Bulldogs Surge Past Montana, 5-2, To Extend Winning Streak To Nine
FEBRUARY 24, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Drake women's tennis team rallied to post it ninth-consecutive victory with a come-from-behind 5-2 triumph over Montana on Friday (Feb. 24) at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.
Doubles proved to be nip-and-tuck affair between the two sides before the Bulldogs were able to persevere to secure the doubles tally.
After an 8-4 decision on the No. 3 court from senior Amanda Aragon (Fort Collins, Colo.) and freshman Nell Boyd (Arlington Heights, Ill.), the Grizzlies erased 7-4 and 6-4 deficits at the top-two positions before Drake was able to swing the momentum back in its favor.
With the contest all square at seven, the No. 2 tandem of senior Jessica Aguilera (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) and sophomore Klavdija Rebol (Kranj, Slovenia) won the final two games to earn a 9-7 triumph over Sasha Carter and Maddy Murray, to give the Bulldogs the doubles point.
The last remaining tilt was tied at six on court No. 1 in the tiebreaker before Drake collected the final two points, including match point on a double fault, to give senior Gabriela Demos (Chesterfield, Mo.) and junior Manca Krizman (Solkan, Slovenia) a 9-8 (6) win against Heather Davidson and Laurence Pelchat.
Montana erased its early deficit claiming victories at the Nos. 4 and 5 singles positions to assume a 2-1 lead.
Krizman began Drake's comeback squaring the affair at two after downing Pelchat at No. 2, 6-3, 6-2.
The Bulldogs went ahead to stay on the strength of Demos' 7-5, 6-2 victory past Carter on court No. 3.
Providing the match-clinching tally at the top-singles slot was Rebol, who dealt Davidson a 7-5, 6-1 setback.
Junior Ali Patterson (Overland Park, Kan.) earned a three-set triumph at No. 6, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, to round out the Bulldogs' win total.
Drake returns to action with a pair of Saturday (Feb. 25) matches at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The Bulldogs will battle Upper Iowa at 9:00 a.m. before facing Kansas at 5:00 p.m.
DRAKE (10-1) DEF. MONTANA (5-3), 5-2
FEBRUARY 24, 2012 • ROGER KNAPP TENNIS CENTER
No. 1 Klavdija Rebol (DU) def. Heather Davidson (MONT), 7-5, 6-1
No. 2 Manca Krizman (DU) def. Laurence Pelchat (MONT), 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Gabriela Demos (DU) def. Sasha Carter (MONT), 7-5, 6-2
No. 4 Ashley Mackey (MONT) def. Nell Boyd (DU), 6-0,6-0
No. 5 Maddy Murray (MONT) def. Amanda Aragon (DU), 6-2,6-0
No. 6 Ali Patterson (DU) def. Lauren Gibson (MONT), 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
ORDER OF FINISH: (4,5,2,3,1,6)
No. 1 Demos/Krizman (DU) def. Davidson/Pelchat (MONT), 9-8(6)
No. 2 Jessica Aguilera/Rebol (DU) def. Carter/Murray (MONT), 9-7
No. 3 Aragon/Boyd (DU) def. Precious Gbadamosi/Mackey (MONT), 8-4
ORDER OF FINISH: (3,2,1)