Feb. 28, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The No. 55 Iowa men’s tennis team bounced back Friday afternoon with a pair of 7-0 sweeps over North Dakota and Creighton. The Hawkeyes, who didn’t drop a singles set while losing one doubles match Friday, improve to 7-2 (1-0) on the season.
“I thought we played really well in singles today which was nice to see,” said UI head coach Steve Houghton. “Just by looking at the scores you can tell it was pretty decisive. It was nice to see our guys focused throughout the day in singles.”
The Hawkeyes opened the doubleheader with an easy 7-0 sweep over North Dakota. North Dakota, in its second year as a Division I program, only brought five players to Iowa City. This allowed Iowa to win by default at the No. 3 doubles position, as well as No. 6 singles.
It wasn’t needed, as Iowa cruised to the doubles point behind victories from Brian Alden/Michael Swank (8-4), and Matt Hagan/Chase Tomlins (8-3). In singles play, it was all Iowa, as all five Hawkeyes won in straight sets. Senior Jonas Dierckx and freshman Nils Hallestrand recorded 6-0, 6-0 victories at the No. 2 and No. 5 positions, respectively. Over the course of 10 sets of singles play, the Hawkeyes lost a total of eight games en route to the victory.
In the afternoon match against Creighton, Iowa fought hard to take the doubles point. With Matt Hagan and Joey White securing an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles, it came down to a tiebreaker to determine the outcome of doubles. Alden and Swank prevailed with a 7-4 tiebreaker victory to get the Hawkeyes started.
In singles action it was another slate of straight sets victories for Iowa. At the No. 1 spot, Dierckx faced-off against a familiar face in Billy Paluch. The two met last fall at the ITA Regional tournament, with Dierckx prevailing 6-3, 6-4. This time around, Dierckx took care of business again, winning 6-0, 6-2.Estenssoro cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles, while Dominic Patrick continued his winning ways, downing Harrison Lang, 6-1, 6-2.
Iowa returns to action next Friday, March 7, hosting Bradley in nonconference action. First serve is set for 3 p.m. (CT) inside the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.
Iowa 7, North Dakota 0
1. Alden/Swank (Iowa) def. McGuigan/Orberle (UND): 8-4
2. Hagan/Tomlins (Iowa) def. Britton/Bergstrom (UND): 8-3
3. J. Estenssoro/Hallestrand (Iowa) def. UND: default
1. Juan Estenssoro (Iowa) def. Ryan McGuigan (UND): 6-1, 6-0
2. Jonas Dierckx (Iowa) def. Connor Oberle (UND): 6-0, 6-0
3. Matt Hagan (Iowa) def. Dustin Britton (UND): 6-3, 6-1
4. Dominic Patrick (Iowa) def. David Bergstrom (UND): 6-1, 6-2
5. Nils Hallestrand (Iowa) def. Jared Vigen (UND): 6-0, 6-0
6. Michael Swank (Iowa) def. UND: default
Iowa 7, Creighton 0
1. Alden/Swank (Iowa) def. Paluch/Norman (CU): 8-7 (7-4)
2. Baker/Nysted def. Dierckx/J. Estenssoro (Iowa): 8-4
3. Hagan/White (Iowa) def. Lagn/Thompson (CU): 8-5
1. Jonas Dierckx (Iowa) def. Billy Paluch (CU): 6-0, 6-2
2. Brian Alden (Iowa) def. Elliot Baker (CU): 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Juan Estenssoro (Iowa) def. Jake Norman (CU): 6-1, 6-1
4. Dominic Patrick (Iowa) def. Harrison Lang (CU): 6-1, 6-2
5. Matt Hagan (Iowa) def. Quinn Dippel (CU): 6-3, 6-2
6. Michael Swank (Iowa) def. Aaron Chalstrom (CU): 6-0, 6-1