IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s tennis team won its ninth straight home opener Friday, defeating Xavier, 7-0, at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.
The Hawkeyes started strong by winning the doubles point. The freshman duo of Samantha Mannix and Sophie Clark were victorious in their No. 1 doubles match against Sophia Abelson and Anna Letto, 7-5. The upperclassmen tandem of Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell and Adorabol Huckleby defeated the team of Kaitlin Ruether and Hunter Roper, 6-2. Ashleigh Jacobs and Cloe Ruette dropped their match to Emily Thomas and Ahmeir Kyle of Xavier, 6-3.
The Hawkeyes continued their success with a clean sweep in singles competition.
Senior Adorabol Huckleby started the singles matches off strong with straight-set win over Anna Letto, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 5 position. Cloe Ruette picked up a win against Hunter Roper, 6-2, 6-4, at the No. 6 spot. Ashleigh Jacobs stormed back in her singles match to defeat Rachael Reichenbach, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3, clinching the fourth point for Iowa. Clark added a win to the Hawkeye win total by defeating Emily Thomas, 6-4, 7-6 (9), at No. 4. Samantha Mannix completed a comeback of her own in a win over Ahmeir Kyle, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, a the No. 1 spot. Elise van Heuvelen finished the day with a win for Iowa in a three-set thriller over Sophia Abelson, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, at No. 2.
“I saw a lot of fight and a lot of spirit from team. That is what we look for at the beginning of matches and especially to start this season,” said senior Adorabol Huckleby. “I’m looking forward to showing that fight in future matches.”
QUOTING HEAD COACH SASHA SCHMID
“It was a great, difficult, and hard fought match. Xavier is a really good team and I think this was a big test for us right out of the gate. My goal going into today is that we would compete hard. I felt we were pushed and it forced us to be great competitors. Across the board it’s a positive for everyone to pick up a win in their singles match and getting the doubles point as well.”
The Hawkeyes return to action at home Sunday versus the University of North Texas. Match play is set to begin at 10 a.m. (CT). Admission is free to the public.
Iowa 7, Xavier 0
Jan. 18, 2019 | 5 p.m. | Iowa City, Iowa | HTRC
1. Samantha Mannix def. Ahmeir Kyle: 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell def. Sophie Abelson: 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
3. Ashleigh Jacobs def. Rachael Reichenbach: 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
4. Sophie Clark def. Emily Thomas: 6-4, 7-6 (9)
5. Adorabol Huckleby def. Anna Letto: 6-1, 6-1
6. Cloe Ruette def. Hunter Roper: 6-2, 6-4
1. Mannix/Clark def. Abelson/Letto: 7-5
2. Thomas/Kyle def. Jacobs/Ruette: 6-3
3. van Heuvelen Treadwell/Huckleby def. Ruether/Manion: 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5, 6, 3, 4, 1, 2)