Molnar named Big Ten Player of the Week

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 23, 2011 7:20 AM

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For the first time this season, a Hawkeye won the Big Ten Women's Player of the Week award.

Junior Sonja Molnar went 2-0 this past week en route to being honored Tuesday.

Molnar, ranked No. 114 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, won singles matches versus No. 56 Whitney Wolf (7-5, 7-5) of Louisiana State and Mariam Kurdadze of Tulane (7-6, 6-1). She is 8-3 on the season and is riding a four-match winning streak. Molnar and doubles partner senior Jessica Young are 6-3 on the season and have ascended to the No. 40 spot.

The Guelph, Ontario, Canada native has taken home the award five times in her career, and she was the last Hawkeye to do so, when earned the honor on March 23, 2010. Last season, Molnar was a first team All-Big Ten selection after being named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2009.

Iowa will begin its Big Ten season Friday against Ohio State in Columbus.

— by Nick Szafranski

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