Hawkeyes Edge Denver, 4-3

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La Jolla, CA —The University of Iowa Men’s Tennis team edged Denver, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in California. The Hawkeyes move to 9-2 overall.

“It was another good win for us against a nationally-prominent team,” said head coach Steve Houghton.

In doubles, the Hawkeyes swept the point. At the No. 1 spot, Kyle Markham and Brett Taylor topped the duo of Viktor Zetterholm and Niklas Persson, 8-1. Chaitu Malempati and Bart van Monsjou pulled out a tiebreaker against Steve Flaks and Jason Tan, 9-8 (3). At No. 3 doubles, J.P. Ritchie and Aaron Schaechterle took a win against Ryan Slemons and Kalle Rosen, 8-3.

Iowa and Denver split the six singles matches, with the Hawkeyes picking up wins in positions four through six. Freshman Bart van Monsjou defeated Steve Flaks, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5, at the No. 4 spot. Sophomore Jonny Hoak dropped Kalle Rosen, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, at No. 5. At the No. 6 position, junior Brett Taylor downed Ryan Slemons, 6-3, 6-0.

Iowa returns to action Friday when the Hawkeyes face Central Florida, with the match again being played at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

Iowa – 4

Denver – 3

Match Summary
No. 1 Viktor Zetterholm (DU) def. Chaitu Malempati (UI), 7-5, 6-2
No. 2 Niklas Persson (DU) def. Kyle Markham (UI), 6-3, 6-0
No. 3 Jason Tan (DU) def. J.P. Ritchie (UI), 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4
No. 4 Bart van Monsjou (UI) def. Steve Flaks (DU), 6-1, 1-6, 7-5
No. 5 Jonny Hoak (UI) def. Kalle Rosen (DU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
No. 6 Brett Taylor (UI) def. Ryan Slemons (DU), 6-3, 6-0

No. 1 Markham/Taylor (UI) def. Zetterholm/Persson (DU), 8-1
No. 2 Malempati/van Monsjou (UI) def. Flaks/Tan (DU), 9-8 (3)
No. 3 Ritchie/Aaron Schaechterle (UI) def. Rosen/Slemons (DU), 8-3