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Hawkeye women's tennis drops pair in Illinois

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 26, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa women's tennis team (6-8, 0-3 Big Ten) completed what had been a six-meet road trip this weekend by going 1-5 on the trip, 0-2 this past weekend.

The Hawkeyes faced No. 14 Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., on March 23 and failed to earn a point in a 7-0 defeat.

The Black and Gold traveled to Champaign, Ill., on Sunday to conclude the trip against No. 50 Illinois.

The Hawkeyes dropped the meet, 6-1, and head coach Katie Dougherty said she wasn't pleased with the way her team came out in singles.

"This was a tough day in singles for us," she said. "Illinois is a good team and stepped up at key points. We let a lot of opportunities get away from us in singles and doubles."

There was one bright spot in singles, though, was senior Sonja Molnar, who downed her second nationally ranked opponent this season. Molnar defeated No. 92 Allison Falkin in straight sets, (6-4, 6-3).

Molnar holds a team-best 10-4 record in dual play and has 94 career wins. She's six wins shy from becoming the third women's player in school history to reach 100 victories.

The Hawkeyes will return home this weekend and continue Big Ten play against No. 46 Penn State and No. 66 Ohio State.

Iowa is 5-0 at home this season.

— by Patrick Mason


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