March 8, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Driven forward for the second straight match by a composed doubles outing and a comeback at No. 4 singles, the University of Iowa women’s tennis team (6-4) registered a 4-1 win Sunday over Big 12 opponent Kansas State. The Hawkeyes now ride a two match winning streak.
“This was a hard fought battle. The team competed really well and I am proud of the effort,” said UI head coach Katie Dougherty. “We finished well today and had an all-around great showing.”
With the match 3-1 in favor of the Hawkeyes, Annette Dohanics squared off against Kansas State’s Livia Cirnu at the No. 4 singles position. Dohanics quickly jumped ahead of Cirnu winning the first set 6-2. Cirnu came roaring back with a second set victory 6-2. Facing a 3-1 deficit in the third set, Dohanics managed to pull out a 6-4 win, securing the match for Iowa 4-1 in comeback fashion.
“Match clinching performances are something that Annette has become known for. She’s done it a lot in the past and this is her first big clinch of the year. In the heat of the battle she’s a great competitor,” noted Dougherty on the Dohanics performance.
Playing in the No. 2 doubles position senior Morven McCulloch and junior Dohanics secured the first victory for Iowa with a 6-1 sweep of Kansas State’s Iva Bago and Tegan Louw. Shelby Talcott and Anastasia Reimchen looked to earn another win for the Hawkeyes, but were outlasted by Carolina Costamagna/Palma Juhasz 6-3.
At No. 3 doubles with the match split at 4-4 between senior Katie Zordani and freshman Zoe Douglas and Kansas State’s Maria Panaite/Livia Cirnu it became a winner take all event for the doubles point. The Hawkeye duo tallied a 6-4 victory giving Iowa the doubles point and a 1-0 lead.
In the singles portion, Reimchen tallied a win in straight sets defeating Bago (6-1, 6-0). At the No. 6 position Ellen Silver kept the winning trend going as she delivered with a (6-1, 6-2) victory over Louw, giving the Hawkeyes a 3-0 lead. McCulloch set her sights on a match clinching victory at the No. 2 position. However, Kansas State’s Juhasz had other plans defeating the senior in three sets.
Leading 4-3 in the second set, Zordani’s match with Panaite was abandoned due to the Hawkeyes clinching the match. The match between Talcott and Costamanga was also abandoned in the second set.
Up next for Iowa is a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan for a clash with Big Ten rival Michigan on Friday March 13 at 3:30 p.m. (CT).
Iowa 4, Kansas State 1
1. Shelby Talcott (UI) v.s. Carolina Costamagna (KSU): 6-7, 5-3 abandoned
2. Palma Juhasz (KSU) def. Morven McCulloch (UI): 6-3, 0-6, 6-1
3. Anastasia Reimchen (UI) def. Iva Bago (KSU): 6-1, 6-0
4. Annette Dohanics (UI) def. Livia Cirnu (KSU): 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
5. Katie Zordani (UI) v.s. Maria Panaite (KSU): 7-6, 4-3 abandoned
6. Ellen Silver (UI) def. Tegan Louw (KSU): 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3,6,2,4
1. Costamagna/Juhasz (KSU) def. Talcott/Reimchen (UI): 6-3
2. McCulloch/Dohanics (UI) def. Bago/Cirnu (KSU): 6-1
3. Zordani/Douglas (UI) def. Panaite/Lovw (KSU): 6-4
Order of Finish: 2,1,3