No. 66 Hawkeyes Down Hoosiers in B1G Opener

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The 66th-ranked University of Iowa women’s tennis team took opened Big Ten play with a 6-1 victory over Indiana on Saturday at the UI Tennis Center.

The Hawkeyes captured the doubles point to start the day, posting wins on No. 2 and 3.
Sophomore Daianne Hayashida and junior Marisa Schmidt posted the first win, downing the Hoosier pair of Li Hsin Lin and Sarah L’Allier, 6-4.

Following an Indiana win on court one, junior Barbora Pokorna and sophomore Pia Kranholdt clinched the point, downing Mari Lene Hovda and Elisabeth Dunac, 5-4.

Iowa dominated singles competition, earning wins at the top five spots in the lineup. Hayashida, Schmidt, Pokorna, and Vipasha Mehra all earned straight set wins.

Kranholdt clinched the team win on court four, winning in a tiebreaker. She defeated Mari Lene Hovda, 2-6, 7-6 (3), 1-0 (10-6).

“I am proud of the team today. They put up a good, competitive fight on the road. It was a good first conference match for us. It is always good to get a conference win, and I felt the team fought for that doubles point then continued well into singles.
“We’re going to return home and have a good week of practice to build off of today, as we head to Lincoln next weekend for another challenge against Nebraska.”

The Hawkeyes will continue on the road next weekend, facing the Huskers at noon in Lincoln.

#66 Iowa 6, Indiana 1

No. 1 – Daianne Hayashida (UI) def. Nicole Teodosescu (IU): 6-4, 6-4
No. 2 – Marisa Schmidt (UI) def. Elisabeth Dunac (IU): 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 – Barbora Pokorna (UI) def. Li Hsin Lin (IU): 6-2, 6-1
No. 4 – Pia Kranholdt (UI) def. Lene Mari Hovda (IU): 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-6)
No. 5 – Vipasha Mehra (UI) def. Magda Swierczynska (IU): 6-3, 6-1
No. 6 – Sarah L’Allier (IU) def. Jessica Matthews (UI): 6-1, 6-3

No. 1 – Schneider/Teodosescu (IU) def. Mehra/Jessica Matthews (UI): 6-4
No. 2 – Pokorna/Kranholdt (IU) def. Hovda/Dunac (IU): 6-4
No. 3 – Hayashida/Schmidt (UI) def. Lin/L’Allier (IU): 6-4

Order of Finish: Singles (6,3,5,2,1,4), Doubles (3,1,2)