Sept. 26, 2009
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The University of Iowa women’s tennis team competed in the Gopher Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center. The Hawkeyes finished the day 8-6 in singles competition. Iowa was 3-4 in Saturday’s opening session but bounced back with five wins in seven matches in the day’s afternoon session.
“The competition here is tough, which is what we expected.” said Head Coach Daryl Greenan. “A winning record is exciting. The players are competing well and so far it’s been a great weekend to start the season. We look forward to finishing strong tomorrow.”
Sophomore Alexis Dorr paced the Hawkeyes with two wins to advance to the championship finals of the Twins Singles Flight. Dorr won in straight sets over Minnesota’s Jackie Sperling (6-0, 6-2) and Eastern Michigan’s Miriam Westerink (6-0, 7-6).
Top-ranked sophomore Sonja Molnar was bounced from the championship bracket of the Vikings Singles Flight in straight sets (7-6, 6-2) by Tijana Koprivica (Minn). The Big Ten’s reigning Freshman of the Year rebounded with a straight set win over Iowa State’s Erin Karonis (6-0, 6-1)
Iowa senior newcomer Zuzanne Chmelarova advanced to the consolation finals of the Vikings Singles Flight with wins over Steffi Weinstein (Neb) and Phoebe Walker (UNI). Senior Kelcie Klockenga used a default to advance to the Twins Singles Flight consolation semifinals before topping Peta Forsyth (Minn) to advance to the finals of the consolation bracket.
The Hawkeyes will wrap up the Gopher Invitational Sunday with singles and doubles competition beginning at 9 a.m. Complete results will be available on hawkeyesports.com following Sunday’s action.
Tijana Koprivica (Minnesota) def. Sonja Molnar (IOWA) 7-6, 6-2
Sonja Molnar (IOWA) def. Erin Karonis (Iowa State) 6-0, 6-1
Madeleine Geibert (Nebraska) def. Lynne Poggensee-Wei (IOWA) 6-2, 6-4
Jennifer Homberg (Nebraska) def. Lynne Poggensee-Wei (IOWA) 7-6, 6-4
Phoebe Walker (UNI) def. Merel Beelen (IOWA) 6-1, 6-0
Steffi Weinstein (Nebraska) def. Merel Beelen (IOWA) 4-6, 7-5, 0-6
Zuzana Chmelarova (IOWA) def. Steffi Weinstein (Nebraska) 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
Zuzana Chmelarova (IOWA) def. Phoebe Walker (UNI) 6-4, 6-3
Miriam Westerink (E. Michigan) def. Jessica Young (IOWA) 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
Jessica Young (IOWA) def. Jackie Sperling (Minnesota) 6-3, 6-2
Alexis Dorr (IOWA) def. Jackie Sperling (Minnesota) 6-0, 6-2
Alexis Dorr (IOWA) def. Miriam Westerink (E. Michigan) 6-0, 7-6 (5)
Kelcie Klockenga (IOWA) def. Karina Ahuja (E. Michigan) default
Kelcie Klockenga (IOWA) def. Peta Forsyth (Minnesota) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3