Men’s Tennis prepares for upcoming NCAA Tournament

May 8, 2015 11:30 AM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

Pressure will fall on Bulldog senior Matt Frost as one of the leaders in the NCAA Championship Tournament

Pressure will fall on Bulldog senior Matt Frost as one of the leaders in the NCAA Championship Tournament

Friday will mark the beginning of the 33rd ranked Drake Men’s Tennis team’s sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in nine years. They will face-off with the 32nd ranked University of Louisville in the first round.

This match is just two days short of the two-year anniversary of Drake’s victory over Texas Christian University (TCU) in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Championship, the Bulldogs’ first win in the tournament ever.

“I’m just really looking forward to going out there with the team,” said freshman Calum MacGeoch as he prepares to play in his first NCAA Tournament. “We’re just looking to add onto the great season that we’ve had and keep it going for as long as we can.” (more…)

Top of the conference! Softball clinches No. 1 seed in MVC

May 7, 2015 11:30 AM

STORY BY MICHAEL WENDLANDT

The team gathers for a pep talk on the field on Sunday. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

The team gathers for a pep talk on the field on Sunday. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

For the first time since 1993, the Drake softball team can claim the title of Missouri Valley Conference champions.

“It is such a great accomplishment,” senior pitcher Rebekah Schmidt said. “Anyone can win on any given day, so the fact that we were able to pull out the best record is really awesome.” (more…)

Champions! Men’s Tennis wins MVC Tournament

April 30, 2015 11:00 AM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

MATT FROST AND RAVI PATEL celebrate a point in doubles as Ben Mullis and Ben Stride cheer them on from the sideline. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

MATT FROST AND RAVI PATEL celebrate a point in doubles as Ben Mullis and Ben Stride cheer them on from the sideline. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

The Bulldogs secured a seat in the NCAA Tournament after winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with two wins over Illinois State and 59th ranked Wichita State in Saint Louis last week.

This will be the fifth year in a row that the Men’s Tennis team will have a chance to play for the national championship in the NCAA Tournament. Their seed is yet to be announced, but they were ranked 31 in the nation as of April 28. They didn’t need to win the MVC tournament to earn that spot, but it was good for momentum, confidence and also for helping the team earn a better seed in the NCAA.

Coming quickly out of the gates, the Bulldogs took the doubles point against Illinois State on April 18, earning Drake an early 1-0 lead.

Freshman Calum MacGeoch played in his first collegiate postseason match, and it seems his nerves got the best of him as he lost both sets 6-3.

That would be the only Bulldog loss on the day, however, as his older teammates backed MacGeoch up. (more…)

Drake’s season meets its end against Wichita State

10:00 AM

STORY BY ADAM ROGAN

LEA KOZULIC high-fives teammate Melania Jaglarz after one of the first matches of the season. Kozulic had the best overall record on the team this year at 28-5, playing mainly at the sixth position. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

LEA KOZULIC high-fives teammate Melania Jaglarz after one of the first matches of the season. Kozulic had the best overall record on the team this year at 28-5, playing mainly at the sixth position. JOEL VENZKE | PHOTO EDITOR

For the second year in a row, the Women’s Tennis team came up just short of taking home the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Tournament, losing to Wichita State University in the final round on April 26.

A 6-1 record against conference opponents left the Bulldogs in second place entering the tournament. Their only loss in the MVC during the regular season came against Wichita State, a team that has now gone undefeated in conference play nine years in a row.

“I think we did a better job of playing [Wichita State] this week as we did last week,” freshman Adrienne Jensen said. “We didn’t give them as much respect this week, which allowed us to play better.” (more…)

Softball struggles during Relays’ weekend, holds onto top spot in MVC

April 29, 2015 1:00 PM

STORY BY MICHAEL WENDLANDT

The Bulldogs are .500 on the road, but 10-3 at home this year. EMILY LAMBIE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Bulldogs are .500 on the road, but 10-3 at home this year. EMILY LAMBIE | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The softball team hit their biggest roadblock of the season to date, going 1-4 over the past week, losing to Iowa State, Northern Iowa and two games to Bradley over the weekend of Drake Relays. The Bulldogs record fell to 28-18 overall and 17-7 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

The skid started Tuesday as Iowa State came into town looking for revenge after falling to the Bulldogs 6-3 in Ames on April 8. They achieved their goal, scoring five runs in an explosive first inning and two more in the second to put Drake in the rearview mirror.

The Bulldogs would manage to score two runs as senior Hayley Nybo led the way at the plate, going 2-3 with a home run and a double, but Drake still fell 7-2. (more…)

Impactmurals: the significance of intramurals

April 28, 2015 3:00 PM

STORY BY SAM LOWRY

Participating in four years of intramurals at Drake has been one of the most rewarding experiences during my college career. I played sports competitively in high school, and intramurals was a great transition from that.

One of the great things about Drake intramurals is that if you can’t get any of your friends to play, you can get picked up as a free agent. All you have to do is fill out a short bio and pick a sport. One of the newest features in intramurals is this new mobile app, Rec’it, which will link up with your Drake intramural account and notify you with game updates and reminders. (more…)