Hawkeyes Stay Perfect In California

March 16, 2007

LA JOLLA, CA – The University of Iowa men’s tennis team continued Spring Break competition Friday afternoon in California. The 75th-ranked Hawkeyes defeated UC San Diego, the 14th-ranked team in Division II, by the score of 6-3.

UC San Diego swept the Hawkeyes in doubles competition. In the No. 1 match, juniors Bart van Monsjou and J.P. Ritchie suffered their first doubles loss of the year when they were defeated by the No. 17 team of Meister and Rubens, 8-6. The sophomore team of Greg Holm and Christian Bierich was defeated by Moallemi and Negishi, 8-3. In the final doubles match, freshman Reinoud Haal teamed with senior Scott Elwell. They were defeated by Thondapu and Oechel, 8-6.

After being shut out in doubles competition, Iowa came back to win all singles matches. In the No. 1 match, van Monsjou took down Rubens, 6-2, 6-3. Bierich was victorious over Moallemi, 6-0, 7-5, in the No. 2 spot. In the No. 3 match, Ritchie defeated Negishi, 6-3, 6-1. Haal defeated Oechel, 6-4, 6-1, in the No. 4 match. Freshman Tommy McGeorge was victorious over Thondapu in the No. 5 match, 6-2, 6-2. In the final singles match, freshman Patrick Dwyer defeated Meister, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

With this win, Iowa moves to 6-3. The Hawkeyes will go after their third win of the Spring Break trip when they face Dartmouth Saturday in San Diego, CA. Competition is set to begin at 11 a.m.

#75 Iowa 6
#14 UC San Diego 3

No. 1: Bart van Monsjou (Iowa) def. Eric Rubens (UCSD) 6-2, 6-3
No. 2: Christian Bierich (Iowa) def. Bijan Moallemi (UCSD) 6-0, 7-5
No. 3: J.P. Ritchie (Iowa) def. Kazumi Negishi (UCSD) 6-3, 6-1
No. 4: Reinoud Haal (Iowa) def. Steven Oechel (UCSD) 6-4, 6-1
No. 5: Tommy McGeorge (Iowa) def. Ramesh Thondapu (UCSD) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6: Patrick Dwyer (Iowa) def. Blake Meister (UCSD) 3-6, 6-1, 6-2

No. 1: #17 Meister/Rubens (UCSD) def. #28 Ritchie/van Monsjou (Iowa) 8-6
No. 2: Moallemi/Negishi (UCSD) def. Gregory Holm/Bierich (Iowa) 8-3
No. 3: Thondapu/Oechel (UCSD) def. Haal/Scott Elwell (Iowa) 8-6

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