Hawkeyes Back To Winning Ways

March 30, 2008

IOWA CITY, IA —The Iowa Women’s tennis team was back in its winning form this afternoon. The Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 5-2 and snapped their three match losing streak to improve to 11-4 for the season, 2-3 in the Big Ten. Iowa claimed the doubles point and earned a key 1-0 advantage over the Nittany Lions. Singles competition proved to be close, as the Hawkeyes fought to keep the lead, but Lynne Poggensee-Wei’s singles victory solidified the win for Iowa.

The Hawkeyes started the match off in winning fashion, sweeping doubles competition and earning the first point of the match. Kayla Berry and Poggensee-Wei dominated Penn State’s duo of Dorothy Dohanics and Denise Zobeideh, posting a solid 8-1 win. Iowa’s pair of Mili Veselinovic and Kelcie Klockenga, playing for the first time together, did not miss a beat and put away Katelyn BeVard and Lauren McCarthy with an 8-3 victory, securing the doubles point for Iowa. Finishing up doubles for the Hawkeyes at the number one position, Jacqueline Lee and Alexis Dorr defeated Sarah Lotto and Jenny Shular 8-4.

Taking a 1-0 lead into singles play, the competition remained tough. Penn State tied the match up at 1-1 when Dorr was defeated by Shular 6-1, 6-3. Veselinovic’s 6-1, 6-3 victory over Lauren Holzberg put the Hawkeyes back into the lead at 2-1, but Penn State again tied up the match at 2-2 with McCarthy defeating Berry 7-5, 6-4. Lee put Iowa back into the lead, defeating BeVard 7-5, 6-0. The deciding match came down to Poggensee-Wei and Dohanics at the number four position. Poggensee-Wei pulled off the win for the Hawkeyes, defeating Dohanics 6-4, 6-2 to earn Iowa its fourth point of the match and secure the victory. Klockenga’s 7-5, 4-6, 10-8 win over Leyla Morzan wrapped up singles competition for Iowa.

“It’s great to break our losing streak and get back on the winning track,” said Iowa Head Coach Daryl Greenan. “After two close loses and then getting beat at home by Michigan yesterday, psychologically, it was a huge win for us today. Penn State is a good team. I was impressed with the way our girls swept doubles and the way we stayed focused and got the job done in singles.”

The Hawkeyes will return to action on Friday, April 4. Iowa will host Notre Dame at 4 p.m. at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex on the University of Iowa campus.

Doubles1) Jacqueline Lee/Alexis Dorr (Iowa) def. Sarah Lotto/Jenny Shular (Penn State) 8-42) Mili Veselinovic/Kelcie Klockenga (Iowa) def. Katelyn BeVard/Lauren McCarthy (Penn State) 8-33) Kayla Berry/Lynne Poggensee-Wei (Iowa) def. Dorothy Dohanics/Denise Zobeideh (Penn State) 8-1

Singles1) Jacqueline Lee (Iowa) def. Katelyn BeVard (Penn State) 7-5, 6-02) Mili Veselinovic (Iowa) def. Lauren Holzberg (Penn State) 6-1, 6-33) Jenny Shular (Penn State) def. Alexis Dorr (Iowa) 6-1, 6-34) Poggensee-Wei (Iowa) def. Dorothy Dohanics (Penn State) 6-4, 6-25) Kelcie Klockenga (Iowa) def. Leyla Morzan (Penn State) 7-5, 4-6, 10-86) Lauren McCarthy (Penn State) def. Kayla Berry (Iowa) 7-5, 6-4

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