Jan. 18, 2016
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Iowa City, Iowa — The 71st-ranked University of Iowa men’s tennis started their season strong with a unanimous 7-0 victory over No. 70 Utah State (1-2) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. After juniors Robin Haden and Nils Hallestrand served up the first Aggie defeat as a doubles pair to start the match the Hawkeye squad never looked back.
In doubles, Haden and Hallestrand took down Jonas Maier and Jack Swindells, 6-3, in the No. 3 slot. Haden followed his doubles victory by nabbing the first singles win of the day for the Hawkeyes. He defeated Sam Serrano, 6-4, 6-2.
Today was not the first time Haden/Hallestrand have played together. Before college, the two competed and trained together in their home country of Sweden.
“It was great. We played a lot together when we were around 14, so it was really fun to play with him again,” said Haden.
Haden’s individual win today was not only the first Hawkeye singles victory this season, but also his first regular season win as a Hawkeye.
“As we got going I was so pumped up and just had so much fun. I’ve really been looking forward to this season.”
Iowa’s No. 2 doubles pair of senior Dominic Patrick and sophomore Josh Silverstein also played a big role in starting the team off strong today. The duo finished off Sam Serrano and Jaime Barajas, 6-4.
In singles action, Theodorou played in the No. 2 spot and added his win to the Iowa scoreboard, defeating Maier in two sets, 6-3, 7-5.
Freshman Jonas Larsen clinched the Iowa victory with his first regular season win as a Hawkeye. Larsen beat Lopez, 6-2, 6-4.
Jacoby and Silverstein finished their matches four and five to add to Iowa’s success. Jacoby defeated Romani Ugarte, 6-3, 6-3. Silverstein wrapped up his match with a, 6-3, 7-5, win over Swindells.
Patrick was the final Hawkeye to step off the court today. His match against Barajas was decided in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. Patrick’s match was icing on the cake for the Hawkeyes as he helped the team shut-out the Aggies in a 7-0 decision.
“I was very happy with the way we came out on all three doubles courts and six singles courts. We had good starts and controlled the matches and every opportunity. We played very well today,” said head coach Ross Wilson.
Iowa will travel to Flushing, New York to face Princeton on Jan., 30 in the first match of the Big Ten/Ivy League Challenge.
No. 71 Iowa 7, No. 70 Utah State 0
1. Dominic Patrick (IOWA) def. Jaime Barajas (USU): 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) def. Jonas Maier (USU): 6-3, 7-5
3. Josh Silverstein (IOWA) def. Jack Swindells (USU): 6-2, 7-5
4. Robin Haden (IOWA) def. Samuel Serrano (USU): 6-4, 6-2
5. Jake Jacoby (IOWA) def. Romai Ugarte (USU): 6-3, 6-3
6. Jonas Larsen (IOWA) def. Luis Lopez (USU): 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish: 4,2,6,5,3,1,
1. Jake Jacoby/Lefteris Theodorou (IOWA) vs. Luis Lopez/Andrew Nakajima (USU): unfinished
2. Dominic Patrick/Josh Silverstein (IOWA) def. Jaime Barajas/Samuel Serrano (USU): 6-4
3. Robin Haden/Nils Hallestrand (IOWA) def. Jonas Maier/Jack Swindells (USU): 6-3
Order of finish: 2,3