March 27, 2011
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The University of Iowa women’s tennis team defeated Penn State (5-10 overall, 0-3 Big Ten) 5-2 Sunday at the Sarni Tennis Center. The win was the Hawkeyes first of the season against a Big Ten Conference opponent and improved their record to 4-9 overall.
Iowa, 3-6 in road matches, claimed the doubles point by sweeping all three matches. The Hawkeyes have swept the doubles matches in all four of their victories this season.
At the No. 1 position, junior Sonja Molnar and senior Jessica Young won their third consecutive match by beating Petra Januskova and Amy Simidian, 8-4. Molnar and Young, currently ranked No. 40 by the ITA, are 8-3 in dual matches.
In singles, the Hawkeyes won four of six matches for the first time since their win against Miami (OH) on Feb. 14. At the top spot, Sonja Molnar topped Petra Januskova 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5) to earn her team-best ninth victory during dual matches. Jessica Young won her third match in a row at the No. 3 position by beating Carmen Sandor 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3. She is 6-7 in dual matches. At the No. 4 spot, Alexis Dorr improved to 4-9 during dual matches with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory over Denisa Zobeideh. At the No. 6 position, junior Cassandra Escobar secured her first dual match win of the season after beating Carmen Sandor 6-2, 7-5.
Iowa will host a pair of Big Ten Conference opponents next weekend at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. The Hawkeyes will face Indiana Saturday at 11 a.m. (CST) before playing at noon (CST) Sunday against Purdue.
Iowa (4-9, 1-1) – 5
Penn State (5-10, 0-3) – 2
1. #40 Sonja Molnar/Jessica Young (IOWA) def. Petra Januskova/Amy Simidian (PSU), 8-4
2. Christina Harazin/Alexis Dorr (IOWA) def. Fernanda Perrotta/Carmen Sandor (PSU), 8-6
3. Lynne Poggensee-Wei/Ally Majercik (IOWA) def. Denisa Zobeideh/Maria Prishlyak (PSU), 8-3
1. #114 Sonja Molnar (IOWA) def. Petra Januskova, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5)
2. Amy Simidian (PSU) def. Lynne Poggensee-Wei (IOWA), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(4)
3. Jessica Young (IOWA) def. Carmen Sandor(PSU), 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3
4. Alexis Dorr (IOWA) def. Denisa Zobeideh (PSU), 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
5. Fernanda Perrotta (PSU) def. Christina Harazin (IOWA), 7-6 (5), 6-3
6. Cassandra Escobar (IOWA) def. Maria Prishlyak (PSU), 6-2, 7-5