Seeking to extend its winning streak to three, the Drake women’s tennis squad welcomes Gustavus Adolphus to the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Saturday (Feb. 15). Match time versus the Golden Gusties is set for 4:00 p.m.
A LOOK BACK
Drake registered its second consecutive victory recording a 5-2 triumph over UMKC last Friday (Feb. 7) in Kansas City, Mo.
Drake collected the doubles point on the strength of wins at the Nos. 1 and 2 slots, with the tandem of sophomores Mariel Ante (Riverside, Calif.) and Lea Kozulic (Varazdin, Croatia) posting a 6-2 decision at top spot to capture the tally.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 2-1 in singles after Ante bested Raquel Argenal at the No. 2 position, 6-1, 6-1.
Sophomore Jordan Eggleston (LaQuinta, Calif.) pushed the Drake advantage to 3-1, dispatching Gaby Pintos at No. 6, 6-3, 6-0.
Junior Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.) followed by clinching the match in the Bulldogs’ favor downing Maddie Schultz at No. 4, 6-4, 6-2.
Kozulic capped the victory total for Drake registering a 7-6 (6), 6-2 win past Mariam Kurasbediani at the No. 5 position.
IN OUR LAST MEETING
Drake collected a 7-0 victory over Gustavus Adolphus in the last encounter between the two schools on March 10, 2012, at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
The Bulldogs swept doubles play with the duo of Gabriela Demos and Manca Krizman clinching the deciding point at No. 1, 8-1.
Drake garnered wins from Ali Patterson and Amanda Aragon at the Nos. 4 and 6 singles slots, respectively, to build a 3-0 lead.
Attention then turned to court No. 1 where Demos finished off Alex Erickson, 6-2, 6-2, to earn the deciding point in the affair.
Drake also benefited from wins at the Nos. 2, 3 and 5 slots courtesy of Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia), Nell Boyd and Earlynn Lauer.
• Sporting a 19-1 doubles mark this season, Nell Boyd directs Drake in doubles triumphs. She is two wins shy of equaling her career high for victories (21) set during her freshman campaign.
• Mariel Ante and Maddie Johnson (Onalaska, Wis.) each own a team-leading 16 singles victories this season to pace the Bulldogs. Ante’s 16 triumphs have established a career high.
• Klavdija Rebol is ranked fifth at Drake in victories (since the 2006-07 campaign) with 117. She also ranks fourth in career doubles triumphs (since 1990-91) with 64.
• Boyd and Rebol are on pace to crack the Drake top 10 in career singles victories as the duo enters the Gustavus Adolphus match with 59 and 54 wins, respectively.
• Johnson, Ante, Jordan Eggleston and Boyd are rated first, second, fourth and fifth, respectively, at Drake (since the 2007-08 campaign) in winning percentage in singles play. The quartet owns .792 (38-10), .721 (31-12), .667 (38-19) and .617 (58-36) winning percentages, respectively.
• Johnson and Ante are 9-1 and 8-2, respectively, in their last 10 singles contests.
• 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.
The Bulldogs own a 30-10 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.
The Bulldogs continue their homestand facing former Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton on Feb. 21 and Wisconsin on Feb. 23. Match times are slated for 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m., respectively. The showdown with the Badgers will be the Bulldogs’ Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Campus Kids Day, which is a free event designed to expose current and aspiring junior players (and their parents and coaches) to college tennis.