Feb. 13, 2005
IOWA CITY, IA – The Iowa men’s tennis team continued its success this season handing Toledo a 7-0 defeat today at the Recreational Building. With the victory, Iowa improves its unbeaten season to 5-0. Toledo’s record drops to 2-5.
Iowa continued its strong doubles play by picking up victories in two-of-three matches. Iowa has now won 13-of-15 matches in doubles this season. The junior tandem of Kyle Markham and Brett Taylor defeated Toledo’s Brian Rager and Josh Moran (8-4) in the No. 1 position. Junior Aaron Schaechterle and J.P. Ritchie won their match at the No. 3 position as well. The duo defeated Travis Curran and Erik Petersson (8-5). Both pairs of doubles teams remain unbeaten (5-0).
Iowa swept singles competition for the first time this season. In addition, all six matches were decided in straight sets. Junior Chaitu Malempati got things started at the No. 1 position by defeating Tony Tran in straight sets (6-3, 6-2). Fellow junior Kyle Markham kept the winning going at the No. 2 position by winning in convincing fashion in straight sets over Josh Moran (6-3, 6-4). Freshman J.P. Ritchie picked up another Hawkeye win in the No. 3 spot by winning 7-6 (3), 6-3 over Chris Clark. Another Hawkeye freshman picked up a victory at the No. 4 spot. Bart van Monsjou defeated Travis Curran (6-4, 6-4). Sophomore Jonny Hoak was victorious at the No. 5 position by beating Brian Raeger (7-6 (5), 6-3). Junior Brett Taylor finished the Hawkeye sweep of singles matches by defeating Erik Petersson in dominating fashion (6-1, 6-1). Taylor has yet to lose a match in both his singles and doubles matches this spring (5-0).
“We’re off to a great start,” said Head Coach Steve Houghton. “I’m very pleased with how we are playing thus far this season.”
Iowa will return to action next weekend when it hosts Western Michigan and DePaul on February 19 and 20. Both competitions will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the UI Recreational Building. Admission to both competitions is free.
No.1 Markham/Taylor (IOWA) def. Rager/Moran (UT) 8-4
No. 2 Tran/Clark (UT) def. Malempati/van Monsjou (IOWA) 9-8 (4)
No. 3 Ritchie/Schaechterle (IOWA) def. Curran/Petersson (UT) 8-5
No. 1 Chaitu Malempati (IOWA) def. Tony Tran (UT) 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Kyle Markham (IOWA) def. Josh Moran (UT) 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 J.P. Ritchie (IOWA) def. Chris Clark (UT) 7-6 (3), 6-3
No. 4 Bart van Monsjou (IOWA) def. Travis Curran (UT) 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 Jonny Hoak (IOWA) def. Brian Rager (UT) 7-6 (5), 6-3
No. 6 Brett Taylor (IOWA) def. Erik Petersson (UT) 6-1, 6-1