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Bulldogs Face MVC Road Tests At Evansville And Southern Illinois

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Release: April 02, 2014
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The Drake women’s tennis team looks to extend its winning streak this week as the Bulldogs face a pair of key Missouri Valley Conference showdowns at Evansville and Southern Illinois. Drake opens its road swing against the Purple Aces on Saturday (April 5) at 1:00 p.m. before a 10:00 a.m. tilt versus the Salukis on Sunday (April 6).

IN OUR LAST MEETINGS
Drake 4, Evansville 3 (April 14, 2013)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake closed out its 2013 home campaign registering a 4-3 victory past Evansville at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

Fueled by wins at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions, the Bulldogs captured a 1-0 advantage heading into singles action.

Securing the doubles tally at No. 2 was the tandem of Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and Evy Van Genechten, who bettered Kelsey Costales and Marina Moreno, 8-6.

Turning in a triumph in her final home match was Ali Patterson. She paired with Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.) to win at No. 3 doubles, 8-3.

The Purple Aces captured a victory at No. 1 singles before Boyd placed Drake ahead to stay with a 6-1, 6-0 triumph on the No. 4 court.

Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) pushed the lead to 3-1 in the Bulldogs’ favor after downing Mina Milovic at No. 5, 6-0, 6-1.

Corralling the match-clinching tally at the No. 6 position was Ante, 6-3, 6-4.

Evansville added a pair of wins, including one by retirement, to close the match and account for the final 4-3 margin.

Southern Illinois 4, Drake 2 (April 27, 2013)
WICHITA, Kan. - Drake battled down to the wire before succumbing to Southern Illinois in the semifinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.

The Bulldog saw the Salukis capture a 1-0 lead after victories at the Nos. 2 and 3 doubles positions.

Southern Illinois stretched its advantage to 3-0 after wins on the Nos. 2 and 3 courts in singles action.

Jordan Eggleston cut the deficit to 3-1 for Drake after besting Jennifer Dien, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 5 position.

The Bulldogs inched closer after Mariel Ante displayed a steely resolve to notch a 6-0, 0-6, 6-4 triumph on the No. 6 court.

The Salukis punched their ticket to the MVC title match after Ariadno Cairo posted a 7-5, 6-2 win over Nell Boyd at the No. 4 slot.

Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) had nearly squared the match at three as she was leading 6-4, 5-1 and serving for match point against Anita Lee when play was suspended on the No. 3 court.

Southern Illinois 4, Drake 3 (April 13, 2013)
DES MOINES, Iowa - Drake went down to the wire with Southern Illinois at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center before the Salukis garnered a pair of three-set victories to escape with a 4-3 triumph over the Bulldogs.

Southern Illinois staked itself to a 1-0 lead following a sweep of the doubles competition. The advantage grew to 2-0 in singles after Natasha Tomishima bested Evy Van Genechten on the No. 2 court, 6-3, 6-2.

Maddie Johnson cut the margin to 2-1 following her 6-2, 6-3 triumph at the No. 4 slot.

Nell Boyd evened the affair at two, dispatching Ariadna Cairo Baza, 6-4, 6-2, on the No. 5 court.

The match then came down to a trio of third-set tiebreakers after the two sides split the initial two sets at the Nos. 1, 3 and 6 positions.

The Bulldogs needed victories in two of the three tilts if they were to savor a victory. Unfortunately for Drake, only Jordan Eggleston was able to pull out the triumph in the third set.  After dropping the initial frame versus Anastacia Simons at No. 6, 6-4, Eggleston rallied to notch a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

BULLDOGS OPEN MVC PLAY WITH 6-1 WIN PAST NORTHERN IOWA
Drake opened its Missouri Valley Conference slate registering a come-from-behind 6-1 triumph past Northern Iowa on Sunday (March 30) at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

The Panthers assumed an early 1-0 advantage in the affair claiming victories at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions to garner the doubles point.

