IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s tennis team fell to No. 10 Ohio State on Sunday inside Hawkeye Recreation and Tennis Complex. The Hawkeyes are now 6-2 in the Big Ten Conference.
Iowa battled but fell short in doubles. Ohio State’s Isabelle Boulais and Kolie Allen defeated Iowa’s Alexa Noel and Samantha Mannix, 6-0, at the No. 1 spot. Elise van Heuvelen and Samantha Gillas defeated Lisa Hofbauer and Lucia Marzel, 6-4, at the No. 2 spot to tie the doubles point, but Ohio State won the rubber match at No. 3. Vipasha Mehra and Danielle Bauers battled against Irina Cantos and Luna Dormet but fell, 6-4, to give Ohio State the doubles point.
Iowa opened singles with the first win at the No. 2 spot. Elise van Heuvelen won in straight sets, her fifth win in a row, defeating Isabelle Boulais, 6-0, 6-2.
Ohio State went on a three-game win streak to clinch the match at the No. 4, No.5 and No. 6 spots. Samantha Gillas fell to Lisa Hofbauer, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 4 spot. Michelle Bacalla battled back in the second set, but fell to Lucia Marzal, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 5 spot. Luna Dormet clinched the match victory after defeating Vipasha Mehra, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 6 spot. Samantha Mannix also fell at the No. 3 spot to Kolie Allen, 6-3, 6-3.
No. 97 Alexa Noel defeated No. 78 Irina Cantos at the No. 1 spot, 6-2, 6-2. The freshman started the first set down by two but regrouped and won the next six in a row. Noel is now 13-0 in singles.
“When you are playing a good team, you just have to dig in on a couple of matches. You may have lost the first set or not be up early, that is the next step for us. Continue to play tennis. I wish we could have done better today.”
“Building from these experiences, the lost to Northwestern and Ohio State, that is the next place for us to grow. You hope the more chances you get at these opportunities you hope to learn and to grow. We need to just dig in at more single matches at all positions. Especially in situations when we don’t have the lead. The ability to turn matches is a key characteristic when playing good teams.”
The Hawkeyes play on the road next week at Illinois on March 13 at 11 a.m. (CT) inside Atkins Tennis Center. Iowa turns around to face Northwestern on March 14 inside Combe Tennis Center. Action is set to start at 12 P.M. (CT). Live stats and video can be found on Illinois and Northwestern schedule page.
Iowa 2, No. 10 Ohio State 5
March 7, 2021 | 11 a.m. | Iowa City, Iowa | Hawkeye Recreation Tennis Complex
- #97 Alexa Noel (IA) def. #78 Irina Cantos Siemers (OSU): 6-2, 6-2
- Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell (IA) def. Isabelle Boulais (OSU): 6-0, 6-2
- Kolie Allen (OSU) def. Samantha Mannix (IA): 6-3, 6-3
- Lisa Hofbauer (OSU) def. Samantha Gillas (IA): 6-1, 6-2
- Lucia Marzal (OSU) def. Michelle Bacalla (IA): 6-1, 6-4
- Luna Dormet (OSU) def. Vipasha Mehra (IA): 6-1, 6-2
- Boulais/Allen (OSU) def. Noel/Mannix (IA): 6-0
- Van Heuvelen /Gillas (IA) def. Hofbauer/Marzal (OSU): 6-4
- Dormet/Canots Siemers (OSU) def. Bauers/Mehra (IA): 6-4
Order of Finish: Doubles: (1,2,3); Singles: (2,5,4,6,1,3)