Missouri Valley / Iowa

Drake Tennis Teams Have Record Year

Andrea Gallagher | June 07, 2023

For the first time in the history of Drake University tennis, the men’s and the women’s tennis teams both qualified for the NCAA tournament in the same season. The men’s team played North Carolina in the opening round of the NCAA tournament and lost 4-1. The women’s team battled it out with Iowa State as the Cyclones swept 4-0. 


Drake coach Breaunna Addison said winning the 2023 MVC Conference title was a tremendous achievement for the team, and the Drake Women's Tennis program.

“It was exciting to see their development individually as players, and collectively within our team culture,” Addison said. “Our team worked extremely hard this year. I am thrilled that their effort, resilience, and trust in the process culminated with a championship.”


The Drake women’s team has captured the conference title three times prior to this season, the last time in 2021. However, since Addison only recently joined the team last November, it’s been a challenging year.

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“I joined the program right before the start of the season, which is a difficult time for the student-athletes to adapt to a new coach, culture, and set of expectations,” she said. “I'm proud of the resilience they displayed in the transition and receptivity to feedback. Overall, we've grown tremendously, and I'm excited to watch this team continue to evolve.”


Addison said she is losing one senior, Kendall Hunt, but has seven players coming back. She believes they can achieve their goal of finishing the 2023-2024 season inside the top #75 in the ITA Rankings. 

For more on the team, click here: https://godrakebulldogs.com/sports/womens-tennis



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