Molnar still going at ITAs, advances to final

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 24, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa senior Sonja Molnar advanced to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region Championships finals with two singles wins on Sunday.

The tournament's No. 2 overall seed, Molnar defeated Tulsa's Anastasia Erofeeva (6-4, 6-2) in the quarterfinals and bested Nebraska's Medeleine Geibert (6-2, 6-3) in the semifinals. Molnar's progression into the quarterfinals came after defeating Minnesota's Julia Courter (6-0, 6-1) on Oct. 22 in Tulsa, Okla. Molnar is 5-0 at the tournament.

"Sonja worked very hard today for those wins," head coach Katie Dougherty said in a release after Molnar beat Erofeeva and Geibert. "The scores don't show it, but she played two very good players and had to play great tennis to beat them. [The finals] will be another test for her; she's playing like the senior leader she is and outworking people."

Molnar's next match is in the finals against No. 4-seed Samantha Vickers of Tulsa at 9 a.m. today.

Molnar also paired with Iowa freshman Shelby Talcott in doubles, and they recorded wins over Wichita State's Delia Damaschin and Montse Blasco Fernandez (8-3) and Tulsa's Caroline Beaulieu and Isaura Enrique (8-2). The Hawkeyes then lost to Erofeeva and Ewa Szatkowska, 9-7, in the quarterfinals.

Talcott was eliminated from singles competition on Oct. 21 by Minnesota's Natallia Pintusava, (7-6, 3-6, 5-7). She had previously beaten Szatkowska, (6-2, 1-6, 6-3).

— by Conrad Swanson

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