STORY BY ADAM ROGAN
The Drake Women’s Tennis team played in two matches over spring break, falling on the road to 58th ranked Columbia and then defeating Upper Iowa University at home.
The Bulldogs traveled to The City of Lights, Las Vegas, Nevada, to take on Columbia on March 17.
Drake got off to a slow start, losing the doubles point in two matches, even though freshman Summer Brills and junior Jordan Eggleston were ahead 6-4 when the point was sealed. The singles matches went by in a similar fashion.
Junior Maddie Johnson lost in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0 as the Bulldogs fell behind 2-0, snapping a five match win streak for Johnson.
Junior Mariel Ante followed suit, losing in straight sets, her fifth loss in seven matches, all at the one position.
The match was sealed as team captain Nell Boyd lost in the third position, falling to 9-6 on the season.
Eggleston and Lea Kozulic were able to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard, but the team still lost on the day, falling 5-2.
The Bulldogs returned home to take on Upper Iowa in the Knapp Tennis Center five days later.
The team got off to a fast start, winning all three matches in doubles, including an 8-6 win from Kozulic and freshman Mela Jaglarz in her first dual match since mid-January.
Jaglarz continued that success in her singles match, dispatching her opponent 6-1, 6-0.
Every other Bulldog won their match in straight sets, including 6-0 sets from Brills and Kozulic. Eggleston also contributed two shutout sets, winning 6-0, 6-0.
Drake now has a 13-4 record on the season, with all four losses coming against teams that are currently ranked nationally.
Road matches await the Bulldogs this week and next, facing off two instate rivals, the University of Iowa today in Iowa City and the University of Northern Iowa on Saturday in Cedar Falls.
The matchup with Northern Iowa marks the start of conference play for the Bulldogs, the following six matches taking place against Missouri Valley Conference opponents before the MVC Championship, which kicks off April 24.