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Rain sends women’s tennis home early

BY NICK SZAFRANSKI | JANUARY 18, 2011 7:10 AM

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A rainout on Monday capped off the Florida State Seminole Invitational for the Iowa’s women’s tennis team’s first action of the spring season.

The Hawkeyes competed against No. 14 Florida State, No. 60 Alabama, and Central Florida in Tallahassee, Fla., during the event, which saw only two days of competition. The women struggled Jan. 15 but seemed to rebound Sunday with strong performances by senior Jessica Young and juniors Cassandra Escobar and Sonja Molnar.

“Our execution was better across the board [on Sunday],” head coach Katie Dougherty said in a release. “We were very good in spots and continued to improve.”

Alabama swept Iowa in all four doubles matches on the first day, and Florida State swept Iowa in both of the team’s doubles matches on Sunday.

“We were outplayed at times and didn’t play offensively enough to beat them at others,” Dougherty said.

The No. 35 duo of Lynne Poggensee-Wei and Sonja Molnar was disappointed, losing both days by scores of 8-4.

The Jan. 15 singles matchup between Young and Florida State’s No. 42 player in the country, Katie Rybakova, was not disappointing for the Hawkeyes, however. Young took down Rybakova 6-4 in the first set, but Rybakova came storming back, winning 6-0 in the second. In a pivotal third set Young was impressive, dropping several big shots at critical times and ultimately winning, 13-11.

Young ran her tournament singles record to 2-0 Sunday, defeating Central Florida’s Alexis Rodriguez (6-4, 6-3).

“Jessica Young stepped up huge for us [Sunday],” Dougherty said.

Freshman Jessica Cohen also played well on day one, taking down Florida State’s Manon Veldman (7-5, 7-5), though she lost her Sunday matchup to Central Florida’s Courtney Griffith (6-3, 6-4).

Cohen and Young teamed up in doubles but were denied victory on both days. The duo was defeated by Alabama’s Alex Clay and Taylor Lindsey (8-3) on Jan. 15 before falling to Florida State’s Frederica Suess/Rybakova (8-4) on Sunday.

The pair of Alexis Dorr and Christina Harazin lost to Alabama’s combo of Antonia Foehse and Mary Macfarlane, 8-1.

Escobar and Ally Majercik dropped their doubles matchup against the Crimson Tide’s Emery and Welcher (8-3) on Jan. 15.

“We ran up against some very good Alabama doubles teams,” Dougherty said. “We started slowly in singles and dug ourselves some holes.”

The final day of the Seminole Invitational will not be rescheduled.

Iowa will have a few days to recover before next weekend’s dual meet in Cedar Falls against Northern Iowa.


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