Iowa Ends Season At Big Ten Tournament

April 27, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The University of Iowa men’s tennis team competed in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday. The Hawkeyes, the 11th seed, were defeated by sixth-seeded Penn State, 5-0.

The Hawkeyes fell behind early when Penn State was able to capture the doubles point. Sophomores J.P. Ritchie and Bart van Monsjou teamed in the No. 1 match to defeat Mark Barry and Slagter, 9-7. Iowa fell in the remaining two doubles matches. Seniors Kyle Markham and Brett Taylor were defeated by Ryan Berger and Bradley Hunter, 8-4, in the No. 2 match. In the No. 3 match, freshman Christian Bierich and senior Aaron Schaechterle were defeated by Brenden Lynch and Malcolm Scatliffe, 8-6.

The Hawkeyes were defeated in four quick singles matches. In the No. 1 match, van Monsjou faced No. 68 Mark Barry for the second time this season. He defeated Barry in their previous meeting, but van Monsjou lost Thursday’s match, 6-2, 6-3. Richie fell to Berger in the No. 3 match, 6-4, 6-4. In the No. 5 match, Taylor was defeated by Slagter, 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Greg Holm was defeated in the No. 6 match by Hunter, 6-0, 6-1. Bierich and senior Chaitu Malempati also competed in singles, but their matches did not finish.

With this loss, Iowa finishes its 2006 season. The Hawkeyes went 6-14 overall and 1-10 in the Big Ten.

No. 57 Penn State (6) 5
Iowa (11) 0

No. 1 #68 Mark Barry (PSU) def. Bart van Monsjou (IOWA) 6-2, 6-3
No. 2 Malcolm Scatliffe (PSU) vs. Christian Bierich (IOWA) 6-3, 3-6, 0-1,DNF
No. 3 Ryan Berger (PSU) def J.P. Ritchie (IOWA) 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 Michael James (PSU) vs. Chaitu Malempati (IOWA) 7-5, 3-2, DNF
No. 5 Adam Slagter (PSU) def Brett Taylor (IOWA) 6-4, 6-4
No. 6. Bradley Hunter (PSU) def. Greg Holm (IOWA) 6-0, 6-1

No. 1 Ritchie/van Monsjou (IOWA) def. Barry/Slagter (PSU) 9-7
No. 2 Berger/Hunter (PSU) def. Kyle Markham/Taylor (IOWA) 8-4
No. 3 Brenden Lynch/Scatliffe (PSU) def. Bierich/Aaron Schaechterle (IOWA) 8-6