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Winning Streak On The Line As Bulldogs Face Nebraska And Colorado State

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Release: February 26, 2014
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The Drake women’s tennis team seeks to extend its five-match winning streak this weekend traveling to Lincoln, Neb., for showdowns with Nebraska and Colorado State. The Bulldogs open their road swing battling the Huskers on Friday (Feb. 28) at 5:00 p.m., before an 11:00 tilt versus the Rams on Saturday (March 1).

BOYD HONORED AS MVC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Missouri Valley Conference announced on Tuesday (Feb. 25) that Drake junior Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) was honored as the MVC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.  The award marked the second weekly accolade for a Bulldog this season and the first in Boyd’s career.

Boyd helped Drake extend its winning streak to five, including its first-ever victory over Wisconsin, on the strength of a perfect 4-0 combined singles/doubles ledger in two matches for the Bulldogs last week.

In Drake’s 7-0 victory over Creighton on Friday (Feb. 21), she posted victories at the No. 2 doubles and No. 4 singles slots, respectively.

Boyd then turned in arguably her best effort of the season in a 4-3 win over Wisconsin on Sunday (Feb. 23). In doubles, she paired with sophomore Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) to hand the Badgers their initial loss of the dual season at the No. 3 position, besting Sydney Rider and Anastascia Tripolskay, 8-5.

In singles, after dropping her first set against Rider at the No. 4 position, Boyd rallied to claim a 6-4 victory in the second frame to force a winner-take-all third set to decide the match. With the overall match tied at three between Drake and Wisconsin, Boyd jumped out to an early lead in the third set and then battled her way through Rider’s challenge to garner the match-clinching point with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 triumph.

A LOOK BACK
The Bulldogs extended their winning streak to five in a row after earning victories over Creighton (7-0) and Wisconsin (4-3) last Friday (Feb. 21) and Sunday (Feb. 23), respectively.

Nell Boyd’s three-set victory at No. 4 singles clinched a dramatic 4-3 win for Drake over Wisconsin at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs registered a pair of come-from-behind victories in doubles to stake themselves to a 1-0 advantage entering singles play.

Boyd and Jordan Eggleston gave Drake its initial win in doubles at No. 3, 8-5.

Garnering the deciding tally at No. 2 was the tandem of sophomore Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) and senior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia), who edged Becca Bailey and Lauren Chypyha, 8-6.

The Badgers evened the affair at one in singles after Chypyha netted a 6-0, 6-0 triumph past Rebol on the No. 1 court.

Eggleston extended Drake’s margin to 2-1 dispatching Nova Patel at No. 5, 6-3, 6-4.

Sophomore Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) moved the Bulldogs to within a point of victory netting a 7-6 (1), 6-2 win at the No. 6 position.

Wisconsin rallied with a pair of come-from-behind three-set wins on court No. 2 and 3, respectively, to square the affair at three.

The outcome of the contest then came down to the No. 4 spot where Boyd was battling Rider.

After dropping the first set against Rider, 6-4, Boyd posted a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory to capture the match for the Bulldogs.

Two days earlier on Friday (Feb. 21), Drake registered a 7-0 triumph past Creighton at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Bulldogs garnered the only point they needed in the affair with victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles spots to stake themselves to a 1-0 advantage.

Johnson and Rebol registered the doubles tally besting Amanda Noonan and Liz Vermillion on the No. 3 court, 8-0.

Johnson extended Drake’s lead to 2-0 after posting a 6-0, 6-3, decision at the No. 3 slot.

Boyd pushed the Bulldogs’ margin to 3-0 at No. 4, 6-0, 6-2.

Earning the match-clinching tally at No. 6 was Eggleston, who downed Sam Anderson, 6-2, 6-0.

The Bulldogs were also the recipients of victories at the Nos. 1, 2 and 5 positions, courtesy of Rebol and sophomores Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.) and Kozulic.

IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
No. 51 Nebraska 7, Drake 0 (Feb. 13, 2010)
LINCOLN, Neb. - Nebraska stole the early momentum in its showdown with Drake en route to collecting a 7-0 triumph on Feb. 13, 2010.

The Huskers carved out victories in all three doubles matches to assume a 1-0 lead.

The Bulldogs most productive tilts came at the top two singles positions where Manca Krizman and Gabriela Demos were the lone Drake players to register more than two points in a set on the afternoon.

The duo were the last two contests remaining on the court with Demos finishing first, falling 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 2 position.

Krizman represented the Bulldogs best shot at victory, but ultimately dropped a 6-7 (11), 6-1, 10-3 decision at No. 1.

