MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Iowa women’s tennis team, ranked No. 60 nationally, was defeated, 6-1, by No. 12 Wisconsin in a nonconference match on Saturday at the Baseline Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
The Hawkeyes dropped the doubles point with losses on courts one and three. Vipasha Mehra/Daianne Hayashida battled hard on court one but lost to Ava Markham/Maria Sholokhova (6-4). On court three, Barbora Pokorna/Pia Kranholdt fell to Charmaine Seah/Taylor Cataldi (6-2).
The Hawkeyes dropped their singles matches on all courts except court four. Each match was completed after the second set, except for Pokorna on court four, taking her match to the third set and notching win over Taylor Cataldi (1-6, 6-3, 6-4).
Mehra took her match on court three to a tiebreaker against her opponent in the second set, but fell to Alina Mukhortova. On court one, Schmidt also had a close match against No. 62 Ava Markham. The Hawkeye freshman brought the match close in the second set trailing by just a point, but ultimately lost (6-2, 7-5).
Mehra lost her match on court two to Alina Mukhortova (6-0, 6-3). On court five, Hayashida battled hard, but fell to No. 103 Xinyu Cai (6-3, 6-2). Kranholdt was defeated by Charmaine Seah (6-4, 6-3) at No. 6.
The Hawkeyes will continue action on Sunday, staying in Minneapolis, against No. 60 Minnesota in their Big Ten opener. The match will start at 11 a.m. at the Baseline Tennis Center.
Wisconsin 6, Iowa 1
1. #62 Ava Markham (UW) def. Marisa Schmidt (UI): 6-2, 7-5
2. #88 Maria Sholokhova (UW) def. Samantha Mannix (UI): 6-0, 6-3
3. Alina Mukhortova (UW) def. Vipasha Mehra (UI): 6-4, 7-6
4. Barbora Pokorna (UI) def. Taylor Cataldi (UW): 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. #103 Xinyu Cai (UW) def. Daianne Hayashida (UI): 6-3, 6-2
6. Charmaine Seah (UW) def. Pia Kranholdt (UI): 6-4, 6-3
1. Markham/Sholokhova (UW) def. Mehra/Hayashida (UI): 6-4
2. Cai/Mukhortova (UW) vs. Mannix/Schmidt (UI): 5-3, unfinished
3. Seah/Cataldi (UW) def. Pokorna/Kranholdt (UI): 6-2
Order of Finish: Singles (2,5,6,3,1,4); Doubles (3,1)