Hawkeyes Beat Utah, SIU

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s tennis team capped off its early nonconference portion of its schedule with a pair of 4-3 wins on Friday over Utah and Southern Illinois (SIU) inside the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. The two wins improved Iowa’s overall record to 8-3. Utah falls to 10-2 and SIU drops to 7-2.
Iowa picked up the doubles point in both matches. The doubles squad of senior Robin Haden and junior Jake Jacoby won both of their matches, with the second decided by a tiebreak over SIU’s Wilder Pimentel and Param Pun.
In singles, sophomore Jonas Larsen improved to an 8-2 record heading into Sunday’s Big Ten opener against Wisconsin. Larsen saw a three set win in the afternoon and a 6-0, 6-2, victory over Daniel Martinez in the nightcap.
“Throughout this season Jonas’s game has made a big improvement,” said UI head coach Ross Wilson, “The way he handles himself out on the court, he doesn’t press the panic button too early.”
Redshirt freshman Kareem Allaf had both wins decided by tiebreaks to make his season record in the three spot, 7-2. The Native of Dubai, UAE, is 8-3 in his rookie season.
Jacoby and junior Josh Silverstein picked up singles wins today as well. Silverstein’s 6-4, 6-2 triumph came against Utah’s Dan Little at No. 2. Jacoby took down Param Pun of SIU, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6.
The Hawkeyes, who have won three straight matches, open Big Ten play at home on Sunday against Wisconsin at noon (CT). Admission is free to the public. The match will be broadcast by Hawkvision on hawkeyesports.com.
1. David Micevski (UTAH) def. Lefteris Theodorou (UI): 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
2. Josh Silverstein (UI) def. Dan Little (UTAH): 6-4, 6-2
3. Kareem Allaf (UI) v. Parker McGuiness (UTAH): 6-4, 7-6(3)
4. Santiago Sierra (UTAH) def. Robin Haden (UI): 6-2, 6-4
5. Jonas Larsen (UI) v. Joe Wooley (UTAH): 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
6. Slava Shainyan (UTAH) def. Jake Jacoby (UI): 6-7(6), 6-2, 3-2(7)
Order of Finish: 2, 4, 3, 5, 1, 6
1. Little/Wooley (UTAH) def. Theodorou/Silverstein (UI): 6-3
2. Larsen/Allaf (UI) def. Weverink/Micevski (UTAH): 6-2
3. Jacoby/Haden (UI) def. Sierra/Shainyan (UTAH): 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1. No. 121 Piotr Baranski (SIU) def. Josh Silverstein (U): 6-1, 6-2
2. Wilder Pimentel (SIU) def. Lefteris Theodorou (UI): 6-3, 6-1
3. Kareem Allaf (UI) v. Michal Kianicka (SIU): 6-1, 7-6(2)
4. Alex Pozo (SIU) def. Robin Haden (UI): 6-4, 7-6(8)
5. Jonas Larsen (UI) v. Daniel Martinez (SIU): 6-0, 6-2
6. Jake Jacoby (UI) v. Param Pun (SIU): 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 6, 2, 3, 4
1. Theodorou/Silverstein (UI) v. Kianicka/Martinez (SIU): 6-4
2. No. 58 Baranski/Pozo (SIU) def. Larsen/Allaf (UI): 7-6(4)
3. Jacoby/Haden (UI) v. Pimentel/Pun (SIU): 7-6(3)
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2