The Drake tandem of sophomore Maddie Johnson and senior Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia) accounted for the Bulldogs’ triumph in doubles, besting Krissy Lankelma and Sydney Wolfe on the No. 3 court, 8-5.

Beginning Drake’s comeback in the affair was Jordan Eggleston, who opened singles dispatching Wolfe at the No. 5 slot, 6-2, 6-2.

The Bulldogs went ahead to stay on the strength of junior Nell Boyd’s 6-1, 6-1 triumph at the No. 4 position.

Extending Drake’s advantage to 3-1 was Johnson, who bested Elvira Lopez at No. 3, 6-2, 6-2.

Garnering the match-clinching point with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lankelma on the No. 6 court was Lea Kozulic.

Mariel Ante and Rebol capped the Bulldogs’ win total with triumphs at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, respectively.

Rebol posted a 6-1, 7-6 (2) decision past Erica Medlin at No. 2, before Ante closed the match earning a 4-6, 6-2, 10-5 win over Jieke Stroobant at the No. 1 slot.

DRAKE SWINGS PAST UPPER IOWA, 7-0
Drake registered a 7-0 victory over Upper Iowa on Saturday (March 29) at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

Collecting the doubles tally for the Bulldogs with an 8-4 victory over Victoria Kulbokas and Iris Verweij on the No. 2 court was the tandem of Mariel Ante and Jordan Eggleston.

Drake entered singles play maintaining a 2-0 advantage on the strength of a default win at the No. 6 position.

Lea Kozulic pushed the Bulldogs to within a point of victory, 3-0, besting Laura Alvarez at No. 5, 6-0, 6-0.

Nell Boyd followed by earning the match-clinching point for Drake, 6-0, 6-0, on the No. 3 court.

The Bulldogs also received triumphs at the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 slots, respectively, from Klavdija Rebol, Ante and Eggleston.

DRAKE EARNS ITA RANKINGS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 2002
On the strength of its 7-1 start to the 2014 campaign, Drake cracked into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national rankings checking in at No. 72 in the poll released on March 4. The ranking was the first for the Bulldogs since being rated 75th on Feb. 13, 2002.

DOUBLES PLAY PROPELS BULLDOGS
Drake has been sparked this season by its doubles play as the Bulldogs are 10-0 when winning the doubles tally and have won nearly 73 percent of their matches. Sporting a 28-2 doubles mark this year, including a 12-1 record during the spring campaign, Nell Boyd directs Drake in doubles triumphs. She surpassed her career high for victories (21) set during her freshman season with a win over Wisconsin. Mariel Ante, Jordan Eggleston and Maddie Johnson also have surpassed their career-best marks in doubles this spring.

