Sept. 15, 2006
,> The Iowa women’s tennis team completed its first day of competition today at the Gopher Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. Combining singles and doubles, the Hawkeyes won 12 of 15 matches.
First-seeded Mili Veselinovic defeated Diana Kuhl of Nebraska, 6-0, 6-1 in the first round, and went on to defeat Erin Katims of BU, 6-2, 6-1, in the second round. Third-seed Hillary Mintz was also successful today, defeating Wiveca Swarting of Nebraska, 6-4, 6-4 in the first round, before falling to Florentina Hanisch of Wichita State, 6-3, 6-1, in the second round.
Jacqueline Lee, seeded fourth, defeated both of her opponents today. Lee defeated Erika Josbena of Mizzou, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round, and Christine Abayan of Air Force, 6-0, 6-1, in the second round. In a rare occurrence, teammates Veselinovic and Lee will face each other in the next round of competition, beginning Saturday.
In others singles action, walk-on Jennifer Barnes had an impressive first collegiate showing, defeating Jennifer Walters of Air Force, 6-1, 6-0, in the first round, and Jenna Tellefsen of Minnesota, 6-0, 6-1, in the second round. Freshman Kelcie Klockenga also defeated her two opponents today. Klockenga faced Kaitlin McKenzie of Mizzou in the first round and Mikayla Rogers of Minnesota in the second, winning 6-0, 6-3, and 7-5, 6-1, respectively. Kayla Berry defeated Alex Seaton of Minnesota, 6-3, 6-0, in the first round, and fell to Stephanie Dalmacio of Wichita State, 7-6 (3), 6-1 in the second.
In doubles action, Iowa was successful in two of the three matches. Lee/Mintz defeated Abayan/Knight of Air Force, 8-1, while Berry/Klockenga knocked off second-seeded Reimers/Ring of Nebraska, 9-7.
“I was impressed with the two new girls and how they played today. I was excited to see them get the first wins of their collegiate careers. I was also happy with the way the others played and how the day went in general,” said Iowa Head Coach Daryl Greenan. “The girls competed well and we will look to repeat it tomorrow.”
Competition will continue tomorrow at the Baseline Tennis Center on the University of Minnesota Campus, beginning at 8 a.m.
#57 Mili Veselinovic (Iowa) def. Diana Kuhl (Nebraska), 6-0, 6-1.
#57 Mili Veselinovic (Iowa) def. Erin Katims (BU), 6-2, 6-1.
#123 Hillary Mintz (Iowa) def. Wiveca Swarting (Nebraska), 6-4, 6-4.
Florentina Hanisch (WSU) def. #123 Hillary Mintz (Iowa), 6-3, 6-1.
Jacqueline Lee (Iowa) def. Erika Josbena (Mizzou), 6-1, 6-1.
Jacqueline Lee (Iowa) def. Christine Abayan (Air Force), 6-0, 6-1.
Kayla Berry (Iowa) def. Alex Seaton (Minn), 6-3, 6-0.
Stephanie Dalmacio (WSU) def. Kayla Berry (Iowa), 7-6 (3), 6-1.
Kelcie Klockenga (Iowa) def. Kaitlin McKenzie (Mizzou), 6-0, 6-3.
Kelcie Klockenga (Iowa) def. Mikayla Rogers (Minn), 7-5, 6-1.
Jennifer Barnes (Iowa) def. Jennifer Walters (Air Force), 6-1, 6-0.
Jennifer Barnes (Iowa) def. Jenna Tellefsen (Minn), 6-0, 6-1.
Lee/Mintz (Iowa) def. Abayan/Knight (Air Force), 8-1.
Berry/Klockenga (Iowa) def. Reimers/Ring (Nebraska), 9-7.
Browning/Richey (WSU) def. Barnes/Veselinovic (Iowa), 9-8 (5).