Hawkeyes Fall to No. 62 Gophers

March 27, 2016


IOWA CITY, IA — The University of Iowa women’s tennis team fell to No. 62 University of Minnesota, 3-4, during Sunday’s match at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

“There’s no getting around the fact that we’ve lost four straight 4-3 matches in the Big Ten,” said UI head coach Katie Dougherty. “The team is battling and doing everything they can — it’s a thin line and we have to capitalize on more no-ad points and with the close sets.”

The Hawkeyes were unable to clinch the doubles point from the Gophers. Anastasia Reimchen and Zoe Douglas brought the only doubles win for the Hawkeyes, defeating Paula Rincon-Otero and Annemarie Emme of Minnesota, 6-4.

Aimee Tarun and Adorabol Huckleby fell, 7-5, in a close doubles match against Caroline Ryba and Julia Courter.

Freshmen Kristen Thoms and Taylor Tamblyn were defeated by the doubles combination of Mehvish Safdar and Caitlyn Merzbacher, 6-3. Minnesota led the Hawkeyes, 1-0, heading into singles play.

“We did a much better job this weekend in doubles, putting ourselves in a position to get the doubles point and came up just short,” said Dougherty. “We’re progressing, we’re getting better every week and I believe we’re going to bounce back in a big way.”

Zoe Douglas brought Iowa’s first singles win of the day, defeating Paula Rincon-Otero, 6-3, 6-4 on court No. 2. Douglas had a perfect weekend in singles and doubles, winning both matches on Friday against Wisconsin as well. Aimee Tarun followed suit, defeating Camila Vargas Gomez, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4, in three sets.

Zoe Douglas stepped up in a big way this weekend, going 4-0 in a tough spot at No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles,” said Dougherty.


Anastasia Reimchen fell, 6-2, 6-4, to Caroline Ryba of Minnesota at the No. 1 singles spot. Jessika Mozia defeated Annette Dohanics, 7-6, 6-4. Annemarie Emme of the Gophers defeated Adorabol Huckleby on court No. 5.

Kristen Thoms fought back to defeat Julia Courter of Minnesota, 6-4, 6-7, 10-6 in three sets to finish off the match.

Kristen Thoms has done a great job these past couple weeks as well,” said Dougherty. “She is coming into her own as a freshman. We get back to work Tuesday and compete again Wednesday.”

The Hawkeyes return to action this Wednesday on the road to Drake University, match begins at 3 p.m. (CT) in Des Moines, Iowa at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center.

IOWA 3, Minnesota 4
1. Caroline Ryba (MINN) def. Anastasia Reimchen (IOWA), 6-2, 6-4
2. Zoe Douglas (IOWA) def. Paula Rincon-Otero (MINN), 6-3, 6-4
3. Kristen Thoms (IOWA) def. Julia Courter (MINN), 6-4, 6-7, 10-6
4. Jessika Mozia (MINN) def. Annette Dohanics (IOWA), 7-6, 6-4
5. Annemarie Emme (MINN) def. Adorabol Huckleby (IOWA), 6-2, 6-1
6. Aimee Tarun (IOWA) def. Camila Vargas Gomez (MINN), 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
Order of Finish (5, 1, 2, 6, 4, 3)

1. Douglas/Reimchen (IOWA) def. Rincon-Otero/Emme (MINN), 6-4
2. Ryba/Courter (MINN) def. Huckleby/Tarun (IOWA), 7-5
3. Safdar/Merzbacher (MINN) def. Thoms/Tamblyn (IOWA), 6-3
Order of Finish (3, 1, 2)

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