Women's Tennis To Compete At Midwest Regionals

Oct. 20, 2009

The University of Iowa women’s tennis team competes in the Midwest Regional tournament beginning Thursday. The competition will be split between two locations, with the top draw competing at Northwestern and the second draw competing at Illinois. Competition is scheduled to begin each day at 9 a.m. Results can be found on hawkeyesports.com at the end of each day.

The team competed in the Seminole Quad tournament last weekend. The team faced Florida International, Florida State and Auburn in singles and doubles competition. The team went 7-2 in doubles competition and 6-12 in singles.

Sonja Molnar and Lynne Poggensee-Wei were undefeated in doubles competition. The duo won three matches. Merel Beelen and Zuzi Chmelarova were nearly perfect in doubles competition as well, posting a 2-1 record.

“This past weekend, we had a really good showing at Florida State. We saw some really positive things, especially in the doubles competition. It was encouraging to see them do so well after struggling a little bit last season. The competition at the Midwest Regionals is familiar to our players, but I am excited to see how Merel Beelen and Zuzi Chmelarova compete. Merel is gaining confidence after being out in the spring due to injury, and Zuzi will be competing in a new region this weekend. I’m really happy with how she has shown leadership on and off the court.”

Teams participating in the tournament include seven Big Ten teams-Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State, as well as non-conference teams from Akron, DePaul, Eastern Michigan, UIC, IPFW, Western Michigan, Youngstown State and Notre Dame.

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