Hawkeyes Defeat Western Michigan, 4-3

Feb. 23, 2008

KALAMAZOO, MI – The No. 68 Iowa men’s tennis team defeated No. 65 Western Michigan on the road Saturday, 4-3.

Western Michigan claimed the doubles point, winning three close matches. The Hawkeyes then claimed four straight singles victories to defeat the Broncos. In No. 1 singles competition, No. 93 Bart van Monsjou defeated Kevin Hayward 6-2, 6-1. Fellow senior J.P. Ritchie defeated Alex Birchmeier 6-3, 6-4 in No. 2 singles. In addition, Christian Bierich and Tommy McGeorge also claimed victories. Bierich defeated Bryan Norville 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 and McGeorge defeated Michale Calderone 6-4, 6-4.

Iowa (5-1 overall, 1-0 in Big Ten) will travel to No. 52 Drake Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Head Coach Steve Houghton was pleased with the outcome of the match. “It’s already our third win against a ranked team and our confidence continues to grow.”

Results:No. 68 Iowa  - 4No. 65 Western Michigan - 3
Singles:1. No. 93 Bart van Monsjou (Iowa) def. Kevin Hayward (WMU)    6-2, 6-12. J.P. Ritchie (Iowa) def. Alex Birchmeier (WMU)      6-3, 6-43. Christian Bierich (Iowa) def. Bryan Norville (WMU)       6-2, 4-6, 6-24. Kazuya Komada (WMU) def. Reinoud Haal (Iowa)      3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3)5. Tommy McGeorge (Iowa) def. Michale Calderone (WMU)      6-4, 6-46. Alejandro Staub (WMU) def. Gregory Holm (Iowa)        5-7, 6-1, 6-2
Doubles:1. Birchmeier/Norville (WMU) def. van Monsjou/Ritchie (Iowa)    9-8 (5)2. Hayward/Cullen (WMU) def. Haal/Holm (Iowa)           9-73. Komada/Calderone (WMU) def. Bierich/Kauss (Iowa)     9-7

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