MADISON, Wisconsin — The University of Iowa women’s tennis team fell to No. 13 Ohio State, 4-2, in the Big Ten semifinals on Saturday afternoon.

The Buckeyes, who are seeded No. 1 in the tournament, captured the doubles point. Elise van Heuvelen and Samantha Gillas fell to Ohio State’s Lucia Marzal and Lisa Hofbauer, 6-1, at the No. 2 spot. Danielle Bauers and Vipasha Mehra fell to No. 85 Luna Dormet and Irina Cantos Siemers, 6-2, at the No. 3 spot to capture the doubles point.

Ohio State kept their win streak alive winning the momentum in singles winning the first two matches. Lucia Marzal defeated Iowa’s Michelle Bacalla, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 5 spot. Shortly after, Vipasha Mehra fell to Luna Dormet, 6-0, 6-3, at the No. 6 spot.

No. 18 Alexa Noel continued her undefeated season at the No. 1 spot, defeating No.15 Irina Cantos Siemers, 6-1, 6-2. The freshman is now 23-0, winning 21 of 23 matches in straight sets.

Samantha Mannix pulled Iowa within one with a straight set against Kolie Allen in a close battle 6-3, 7-6 (7-2), at the No. 3 spot.

No. 114 Elise van Heuvelen won her first set, but fell to Isabelle Boulais,1-6, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 2 spot to give the Buckeyes the semifinal victory.


“This was a huge heartbreaker. I think the team put themselves in a position to get four points today and unfortunately we didn’t get to the finish line in a couple of spots. I think we definitely had some opportunities and so now you wait to see if our name comes up on the screen Monday evening. I hope our team gets the opportunity to play more and that our team is elected for the NCAA tournament. We will learn our fate on Monday evening.”