STORY BY ADAM ROGAN
Drake Women’s Tennis traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday to take on the Cornhuskers. They lost 5-2, but returned on Saturday with a nail biter victory over Eastern Michigan.
Drake started the weekend off strong, taking the doubles point on Friday, but their momentum ended quickly. Maddie Johnson took the only singles victory, winning her match 6-4, 6-3, while the rest of the Bulldogs fell to their opponents.
Freshman Adrienne Jensen won her doubles match 6-3 with partner Jordan Eggleston, but fell in straight sets at the sixth position to Nebraska’s Mackenna Maddox.
“I think our nerves got the best of us,” Jensen said. “A few of us came out more nervous than we have before.”
“I think that I put them in the best positions possible. We won the doubles point,” head coach Sadhaf Pervez said. “(Nebraska had) four courts. I think that was the biggest advantage for Nebraska, just having the four courts, and we’re always a deep team and it put a lot of pressure on our five and six.”
“They know the right things to do on the court,” Pervez said. “In the end you got to show up that day and take away your nerves.
However, the Bulldogs’ luck turned around on Saturday against EMU. The two teams split the singles matches, the doubles point making the difference in the end. Johnson and Nell Boyd each won their match, Eggleston clinching the final point after overcoming a 5-2 deficit in the first set.
“I really like how everyone rebounded after (losing to Nebraska). We were upset that night, but the next day we knew it was a new day and we just had to get back after it. And the girls did,” Pervez said.
Jensen was also glad to see how her team bounced back after the tough loss.
“I feel like we just competed really well. I feel like everyone played well, had really good energy,” Jensen said.
Pervez feels that the team was prepared going into the matches, but needs to be more ready for tough opponents.
“I think (we) just got to focus in on the basics,” Pervez said. “Emphasizing more on mental tennis.”
The Bulldogs will be home this weekend playing Creighton on Saturday and a doubleheader with North Dakota and Gustavus Adolphus Sunday.