Men's Tennis Sweeps Kangaroos, 7-0

Feb. 11, 2014

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s tennis team improved to 3-0 Tuesday afternoon, defeating UMKC, 7-0, inside the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. The Hawkeyes posted their third consecutive sweep to open the season.

“I thought it was a good win for us. We have won three in a row and haven’t lost a single match for us, singles or doubles, and that is great,” said UI head coach Steve Houghton. “There is still a lot of work to do in the next couple of days to get prepared for the weekend.”

Iowa came out and swept the doubles point, with the duo of Brian Alden and Michael Swank coasting to 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles. Jonas Dierckx and Juan Estenssoro secured the doubles point with a 6-4 victory at the No. 2 spot while Nils Hallestrand and Joey White came back from a 4-0 deficit to win the No. 3 doubles point with a 6-5 (7-4) win.

In singles, the Hawkeyes continued their winning ways, with four Hawkeyes winning in straight sets. Junior Matt Hagan, making his spring debut after working back from injury, recorded the first Iowa singles victory with an impressive 6-2, 6-2 decision over Vinh Pham at No. 4 singles. Dierckx (6-3, 6-3), Estenssoro (6-3, 6-4), and sophomore Dominic Patrick (6-2, 6-4) also recorded straight set victories for the Hawkeyes. Alden and Swank each split their first two sets, but both came away with 10-5 tiebreaker victories to secure the Hawkeye Sweep.

Iowa has little time to rest, as they prepare for a set of weekend matches. The Hawkeyes host Northern Illinois at 6 p.m. (CT) Friday evening, and open Big Ten play by squaring off against Minnesota at 12 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

“Northern Illinois is a very good team and Minnesota has been one of the better teams in the Big Ten the past several of years,” said Houghton. “I was very happy with today, but know that we have some challenges ahead.”

Both matches will take place inside the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex and are free to the public.

Iowa 7, UMKC 0
Alden/Swank (Iowa) def. Patino/Psarros (UMKC): 6-1
Dierckx/J. Estenssoro (Iowa) def. Edwards/Pham (UMKC): 6-4
Hallestrand/White (Iowa) def. De Zamacona/Gaismins (UMKC): 6-5 (7-4)

Jonas Dierckx (Iowa) def. Mike Psarros (UMKC): 6-3, 6-3
Juan Estenssoro (Iowa) def. Tomas Patino (UMKC): 6-3, 6-4
Brian Alden (Iowa) def. Andrey Smirnov (UMKC): 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5)
Matt Hagan (Iowa) def. Vinh Pham (UMKC): 6-2, 6-2
Dominic Patrick (Iowa) def. Conner Edwards (UMKC): 6-2, 6-4
Michael Swank (Iowa) def. Uldis Gaismins (UMKC): 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-5)