Drake 4, Colorado State 3 (Feb. 3, 2007)
LINCOLN, Neb. - After dropping all three doubles matches, Drake rallied to post a dramatic 4-3 victory over Colorado State on Feb. 3, 2007.

Veronika Leszayova registered an important victory netting a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (4) triumph at No. 1 singles.

Getting their first wins of the dual campaign were Eveline Rusdianto and Kari Sloboth. Rusdianto bettered Hilary Tyler at the No. 3 position by a count of 6-3, 6-4, while Sloboth notched a 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 5.

Rounding out the winning for the Bulldogs was Allison Wilkie with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) triumph at the sixth singles position.

DRAKE ODDS-N-ENDS
•    The Bulldogs’ win versus Wisconsin represented their first victory past a Big Ten Conference foe since besting Minnesota in 2002, 4-3, while also marking Drake’s first-ever triumph over the Badgers.
•    With her triumphs this past weekend, Nell Boyd surpassed her combined win total for all of the 2012-13 campaign. She now stands three victories shy of surpassing her 41 combined wins set during her freshman campaign.
•    Sporting a 22-1 doubles mark this season, including 6-0 during the spring campaign, Boyd directs Drake in doubles triumphs. She surpassed her career high for victories (21) set during her freshman season with the win over the Wisconsin.
•    Mariel Ante and Maddie Johnson each own a team-leading 18 singles victories this season to pace the Bulldogs. Ante’s 18 triumphs have established a career high.
•     Boyd leads the Bulldogs with a 39-8 combined singles/doubles ledger. She is followed by Jordan Eggleston (37-10), Ante (34-12), Johnson (33-9), Klavdija Rebol (19-12) and Lea Kozulic (15-7).
•    Johnson, Boyd and Ante are 9-1, 9-1 and 8-2, respectively, in their last 10 singles contests.
•    Rebol is ranked third at Drake in victories (since the 2006-07 campaign) with 122. She is also fourth in career doubles triumphs (since 1990-91) with 67.
•    Boyd and Rebol are on pace to crack the Drake top 10 in career singles victories as the duo enters the Nebraska match with 61 and 55 wins, respectively.
•    Johnson, Ante, Eggleston and Boyd are rated first, second, third and fifth, respectively, at Drake (since the 2007-08 campaign) in winning percentage in singles play.  The quartet owns .784 (40-11), .717 (33-13), .683 (41-19) and .629 (61-36) winning percentages, respectively.
•    Johnson was tabbed as the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week  on Jan. 28 for the period of Jan. 20-26.
•    Boyd was 16-1 in doubles matches this fall.
•    Drake finished 38-11 in doubles in the fall, with Boyd, Eggleston, Ante, Johnson and Rebol surpassing the 10-win plateau with 16, 16, 13, 13 and 10 victories, respectively.

DRAKE RECOGNIZED IN ITA PRESEASON RANKINGS
Maddie Johnson garnered recognition for her efforts on the court this past fall cracking the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason singles rankings checking in at No. 118. She was the lone Missouri Valley Conference representative in the women’s national rankings.

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 and Amanda Dick.

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.

HOME COOKING
The Bulldogs own a 33-10 record in the Roger Knapp Tennis Center since 2011 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.

This past fall she helped guide the Bulldogs to 98 combined singles/doubles victories, including 60 in singles action.  Drake players captured 14 titles, including eight in singles and six in doubles competition, respectively.

Sophomores Mariel Ante and Maddie Johnson earned five championships apiece for Drake, while junior Nell Boyd and sophomore Jordan Eggleston each registered four titles.

In singles action, the Bulldogs were paced by 14, 13, 12 and 12 triumphs, respectively, from Johnson, Ante, Boyd and Eggleston.

In doubles, Eggleston and Boyd led Drake with 16 doubles wins, while adding 13, 13 and 10 victories, respectively, were Johnson, Ante and senior Klavdija Rebol.

Johnson captured the No. 5 singles crown at the Missouri Valley Conference Individuals en route to collecting a No. 118 national ranking in the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preseason rankings.  Johnson was the lone women’s tennis player in the MVC to be rated nationally.

Boyd and Eggleston earned the No. 2 doubles title at the MVC Individuals to become the first Drake women’s tennis doubles tandem to win a championship at the annual league championship since 2002.

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 (2004-05).

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.

UP NEXT
Drake returns to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center to host Iowa on March 5, before visiting Iowa State two days later on March 7. Match times are slated for 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., respectively.

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