Two Days Down at Wildcat Invitational

Oct. 1, 2011


WINNETKA, Ill. — The University of Iowa women’s tennis team completed the first two rounds of singles at the Wildcat Invitational on Saturday at the Nielson Tennis Center in Winnetka, Ill. The Hawkeyes collected five singles wins during the tournament’s second day of competition. All doubles matches were finished on Friday, as Iowa won five matches. The 11-team tournament field includes six Big Ten teams.

Senior Cassandra Escobar advanced to the Flight D second round after her first round opponent withdrew. Escobar won her second round match against DePaul’s Cali Gustafson. The Guatemala City, Guatemala, native rebounded from a 6-7 (4) first set defeat to top Gustafson, 6-7(4), 7-6 (3), 6-4. Fellow senior Ally Majercik also won a match that lasted three sets. Majercik won a 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4) decision against Jill Pastunink of Western Michigan in a match that lasted nearly four hours. Majercik fell in the second round.

Sophomore Christina Harazin and freshmen Shelby Talcott and Katie Zordani bounced back from first round defeats with wins. Harazin topped DePaul’s Carolin Neumann, 6-3, 7-5, Zordani beat Polina Guimaraes of Illinois-Chicago, 6-3, 6-4 and Talcott, the reigning Big Ten Women’s Tennis Player of the Week, won 7-5, 6-3 against Mariya Kovleva of Illinois-Chicago.

Doubles matches were played indoors at the Combe Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill., on Friday due to inclement weather. Majercik and Talcott paired to post a 3-1 record in the Flight B bracket. The duo topped Hager/Yen of Michigan State, 8-5, Illinois-Chicago’s Sharples/Knoppe, 8-4 and Pereira/Guzalrova of South Carolina, 9-8 (4). McCulloch and Zordani bounced back from a first round defeat by topping a pair of Big Ten foes. The tandem defeated Minnesota’s Renault/Gilbert, 8-0, and Gruber/Bauer of Wisconsin, 8-4. McCulloch and Zordani also competed in the Flight B bracket.

The Hawkeyes return to the courts at the Nielson Tennis Center tomorrow at 9 a.m. (CT) for the final day of competition.

Linda Abu Mushrefova (Northwestern) def. Shelby Talcott (Iowa), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2
Shelby Talcott (Iowa) def. Mariya Kovleva (UIC), 7-5, 6-3
Josefin Andersson (South Carolina) def. Katie Zordani (Iowa), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Katie Zordani (Iowa) def. Polina Guimaraes (UIC), 6-3, 6-4
Dominika Kanakova (South Carolina) def. Ellen Silver (Iowa), 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Whitney Wofford (Oklahoma) def. Ellen Silver (Iowa), 4-2, ret.
Adriana Pereira (South Carolina) def. Morven McCulloch (Iowa), 6-1, 6-4
Jana Knoppe (UIC) def. Morven McCulloch (Iowa), 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Ally Majercik (Iowa) def. Jill Pastunink (Western Michigan), 5-7, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (4)
Aria Lambert (Minnesota) def. Ally Majercik (Iowa), 6-1, 6-2
Teona Tsertsvadze (UIC) def. Christina Harazin (Iowa), 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Christina Harazin (Iowa) def. Carolin Neumann (DePaul), 6-3, 7-5
Cassandra Escobar (Iowa) vs. Dana Guentert (Michigan State), W/O
Cassandra Escobar (Iowa) def. Cali Gustafson (DePaul), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-4

Trgovich/Berner (Wisconsin) def. Silver/Harazin (Iowa), 8-2
Popova/Andersson (South Carolina) def. Silver/Harazin (Iowa), 8-3
Huet/Wofford (Oklahoma) def. Silver/Harazin (Iowa), 9-7
Long/Gruber (Michigan State) def. McCulloch/Zordani (Iowa), 8-1
McCulloch/Zordani (Iowa) def. Renault/Gilbert (Minnesota), 8-0
McCulloch/Zordani (Iowa) def. Gruber/Bauer (Wisconsin), 8-4
Mitrea/Gustafson (DePaul) def. McCulloch/Zordani (Iowa), 8-2
Talcott/Majercik (Iowa) def. Hager/Yen (Michigan State), 8-5
Ritchie/Lancaster (Oklahoma) def. Talcott/Majercik (Iowa), 8-4
Talcott/Majercik (Iowa) def. Sharples/Knoppe (UIC), 8-4
Talcott/Majercik (Iowa) def. Pereira/Guzalrova (South Carolina), 9-8 (4)