DRAKE ODDS-N-ENDS
•    Five Bulldogs have surpassed the double-digit win plateau for victories in singles play this spring. Junior Nell Boyd leads the way with 12 wins, while sophomores Mariel Ante, Jordan Eggleston, Maddie Johnson and Lea Kozulic have each posted 11 triumphs.
•    In doubles, Boyd paces the Drake attack with a team-best 12 doubles wins this spring, while also cracking the 10-victory plateau is Klavdija Rebol and Eggleston with 11 and 10 triumphs, respectively.
•    Eggleston is one win away from recording her 50th career doubles triumph.
•    Eggleston and Johnson enter action this weekend needing three singles wins apiece to reach 50 for career as a Bulldog.
•     Boyd leads the Bulldogs with a 52-11 combined singles/doubles ledger. She is followed by Eggleston (49-15), Johnson (47-12), Ante (42-21),  Rebol (28-20) and Lea Kozulic (22-17).
•    Johnson owns a team-leading 25 singles victories this season to pace the Bulldogs. Ante and Boyd are one off her pace with 24 wins apiece. Ante’s 24 triumphs have established a career high, while Johnson surpassed her 22 victories last season with a win over Missouri.
•    Ante, Boyd, Johnson and Kozulic have established career highs in singles wins this season.
•    Four Bulldogs have cracked the 20-win plateau in singles this year, led by 25, 24, 24 and 23 victories, respectively, from Johnson, Ante, Boyd and Eggleston.
•    Boyd and Johnson are each 8-2 in their last 10 singles contests.
•    Following its 6-1 triumph over Northern Iowa on Sunday (March 30), Drake improved to 7-2 in Missouri Valley Conference openers since 2006.
•    Drake owns a 9-3 mark at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center since 2011 in league matches. Two of the Bulldogs’ three losses came at the hands of Wichita State, who has won its last 40 regular season conference tilts.
•    With its victory at Brown, Drake reached the double-digit win plateau for the fourth consecutive season.
•    Drake defeated what is believed to be its first Southeastern Conference opponent since the 1993 campaign with its 4-3 triumph at Missouri (March 16). On Feb. 12, 1993, the Bulldogs posted their last victory over an SEC squad, besting Arkansas, 7-2.
•    Drake garnered its first win over Missouri since April 21, 1989 with its 4-3 victory on March 16.
•    The Bulldogs’ win at Iowa State was their first over the Cyclones since Jan. 31, 2004, when Drake collected a 5-4 decision.
•    During its seven-match winning streak Drake owned a 49-9 combined singles/doubles ledger, including a 35-7 record in singles.
•    Boyd and Eggleston led the Bulldogs with 7-0 singles marks during the squad’s winning streak, while Ante, Lea Kozulic, Johnson and Rebol recorded 6-1, 6-1, 5-1 and 4-3 records, respectively.
•    Drake has garnered four MVC Player of the Week honors this spring. Johnson (Jan. 28 and March 11) has earned recognition twice, while Ante (March 4), Boyd (Feb. 25) have each won the award once.
•    The Bulldogs are 2-1 against teams from the Big Ten Conference this season. Drake suffered a 4-3 home setback against Iowa on March 5 after previously besting Nebraska, 5-2, Feb. 28 in Lincoln, Neb., and Wisconsin, 4-3, Feb. 23 at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
•    The Bulldogs’ 5-2 win at Nebraska was their first over the Huskers since a 4-2 triumph at the then Drake Tennis Center on Feb. 17, 1996.
•    The Bulldogs’ win over Nebraska is even more impressive considering the Huskers were the 2013 Big Ten Conference regular season champions and were ranked as high as No. 25 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national poll this season, after reaching the third round of the NCAA Championship a year ago.
•    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 versus Colorado State, Boyd surpassed her career high for combined wins (41) set during the 2011-12 campaign. She now stands with a team-best 52-11 record.
•    Rebol surpassed Manca Krizman (2009-12) for second place at Drake in victories (since the 2006-07 campaign) with her doubles triumph at Missouri. Her 131 wins are eight shy of equaling Gabriela Demos’ (2008-12) 139 victories atop the list. She also moved past Rajasree Kuruvilla against Missouri for third all-time at Drake in career doubles triumphs (since 1990-91) with 73.
•    Boyd and Rebol are on pace to both crack the Drake top 10 in career singles victories as the duo enters the Evansville match with 68 and 58 wins, respectively. Boyd’s victory over Northern Iowa moved her into the top 10 equaling Kari Sloboth and Jenny Saluri for ninth all-time at Drake.
•    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 .797 (47-12), .709 (39-16), .681 (47-22) and .642 (68-38) winning percentages, respectively. In doubles, Eggleston, Boyd, Johnson and Rebol highlight the top-four spots sporting .731 (49-18), .681 (62-29), .673 (37-18) and .652 (73-39) winning percentages.
•    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 35-11 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
The Bulldogs close their home schedule entertaining Bradley and Illinois State at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center April 12 and 13. Match time against the Braves is set for 1:00 p.m., while the contest against the Redbirds begins at 10:00 a.m.

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