Molnar settles for second at Regionals

BY DI STAFF | OCTOBER 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa senior Sonja Molnar suffered a loss on Monday in the singles final of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships in Tulsa, Okla.

The (6-1, 6-1) loss came at the hands of Tulsa's Samantha Vickers, the tournament's No. 4 seed. Vickers was ranked No. 98 in the tennis association's preseason poll. She becomes the fourth player in Tulsa history to win the regional title — the first since 2002 — and she qualified for the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in New York next month.

Molnar's loss dropped the Canadian senior to 5-1 in the tournament, 11-2 in singles this fall season. It was her first singles loss since Oct. 4.

Molnar and head coach Katie Dougherty will return to Iowa City and prepare for the Purdue Invitational, which begins Nov. 4.

"Sonja had a great tournament," Dougherty said in a release. "She got five quality wins and was working through sickness the entire time … Sonja couldn't quite get it going. Sonja has had a very good fall season that we'll look to continue with the rest of the team at Purdue."

— by Conrad Swanson

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