Hawkeyes Remain Tough

April 4, 2008

IOWA CITY, IA —The No. 46 Iowa Women’s tennis team faced 20th-ranked Notre Dame this evening in a tough battle that ended in a 6-1 loss. Iowa’s lone point came from senior Mili Veselinovic at the number two singles position. The Hawkeyes are now 11-5 this season, and 2-3 in the Big Ten.

Opening the match, Jacqueline Lee and Alexis Dorr faced off with the top doubles duo in the nation, Brook Buck and Kelcy Tefft. Lee and Dorr gave the pair a run for their money in an intense match, but fell in the end 8-4. Iowa was defeated in the remaining two matches, going 0-3 in doubles competition and giving Notre Dame a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.

The Hawkeyes were 1-5 in singles competition tonight. At the number one position, Lee was narrowly defeated by 41st-ranked Tefft 6-3, 6-2. Dorr also faced a ranked opponent in No. 122 Cosmina Ciobanu, but was defeated 6-1, 6-2. Although the match was already decided after losses at the fourth and fifth singles positions, Iowa ended the match on a victorious note. Veselinovic earned the Hawkeyes only point of the night with a 9-7, 7-5 victory over Brook Buck to end the match. Veselinovic’s victory improves her singles record to 15-1 this season.

“Notre Dame started off really strong in doubles and we knew we were in for a tough match,” said Iowa Head Coach Daryl Greenan. “I think we responded fairly well in the second half of some of the doubles. The girls competed well and I think we are more ready for our next match against Michigan State. It was a good effort on our part and it was highlighted by Mili (Veselinovic) picking up one of the biggest wins of her career.”

The Hawkeyes will continue competition this weekend, traveling to No. 71 Michigan State Sunday. Competition is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. (CST) at the MSU tennis facilities.

Doubles1) #1Brook Buck/Kelcy Tefft (Notre Dame) def. Jacqueline Lee/Alexis Dorr (Iowa) 8-42) Cosmina Ciobanu/Colleen Reilley (Notre Dame) def. Mili Veselinovic/Kelcie Klockenga (Iowa) 8-03) Kali Krisik/Katie Potts (Notre Dame) def. Lynne Poggensee-Wei/Kayla Berry (Iowa) 8-0

Singles1) #41 Kelcy Tefft (Notre Dame) def. Jacqueline Lee (Iowa) 6-3, 6-22) Mili Veselinovic (Iowa) def. Brook Buck (Notre Dame) 9-7,7-53) #122 Cosmina Ciobanu (Notre Dame) def. Alexis Dorr (Iowa) 6-1, 6-24) Colleen Reilley (Notre Dame) def. Lynne Poggensee-Wei (Iowa) 6-2, 6-25) Kali Krisik (Notre Dame) def. Kelcie Klockenga (Iowa) 6-4, 6-16) Katie Potts (Notre Dame) def. Kayla Berry (Iowa) 6-1, 6-1

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