In-State Tournament Awaits Bulldogs At Northern Iowa Fall Invitational
The Drake women’s tennis squad continues its fall campaign this weekend traveling to Cedar Falls, Iowa, to compete in the 12-team Northern Iowa Fall Invitational.
The three-day event running Friday (Sept. 27) through Sunday (Sept. 29) features players from Bradley, Drake, Green Bay, Illinois State, Iowa State, Milwaukee, Northern Iowa, Saint Louis, St. Catherine’s, South Dakota, Upper Iowa and Western Illinois.
Competition gets underway at 9:00 a.m. each day.
A LOOK BACK AT THE GOPHER INVITATIONAL
Sophomore Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) captured a come-from-behind 0-6, 6-4, 10-8 triumph over Minnesota’s Maja Vujic to lead the efforts of Drake on the final day of the Gopher Invitational on Sunday (Sept. 22).
In consolation play in the bracket, Ante and Eggleston came up short of registering wins in the third- and fifth-place matches, respectively. Anastasia Tripolskaya of Wisconsin bested Ante, 6-3, 6-1, while Minnesota’s Kendall Heitzner rallied to edge Eggleston, 3-6, 6-2, 12-10.
Junior Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) won her ‘M’ flight consolation contest versus Sydney Rider of Wisconsin, 7-5, 7-5
In doubles, the tandem of Ante and Boyd claimed the ‘Maroon’ flight title with a default victory over Kylie Haviland/Jeke Stroobant of Northern Iowa.
In consolation play, the duo of Eggleston and Johnson bested Diana Davitaia and Maria Paula Ribero from Eastern Michigan, 8-2, to garner a fifth-place showing.
A YEAR AGO
In its third competition of its 2012 fall campaign, Drake traveled to Wichita, Kan., for the Missouri Valley Conference Individuals.
In singles, Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia) came up short in her bid to capture the title at No. 1 as Melanie Delsart of Southern Illinois posted a 6-0, 7-6 victory.
In the No. 6 flight, Maddie Johnson went the distance in her match with Wichita State’s Montse Blasco Fernandez before suffering a 6-7 (8), 6-3, 6-4 setback in the championship tilt.
In doubles, the tandem of Mariel Ante and Johnson came up short in their bid for a title in the No. 3 flight, dropping an 8-4 decision versus Satjaporn Moahajaroenkul and Fernandez of Wichita State.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS
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 (Varazdin, Croatia) 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.
• Mariel Ante, Jordan Eggleston and Maddie Johnson have each posted a team-leading six singles victories this fall to pace the Bulldogs. Ante and Johnson are directing Drake with six doubles triumphs apiece.
• Maddie Johnson has won her last four singles matches.
• The Bulldogs own three singles and three doubles titles this fall.
• 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.
DRAKE HEAD COACH SADHAF PERVEZ
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.
The Bulldogs visit St. Louis, Mo., for the Missouri Valley Conference Individuals (Oct. 4-6).