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Drake Visits Minnesota For Gopher Invitational

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: September 18, 2013
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After a successful opening weekend to its fall campaign, the Drake women’s tennis team returns to the court this weekend traveling to Minneapolis, Minn., to compete in the Gopher Invitational hosted by Minnesota. 

The three-day event running Friday (Sept. 20) through Sunday (Sept. 22) features players from Drake, Eastern Michigan, Gonzaga, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, North Dakota, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, and Wisconsin.

The Bulldogs opened their fall season on a winning note as Drake captured four titles at the Drake Fall Invitational last weekend at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

Sophomores Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.) and Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) each registered singles titles on the final day of the tournament on Sunday (Sept. 15).

In the finale of the ‘B’ singles flight, Ante bested Ana Gasparovic of Iowa State, 6-2, 7-5, to earn her second championship of the tournament.

A 6-3, 6-3 decision past Marissa Bach from Northern Colorado gave the title in the ‘C’ bracket to Eggleston.

Coming up short in her bid to win the top singles draw was junior Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.), who suffered a 6-3, 6-1 setback versus Ksenia Pronina of Iowa State.

A day earlier on Saturday (Sept. 14), Drake claimed a pair of doubles titles.

Sophomore Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) and senior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia) captured the ‘A’ doubles championship. Ante and  sophomore Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) won the ‘B’ doubles draw registering an 8-3 triumph past Jordyn Kearney and Krissy Lankelma of Northern Iowa.

In Drake’s second fall tournament in 2012, the Bulldogs wrapped up its stay at the Redbird Roundup with a pair of titles.

Maddie Johnson took home the championship in the No. 3 singles flight besting Madeline Jolly of Saint Louis, 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles, the tandem of Klavdija Rebol and Jordan Eggleston garnered the No. 1 doubles crown on the strength of an 8-3 decision past teammates Nell Boyd and Mariel Ante.

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 (Kenosha, Wis.). 

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.

•    Jordan Eggleston and Mariel Ante each own 4-0 singles marks this fall. Ante, Maddie Johnson, Lea Kozulic and Klavdija Rebol maintain identical 3-0 doubles ledgers.
Mariel Ante has won her last nine singles matches dating back to last season.
•    Klavdija Rebol registered her 50th career singles win for Drake last season at Bradley.  She is Drake’s active leader with 52 career singles triumphs.

The Bulldogs own a 29-9 mark in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center over the last three seasons in dual matches.

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.

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.

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.

Drake travels to Cedar Falls, Iowa, for the Northern Iowa Fall Invitational (Sept. 27-29).

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