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Bulldogs garner two titles

The Drake women’s tennis team collected two titles at the Redbird Roundup in Normal, Ill., this past weekend.

Freshman Maddie Johnson claimed the No. 3 flight singles championship on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-1 decision over St. Louis University’s Madeline Jolly.

The duo of junior Klavdija Rebol and freshman Jordan Eggleston captured the No. 1 flight doubles title on Sunday, topping teammates freshman Mariel Ante and sophomore Nell Boyd, 8-3.

The Redbird Roundup marked the first away tournament for the Bulldogs’ five freshmen. Sophomore Amanda Dick lauded her young teammates’ poise against the Redbird Roundup’s talented field.

“The freshmen, I feel, adjusted really well to traveling in general,” Dick said. “(Head) coach (Paul Thomson), when we were all sitting down, told us that in this conference, it is really hard to win away, and considering that everybody did fairly well against tough teams —pretty solid teams — all the way through and managed to get a couple championships or into the semifinals or pretty far within the main draw, says a lot.”

The Redbird Roundup draw was organized to ensure that two Bulldogs wouldn’t play in the final.

“The team is doing so good that it was like they had to set it up so that two Drake people wouldn’t have to meet each other before the final, so it wasn’t an all-Drake final,” Dick said. “We had to beat our own team, so that says something about us.”

Like Dick, Thomson praised his young team’s growth at the Redbird Roundup.

“This was another good building weekend,” Thomson said in a Drake athletics press release. “We let a couple of matches get away from us in the semifinals, but we keep learning from each match.  I’m happy with the effort the team is putting in and with the daily improvements they are making.”

The Bulldogs are back in action at the Missouri Valley Conference Individuals on Oct. 5-7 in Wichita, Kan.

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