MIAMI, Florida – The University of Iowa women’s tennis team beat South Florida in doubles before falling to Florida International in singles.
In doubles the Hawkeyes were victorious at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions against USF. At the No. 1 spot senior Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell and sophomore Michelle Bacalla defeated Laura Pellicer Perello and Grace Eland, 6-4. In the No. 2 spot juniors Danielle Bauers and Ashleigh Jacobs defeated Evelyne Tiron and Selin Yayali, 6-3. In the No. 3 spot junior Danielle Burich and freshman Erika Dodridge lost to Lucia Garrigues-Melendez and Margriet Timmermans, 7-6 (9).
In singles action the Hawkeyes lost all six matches to FIU. Van Heuevelen Treadwell competing in the No. 1 position lost in three sets to Kamila Umarova: 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. In the No. 2 position Bacalla fell to Marina Alcaide, 6-1, 7-5. At the No. 3 slot Burich fell to Basak Akbas, 6-1, 6-0. At the No. 4 spot Sandra Bozinovic defeated Jacobs, 6-0, 6-3. In the No. 5 spot Kristina Miletic beat Bauers, 6-4, 6-3. At the No. 6 slot Dodridge was defeated by Francisca Vergara, 6-4, 6-3.
QUOTING SASHA SCHMID
“We are getting exactly what we need here in Miami with high level competitive matches. I thought our court positioning and overall fundamentals were better in doubles this morning. I’m pleased with our doubles play as a team and in singles this afternoon we were tested against a tough group of FIU players. We need to keep improving our shot tolerance against strong players. Although she fell short of a win Michelle Bacalla really played well today, and I am very proud of her progress.”
Iowa returns to action at the FIU Invitational tomorrow at 8 a.m. (CT). They will face Missouri in doubles and USF in singles.
Iowa 6, South Florida 1
1: Umarova def. van Heuvelen Treadwell: 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
2: Alcaide def. Bacalla, 6-1, 7-5
3: Akbas def. Burich, 6-1, 6-0
4: Bozinovic def. Jacobs, 6-0, 6-3
5: Miletic def. Bauers, 6-4, 6-2
6: Vergara def. Dodridge, 6-4, 6-3
1: van Heuvelen Treadwell/Bacalla def. Perello/Eland, 6-4
2: Bauers/Jacobs def. Tiron/Yayali, 6-3
3: Melendez/Timmermans def. Burich/Dodridge, 7-6 (9)