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Women’s tennis downs Iowa State

BY JON FRANK | FEBRUARY 22, 2010 7:30 AM

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The Iowa women’s tennis team continued its winning streak against Iowa State.

The Hawkeyes (5-1) dominated the Cyclones (5-3), 7-0, at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex on Sunday. The Hawkeyes showed their ability to maintain a high level of play even when fatigue set in, and Iowa head coach Katie Dougherty said she was pleased with her team’s effort.

“Our goal was to outwork and outlast our opponent, to test them,” she said. “It worked. We knew we could hit harder than them.”

The match started with a 3-0 sweep in doubles play to give Iowa its first point.

Sophomore Sonja Molnar and junior Lynne Poggensee-Wei did their part, earning an 8-3 win in the No. 1 spot. Junior Jessica Young and senior Kelcie Klockenga also won their doubles match, 8-2.

In the No. 3 slot, freshman Ally Majercik teamed with senior Merel Beelen in the No. 3 doubles spot to defeat Iowa State’s Tessa Lang and Maria Fernanda Macedo, 8-6.

Dougherty said the most impressive part of the clean sweep in doubles play was that Majercik, new to the lineup, stepped in and contribute in the team’s success from the beginning.

Following a strong doubles performance, the squad continued its intense play, sweeping the Cyclones in singles competition, 6-0. The Hawkyes’ No. 1 seed, Molnar topped Iowa State’s Erin Karonis (6-3, 6-2).

At No. 3, Beelen found redemption following a loss on Feb. 19, beating Tessa Lang (6-3, 6-0).

Klockenga also followed her teammate’s win, topping Iowa State’s Liza Wischer (6-3, 6-1).

Junior Alexis Dorr continued her astonishing season with another victory against the Cyclones’ Marie-Christine Chartier (6-3, 6-3) and improved to 5-0 on the season. Dorr credited intense practice regiments for her success.

“Our success comes from weight training and high-intensity workouts,” she said. “We’ve gotten a lot stronger as the season’s progressed.”

Young also showed her grit, clawing out a victory in a three-game tiebreaker set against Cyclone Jenna Langhorst. Young’s win was characteristic of the Hawkeyes’ “never say die” mentality.

“If things aren’t going well, you just need to stay out there and keep trying,” she said. “Rough matches happen, but you never know what can happen if you don’t give up.”

Young won her first set 6-4, but Langhorst came back in the second set, tying the match. In the final tiebreaker set, Young re-established and iced the match with a 6-3 win.

Like Young, Poggensee-Wei also demonstrated her will to win. Her opponent, Macedo won the first set 7-5, but Poggensee-Wei responded quickly with back-to-back wins to give her team another point.

Iowa has a few days to recover before opening Big Ten play on the road against Minnesota on Friday.


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