Iowa women's tennis' Molnar wins B1G Player of the Week

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 18, 2012 6:30 AM

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Iowa senior Sonja Molnar was named Big Ten Women's Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, according to a release.

Molnar went 2-0 in singles over the weekend at the top spot against Michigan and Michigan State. The senior also earned a doubles victory over the weekend. Most notably, Molnar defeated Michigan's No. 11 Emina Bektas, (7-5, 4-6, 1-0 [11-9]) on Sunday.

"I definitely wanted this one," Molnar said after defeating Bektas.

It is the first time Molnar has won the award this season and the fourth time in her Iowa career; her previous honor occurred March 22, 2011.

Molnar has a team high 14-5 dual record this season, with all wins coming at the No. 1 spot. The senior is just two wins away from joining Milica Veselnovic and Laura Dvorak as the only Iowa players in program history to reach 100 career wins.

She is the only Hawkeye to earn this award this spring season, although freshman Shelby Talcott earned a similar honor in the fall campaign.

Molnar and the Hawkeyes have two regular-season meets left before the Big Ten Tournament next week.

— by Patrick Mason

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