Women's tennis collects titles in Minneapolis

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa women's tennis team had a successful weekend in the three-day Gopher Invitational in Minneapolis, winning four titles.

The Hawkeyes turned in strong performances against competition from Bradley, Gustavus, Iowa State, LSU, Missouri, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Wisconsin. Iowa's freshmen helped the team go 24-5 in singles play and 10-4 in doubles over the course of the weekend.

Freshman Ellen Silver defeated Minnesota's Julia Courter (6-4, 6-0) to win her bracket. Fellow first-year Hawkeye Morven McCulloch posted a 3-0 record in the event.

Senior Sonja Molnar coasted past Wisconsin's Nicky Stracar (6-1, 6-2) to take the title in her bracket, and she paired with freshman Shelby Talcott to win the Koivu Doubles Flight Championship. The Hawkeyes beat Nicky Stracar and Alaina Trgovich of Wisconsin in the final match, 8-4.

Sophomore Christina Harazin picked up the consolation championship in the McNabb Singles Flight by beating Iowa State's Marie Chartier (7-6, 1-0).

Most of Iowa's losses came by default; senior Cassandra Escobar had to withdraw from three matches, giving victories to players from Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa State.

The Hawkeyes' next action starts on Sept. 30 at the Wildcat Invitational in Evanston, Ill.

— by Conrad Swanson

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