Hawkeye men's tennis falls twice

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 02, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa men's tennis team dropped to 1-14 (0-4 Big Ten) on the season after back-to-back conference road losses this past weekend.

The Hawkeyes were defeated by Penn State, 5-2, on March 30, before getting shut out by No. 2 Ohio State, 7-0, on Sunday.

Iowa's losing streak has now reached 12 meets.

The Hawkeyes had pointed to the matchup against Penn State (11-7, 1-4) as the best opportunity to break their drought, but poor singles play cost them in State College, Pa.

Iowa took the doubles point but dropped five of six singles matches. The Nittany Lions scored their first conference win of the season and snapped a 13-meet Big Ten losing streak.

Hawkeye junior Garret Dunn notched the lone singles victory in the No. 2 position.

Iowa was overmatched by the No. 2 Buckeyes from the start on Sunday.

Ohio State overwhelmed the Hawkeyes in doubles, with the closest match being a 8-6 decision at No. 3. The Buckeyes won the No. 1 and No. 2 games, 8-3 and 8-2.

Iowa lost all six singles matches in straight sets, and only sophomore Jonas Dierckx won more than three games in a set during the singles session. He fell to Connor Smith (7-6, 6-0) at No. 4.

The Hawkeyes became Ohio State's (22-2, 5-0) 84th-straight victim in Big Ten play, and the Buckeyes extended their home winning streak to 142 meets.

— by Tom Clos

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