Hawkeyes Open Spring Season With Victory

Jan. 26, 2008

IOWA CITY, IA – The University of Iowa men’s tennis team opened the spring season with a victory over Northern Illinois. The Hawkeyes won the dual meet by a score of 6-1 at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center.

In No. 1 singles competition, senior Bart van Monsjou defeated Brian Livingston, 6-4, 6-2. Fellow senior J.P. Ritchie also won, as he defeated Alex Friesen 6-2, 6-3. Juniors Christian Bierich and Gregory Holm also claimed victories on Saturday. Bierich won 6-2, 6-1 over Adam Ford and Gregory Holm defeated Diego Zegarra-Ballon 6-2, 6-3. In addition, sophomore Tommy McGeorge was victorious, as he defeated Javier Barnabe 6-2, 6-1.

In doubles competition, the Hawkeyes took two of three. Ritchie/van Monsjou defeated Livingston/Ford 8-3 and Haal/Dwyer defeated Monroy/Zegarra-Ballon 10-8. Iowa’s Holm/Grimes fell 8-3 to Northern Illinois’ Friesen/Chu.

Head Coach Steve Houghton was pleased with the results of the dual meet. “Today was a very good start to our season. I was particularly happy with how decisive our singles scores were.”

Singles:1. Bart van Monsjou (Iowa) def. Brian Livingston (NIU)       6-4, 6-22. J.P. Ritchie (Iowa) def. Alex Friesen (NIU)        6-2, 6-33. Christian Bierich (Iowa) def. Adam Ford (NIU)       6-2, 6-14. Jimmy Chu (NIU) def. Reinoud Haal (Iowa)         5-7, ret.5. Tommy McGeorge (Iowa) def. Javier Bernabe (NIU)        6-2, 6-16. Gregory Holm (Iowa) def. Diego Zegarra-Ballon (NIU)      6-2, 6-3
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