Big Ten Tournament: Molnar gets win No. 100, but Hawkeyes fall

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 27, 2012 6:30 AM

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The Iowa women's tennis team played its last matches of the season on Thursday.

The No. 11-seeded Hawkeyes fell to No. 6-seed Minnesota, 4-2, in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Dougherty kept her promise of showing three brand-new doubles pairings, and it worked as Iowa won the doubles point by taking two of three matches.

Sonja Molnar and Katie Zordani teamed at the top spot to down Minnesota's No. 52 ranked team of Natalia Pintusava and Magdalena Wiecha, 8-4.

The Black and Gold headed into singles with a 1-0 lead and quickly jumped to a 2-0 lead as Molnar earned the 100th win of her career. She won in straight sets (6-3, 6-0) and got the revenge she was looking for against Pintusava, to whom she lost on Sunday.

Iowa then lost the next four matches to Minnesota before the meet was called.

The Hawkeyes will graduate Molnar, Ally Majercik and Cassie Escobar, and they have inked two freshman for the next season so far.

Dougherty said they are looking for another player to fill an empty roster spot but emphasized the team is looking for the right fit and not just any player.

— by Patrick Mason

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