Iowa Falls To No. 14 Michigan, 5-2

March 28, 2008

ANN ARBOR, MI – The 46th-ranked University of Iowa men’s tennis team fell to No. 14 Michigan Friday, 5-2. With the loss, the Hawkeyes are now 9-5 overall on the season and 1-2 in Big Ten play.

Michigan won the doubles point, claiming two of three matches. Iowa’s victory came as seniors Bart van Monsjou and J.P. Ritchie defeated the 20th-ranked doubles team in the nation. Ritchie/van Monsjou defeated No. 20 Maravic/Navas 8-3, at No. 1 doubles.

Iowa was able to claim two singles victories at the Varsity Tennis Center. Senior Bart van Monsjou continued his strong play at No. 1 singles, defeating No. 61 Matko Maravic 6-2, 6-2. In addition, Reinoud Haal defeated Peter Aarts 7-6(4), 2-6, 1-0(7), at No. 4 singles.

“We played one of the top teams in the country in a very close match,” said Head Coach Steve Houghton.

The Hawkeyes play at Penn State Sunday. Competition is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. CT.

#14 Michigan 5, Iowa 2

Singles:No. 1 -- Bart van Monsjou (Iowa) d. #61 Matko Maravic (UM), 6-2, 6-2No. 2 -- Mike Sroczynski (UM) d. Christian Bierich (Iowa), 7-5, 6-3No. 3 -- Andrew Mazlin (UM) d. J.P. Ritchie (Iowa), 6-4, 6-2No. 4 -- Reinoud Haal (Iowa) d. Peter Aarts (UM), 7-6(4), 2-6, 1-0(7)No. 5 -- Chris Madden (UM) d. Tommy McGeorge (Iowa), 6-4, 6-2No. 6 -- George Navas (UM) d. Gregory Holm (Iowa), 6-1, 6-4=""http:>=""http:>=""http:>
Doubles:No. 1 -- Ritchie/van Monsjou (Iowa) d. #20 Maravic/Navas (UM), 8-3No. 2 -- Aarts/Sroczynski (UM) d. Haal/Austen Kauss (Iowa), 8-5No. 3 -- #56 Madden/Mazlin (UM) d. Bierich/Holm (Iowa), 8-6

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