Hawkeyes Defeat Drake, 6-1; Complete Weekend Sweep

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa women’s tennis team finished the weekend with a 6-1 victory over Drake on Sunday at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreational Complex, running the team’s winning streak to four straight victories.

Due to lack of players, only two doubles matches were played, making each match worth one point. The Hawkeyes secured both match points, earning a 2-0 lead after doubles. Junior Marisa Schmidt and sophomore Daianne Hayashida picked up the first win on court two, downing Darinka Stepan and Milee Haagensen, 6-4.

Junior Barbora Pokorna and sophomore Pia Kranholdt led the team into singles with a tiebreaker victory in their match against Ines Stephani and Rebecca Ehn, 7-6 (8-6).

In singles competition, Iowa topped Drake on No. 2, 3, 4, and 5. Pokorna, Kranholdt, and Mehra all captured straight set victories, bringing Iowa to a 5-0 lead over the Bulldogs.

Schmidt finished singles competition with her tiebreaker victory over Haagensen, capturing the last set point with a 13-10 tiebreaker.

Drake captured a match point on No. 1 with Stephani topping Hayashida, 7-6, 6-4.

“I’m proud of the team for fighting through adversity this weekend. We had two tough in-state teams, so to get out of the weekend 2-0 is a confidence booster. We want to finish our nonconference play on a high note with Oregon next week, and I am really looking forward to transitioning into Big Ten play soon.”

The Hawkeyes will return to action on Feb. 23, hosting future Big Ten Conference foe Oregon at 5 p.m. (CT) at the HTRC.


Iowa 6, Drake 1

No. 1 – Ines Stehpani (DU) def. #85 Daianne Hayashida (UI): 7-6, 6-4
No. 2 – Marisa Schmidt (UI) def. Mille Haagensen (DU): 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (13-11)
No. 3 – Barbora Pokorna (UI) def. Rebecca Ehn (DU): 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 – Pia Kranholdt (UI) def. Darinka Stepan (DU): 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 –Vipasha Mehra (UI) def. Nicole Lee (DU): 7-6, 6-1

No. 1 – Barbora Pokorna/Pia Kranholdt (UI) def. Ines Stephani/Rebecca Ehn (DU), 7-6 (8-6)
No. 2 – Marisa Schmidt/Daianne Hayashida (UI) def. Darinka Stepan/Mille Haagensen (DU), 6-4

Order of Finish: Singles (3,4,5,1,2), Doubles (2,1)