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After a few weeks off, the Drake women’s tennis team was back in action this weekend at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Individuals Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa. After Saturday’s action, four Bulldogs earned the chance to compete on Sunday, with two competing for first place titles.
Six Bulldogs competed this weekend, with two placing in fifth in their respective brackets.
At the top position, sophomore Klavdija Rebol lost her first match Friday against Northern Iowa, but then she beat her Bradley opponent. She beat Northern Iowa again last Saturday to place fifth.
Freshman Nell Boyd, who played in the fifth slot for the Bulldogs, lost Friday against Wichita State and then beat Bradley. She also beat her UNI opponent on Saturday to place fifth overall.
Drake’s No. 3 player, senior Jessica Aguilera, won her first match against Illinois State then lost against Evansville. She played for third place yesterday. The Bulldogs’ No. 4 player also played for third yesterday, as senior Gabby Demos beat Bradley and then lost to Wichita State. The Times-Delphic will have details from these results in the next issue.
Junior Manca Krizman, who played in the second slot, beat UNI Friday and Illinois State on Saturday. She played in the finals yesterday against Wichita State.
Senior Amanda Aragon, who filled the sixth slot, also played in the finals yesterday. She defeated Creighton last Friday and Illinois State on Saturday. These results will also be available in Thursday’s edition.
“(Head) Coach (Paul Thomson) thinks we have all improved in doubles and singles and is happy with the results,” Demos said. “Even the matches we lost were close. Everyone has done well so far. We have two girls competing for the finals, which is very exciting.”