Hawkeyes Dominate At Home

Jan. 25, 2009

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The Iowa women’s tennis team hosted in-state rival Northern Iowa Sunday, posting a 3-0 doubles record to open the match, and a 6-0 singles record to earn their second team win of the 2009 season in Iowa City. The final team scores were Iowa 7 and Northern Iowa 0.

The doubles duo of Sonja Molnar and Alexis Dorr once again opened competition with a big win at No. 1 doubles for the Hawkeyes for the second consecutive day. They defeated Sampada Kanade and Diana Mendez 8-1 in an Iowa blowout. The second Hawkeye win came from Kelcie Klockenga and Allison Majercik against Panther duo Taynara Moraes and Jessica Kunzelmann going 8-4 at the No. 3 spot. Lynne Poggensee-Wei and Jessica Young won an intense battle in No. 2 doubles going 8-7 (7-4) against Phoebe Walker and Laia Gonzalez-Garrid after winning a tie-breaker to take the match. Iowa stands undefeated in doubles competition so far this spring season.

Iowa confidently moved from the doubles match-ups to singles competition, grabbing early wins. Molnar lead the Hawkeyes at the No. 1 singles position, taking the first win against Northern Iowa’s Laia Gonzalez-Garrid in a quick match going 6-0, 6-0. Klockenga snagged the second Iowa win, in another sweep, defeating Taynara Moraes 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 5 position. Finishing close behind, giving Iowa a 6-0 lead in overall team scoring was Young with a 6-3, 6-3 finish at No. 4 over Northern Iowa’s Jessica Kunzelmann, Dorr’s defeat of Sampada Kanade at the No. 2 spot 6-3, 6-3 and Majercik with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Diana Mendez at the No. 6 position.

Poggensee-Wei battled throughout the day in singles play against Panther Phoebe Walker. After losing the first set 3-6, Poggensee-Wei came back to win the second set 7-6 (8-6). After gaining rhythm in her second set, and saving three match points, she came back to win the 10 point tie-breaker, going 11-9 after being down 9-7 and saving two match points, to end the meet and give the Hawkeyes their second consecutive undefeated home meet.

“For the second day in a row we did a great job staying focused and playing with a sense of urgency and excitement even in matches where the score was one-sided,” said Hawkeye Head Coach Daryl Greenan. “I have never seen so many 6-0 sets that were actually hard fought battles. Lynne really struggled but did a great job saving five match points to clinch the sweep.”

Iowa women’s tennis will return to competition January 31 when they travel to the ITA Qualifier to face Virginia Tech in Waco, TX.

1.) Sonja Molnar/Alexis Dorr (Iowa) def. Sampada Kanade/Diana Mendez (UNI) 8-1
2.) Lynne Poggensee-Wei/ Jessica Young (Iowa) def. Phoebe Walker/Laia Gonzalez-Garrid (UNI) 8-7 (7-4)
3.) Kelcie Klockenga/ Ally Majercik (Iowa) def. Taynara Moraes/Jessica Kunzelmann (UNI) 8-4

1.) Sonja Molnar (Iowa) def. Laia Gonzalez-Garrid (UNI) 6-0, 6-0
2.) Alexis Dorr (Iowa) def. Sampada Kanade (UNI) 6-3, 6-3
3.)Lynne Poggensee-Wei (Iowa) def. Phoebe Walker (UNI) 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 11-9
4.) Jessica Young (Iowa) def. Jessica Kunzelmann (UNI) 6-3, 6-3
5.) Kelcie Klockenga (Iowa) def. Taynara Moraes (UNI) 6-0, 6-0
6.) Ally Majercik (Iowa) def. Diana Mendez (UNI) 6-0, 6-0

Match Notes
Iowa 2-0; National ranking #51
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,4,6,3,2,5)
Attendance- 75