Hawkeyes Fall In Big Ten Quarterfinals

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — The 45th-ranked University of Iowa women’s tennis team lost to No. 36 Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Championships Friday evening at the Schwartz Tennis Center.

Iowa (13-10) won the doubles point for the 11th time this season, recording wins on courts one and two. Samantha Mannix/Marisa Schmidt defeated Casati/Heuser (7-5) on court one while Vipasha Mehra/Anya Lamoreaux beat Frazier/Yeah (6-2) on court two. Barbora Pokorna/Pia Kranhodlt were leading 6-5 on court three when their match was abandoned once the point was won.

Illinois (18-8) scored the first three points in singles, before the Hawkeyes posted their first singles victory. Schmidt fell on court two (6-1, 6-4), Lamoreaux lost on court six (6-4, 6-2) and Mehra was defeated on court four (6-0, 7-5). Kranholdt was victorious on court five (6-4, 7-6), but the Fighting Illini clinched the match when Mannix lost in three sets on court one (2-6, 6-3, 6-3).

Friday was the 13th time in its last 16 matches that Iowa faced a ranked opponent.

“This was a disappointing, hard-fought loss that really hurts. Our team gave it their all and I am proud of how far we have come. We have a lot to be proud of, especially in terms of how much we improved from January until now.

“We will accept a bid to play in the NIT. We look forward to continuing in that postseason experience. We will travel home, regroup, get healthy and prepare to play more tennis in May.”

#36 Illinois 4, #45 Iowa 2

1. #91 Ashley Yeah (IU) def. Samantha Mannix (UI): 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
2. Megan Heuser (ILL) def. Marisa Schmidt (UI): 6-1, 6-4
3. Josie Frazier (ILL) vs. Barbora Pokorna (UI): 6-3, 5-4, unfinished
4. Kasie Treiber (ILL) def. Vipasha Mehra (UI): 6-0, 7-5
5. Pia Kranholdt (UI) def. Violeta Martinez (ILL): 6-4, 7-6(3)
6. Kida Ferrari (ILL) def. Anya Lamoreaux (UI): 6-4, 6-2

1. Mannix/Schmidt (UI) def. Casati/Heuser (ILL): 7-5
2. Mehra/Lamoreaux (UI) def. Frazier/Yeah (ILL): 6-2
3. Martinez/Ferrari (ILL) vs. Pokorna/Kranholdt (UI): 6-5, unfinished

Order of Finish: Singles (2,6,4,5,1); Doubles (2,1)