Feb. 20, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s tennis team fell to the No. 33 Oklahoma Sooners at home on Friday afternoon. The Hawkeyes hold a 3-1 home record for the spring season and a 4-2 record overall.
“I really like how we looked in doubles, we came out strong and we had some great opportunities there,” said UI head coach Katie Dougherty. “That’s the best tennis we’ve played. Maybe not the best result had all season, but I’m really pleased with how we competed.”
Freshman Anastasia Reimchen teamed up with senior Shelby Talcott at the No. 1 doubles position to kick off the dual. The duo collected Iowa’s lone doubles victory of the afternoon, beating out Oklahoma’s Morgan Chumney and Emma Devine, 6-4.
Morven McCulloch and Anastasia Reimchen, another freshman and senior team, settled into the No. 2 doubles slot. This was the first time the two have played together during the fall schedule and the pair ultimately fell to Lily Miyazaki and Simran Sethi, 6-3.
At the No. 3 doubles position, senior Katie Zordani and junior Annette Dohanics fought hard tying the match at 2s and 3s, but Oklahoma’s Zita Engbroks and Christiana Brigante had a late run and took the match, 6-4.
Oklahoma gathered a 1-0 lead heading into singles play, but the Hawkeyes weren’t done fighting.
Talcott battled at the No. 1 singles position against Oklahoma’s Lily Miyazaki, but was overcome 6-3, 6-1. Talcott currently holds a 5-1 singles record playing at No. 1.
Fellow seniors Zordani and Ellen Silver played at the No. 4 and No. 5 positions, respectively, and both fell 6-4 during their first sets. Zordani struggled to come back during the second set, being overcome by Oklahoma’s Abbi Melrose, 6-1. Silver battled again in her second set, ultimately falling 6-3 to Zita Engbroks.
Reimchen, Douglas, and McCulloch all forced third sets in their No. 3, No. 6, and No. 2 position matches. Reimchen took on Morgan Chumney and after a 1-6 loss in the first set, the freshman fought her way back for a 6-4 second set victory. The third set was scored at 4-3 in Oklahoma’s favor when the match was abandoned.
Douglas mirrored her teammate, forcing a third set with a 6-3 win during the second set. Douglas was outplayed in the first set 4-6 and was trailing to Oklahoma’s Christiana Brigante, 1-0 when the match was abandoned.
“Purdue is a really good team,” Dougherty noted of Iowa’s next opponent. “I think we have momentum going into it, the results may not say it, but we’re starting to play really good tennis and there are a lot of good things to take from this match and to improve on.”
The Hawkeyes return to action on Saturday, Feb. 28 as they host the Purdue Boilermakers in their first conference dual of the season. Competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.
1. Lily Miyazaki (OU) def. Shelby Talcott (IA), 6-3, 6-1
2. Morven McCulloch (IA) led Simran Sethi (OU), 6-0, 6-6 (1-1) Abd.
3. Anastasia Reimchen (IA) led Morgan Chumney (OU), 1-6, 6-4, 4-3 Abd.
4. Abbi Melrose (OU) def. Katie Zordani (IA), 6-4, 6-1
5. Zita Engbroks (OU) def. Ellen Silver (IA), 6-4, 6-3
6. Zoe Douglas (IA) led Christiana Brigante (OU), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 Abd.
(Order of finish: 1, 4, 5)
1. Reimchen/Talcott (IA) def. Chumney/Devine (OU), 6-4
2. Miyazaki/Sethi (OU) def. McCulloch/Douglas (IA), 6-3
3. Engbroks/Brigante (OU) def. Zordani/Dohanics (IA), 6-4
(Order of finish: 3, 1, 2)