol is two singles wins shy of 50 for her Drake career.
• During the dual campaign, Jordan Eggleston paces the Bulldogs with nine doubles victories.
• Van Genechten leads Drake with a 12-3 singles record during the spring season, while also owning winning marks are Johnson (7-3), Eggleston (7-6) and Rebol (7-7).
The Bulldogs own a 27-7 mark in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center under head coach Paul Thomson.
DRAKE HEAD COACH PAUL THOMSON
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.
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 Gabriela Demos.
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).
Drake draws its home campaign to a close battling Southern Illinois and Evansville on April 13 and 14, respectively. Match times are slated for 1:00 p.m. versus the Salukis and 10:00 a.m. against the Purple Aces.