Women’s tennis silences overmatched Penn State

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 28, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa women’s tennis team picked up its first Big Ten victory on Sunday by defeating Penn State in University Park, Pa.

The Hawkeyes stifled the Nittany Lions on their own court, winning 5-2.

Iowa picked up the doubles point, sweeping all three matches.

Senior Jessica Young and junior Sonja Molnar continued their dominance; the No. 40 duo beat Petra Januskova and Amy Simidian (8-4).

The duos of freshmen Christina Harazin and senior Alexis Dorr and senior Lynne Poggensee-Wei and junior Ally Majercik won their matches, 8-6 and 8-3 respectively.

No. 114 Molnar battled Petra Januskova in two close sets and pulled out the win (7-6 [3], 7-6 [5]). Other singles victories came from Dorr, Young, and junior Cassandra Escobar.

Poggensee-Wei and Harazin were the only two women to drop a point for Iowa. Poggensee-Wei lost her match in the No. 2 spot (3-6, 7-5, 7-6 [4]), and Harazin, in the 5 spot, lost (7-6 [5], 6-3).

The Hawkeyes improved their record to 4-9 overall, 1-1 in the Big Ten. Iowa will face Indiana at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Center.

— by Nick Szafranski

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