Hawkeyes Down Cyclones, 5-2; Clinch Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series

URBANDALE, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s tennis team won its third straight match, downing Iowa State, 5-2, in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup on Friday night at Life Time Fitness.

The victory clinches an Iowa win in the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series, giving Iowa a 13-8 lead with two sports remaining – women’s gymnastics and softball.

The Hawkeyes jumped out to a 1-0 lead by winning the doubles point with a win on court two and a forfeit at No. 3.

Iowa State’s Anna Kuearum and Isabella Dunlap secured a 6-4 victory on court one over senior Vipasha Mehra and freshman Jessica Matthews before Iowa battled back to earn the point. Junior Barbora Pokorna and Pia Kranholdt posted a 7-5 victory over Ashlee Narker and Valeska San Martin.

In singles, Iowa notched victories at Nos. 2, 3 and 4 to go along with a forfeit win at No. 6.

Pokorna started it off with a straight set win over Narker, 6-2, 7-5. Kranholdt followed on court four, winning 7-5, 6-4 and Marisa Schmidt notched the fifth point via a 10-point tiebreaker, defeating Dunlap, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3).

The Cyclones earned points with wins on No. 1 and 5.

“I am proud of the team today. It was a hard-fought match, it’s always difficult to play Iowa State, especially on the road. We dug and fought hard, and we are excited to take some confidence into the match on Sunday against a good Drake team.”

The Hawkeyes will return to Iowa City on Sunday, hosting Drake at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex a noon (CT).


Iowa 5, Iowa State 2

No. 1 – Anna Kuearum (ISU) def. #85 Daianne Hayashida (UI), 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 – Marisa Schmidt (UI) def. Isabella Dunlap (ISU), 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (10-3)
No. 3 – Barbora Pokorna (UI) def. Ashlee Narker (ISU), 6-2, 7-5
No. 4 – Pia Kranholdt (UI) def. Gala Arangio (ISU), 7-5, 6-4
No. 5 – Valeska San Martin (ISU) def. Vipasha Mehra (UI), 7-6 (11-9), 3-6, 1-0 (10-7)
No. 6 – Jessica Matthews (UI) def. Unknown (ISU), Forfeit

No. 1 – Anna Kuearum/Isabella Dunlap (ISU) def. Vipasha Mehra/Jessica Matthews (UI), 6-4
No. 2 – Barbora Pokorna/Pia Kranholdt (UI) def. Ashlee Narker/Valeska San Martin (ISU), 7-5
No. 3 – Daianne Hayashida/Marisa Schmidt (UI) def. Unknown (ISU), Forfeit

Order of Finish: Singles (6,1,3,4,2), Doubles (3,1,2,4)