IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa women’s tennis team rallied late to upset No. 50 Kansas State on Sunday afternoon at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, 4-3.
Iowa dropped the doubles point and trailed 3-1 before winning the final three singles matches and earning its first win over a ranked opponent since, 2014.
Kansas State started things off by winning the double point. Margot Decker Anna Turco def. Danielle Bauers and Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell, 6-4. Danielle Burich and Samantha Mannix defeated Ioana Gheorghita and Ines Mesquita, 6-1. To clinch the doubles, point Maria Linares and Anna Turco defeated Michelle Bacalla and Ashleigh Jacobs 6-4.
Van Heuvelen Treadwell tied things up for the Hawkeyes defeating Linares in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 1 position. Karine-Marion Job beat Jacobs, 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 4 spot, and Rosanna Maffei defeated Bauers 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 to put the Wildcats up, 3-1.
Iowa then rallied with three straight wins at No. 3, No. 6, and No. 2. Bacalla beat Decker 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 to get the momentum flowing for the Hawkeyes. Burich followed with a win against Mesquita 6-2, 2-6, 7-5. With the score even at 3-3 Mannix had to break serve twice in the final set before defeating Turco 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 to win the match for the Hawkeyes.
Quoting Head Coach Sasha Schmid
“To be able to play such a good opponent as K-State and to be able to get over the hump means a lot. Just for where we were as a team, we were hungry for that, and really needed that at this time. I think there was fight on all the courts today. I was really happy with the complete team effort. I really felt like they were going to have to win that match, going to have to step up and win it. To do that you have to be really courageous and I thought they did that really well. I think the mindset is you have got to take it, you have to step up and take it and not wait for someone to give it to you. I thought that was really what we were able to do today, and that was the difference.”
The Hawkeyes face Iowa State on Friday, Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. (CT) in Des Moines, Iowa and Northern Iowa on Saturday, Feb 29 at 4 p.m. (CT) in Iowa City, Iowa.
Iowa 4, Kansas State 3
Feb. 23, 2020 | 12 p.m. | Iowa City, Iowa| Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.
1: Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell (UI) def. Maria Linares (KSU): 6-3, 6-0
2: Samantha Mannix (UI) def. Anna Turco (KSU): 7-6, 3-6, 7-6
3: Michelle Bacalla (UI) def. Margot Decker (KSU): 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
4: Karine-Marion Job (KSU) def. Ashleigh Jacobs (UI): 6-2, 7-5
5: Rosanna Maffei (KSU) def. Danielle Bauers (UI): 6-2, 6-3
6: Danielle Burich (UI) def. Ines Mesquita (KSU): 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
1: Linares/Turco (KSU) def. Bacalla/Jacobs (UI): 6-4
2: Decker/Turco (KSU) def. Bauers/van Heuvelen Treadwell (UI): 6-4
3: Burich/Mannix (UI) def. Gheorghita/Mesquita (KSU): 6-1
Order of Finish: Doubles (3, 2, 1); Singles (1,4,5,3,6,2)
Kansas State: 6-4