Hawkeye Dierckx bright spot for men's tennis at ITA Regionals


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The Iowa men’s tennis team had a rough weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association regionals. Jonas Dierckx, Matt Hagan, Michael Swank, and Garret Dunn competed for the Hawkeyes in Minneapolis.

Dierckx rallied after dropping the first set in his first match, defeating Grant Ive of Tulsa (4-6, 6-1, 7-6).  Dierckx won his first match on Oct. 20 (6-1, 6-0) but was eliminated in the round of 16 by Leandro Toledo of Minnesota (6-2, 6-3) later in the day. Toledo went on to advance to the final round of the singles main draw.

Dierckx was the only player to win a singles match for the Hawkeyes. Hagan lost to Robin Goodman of Drake (6-3, 6-2) on Oct. 19. Dunn lost to Greg Lehmann of Arkansas (7-5, 6-3) on Oct. 19 as well. Both lost their consolation matches on Oct. 20.

No. 55 doubles team Dunn and Swank lost (8-2) to Peerakit Siributwong  and Leonard Stakhovsky of Oklahoma. It was Dunn and Swank’s second-straight loss in an association event.

Dierckx and Hagan lost their only doubles match to Alvaro Gutierrez and Matheus Pereira of Wichita State (9-7).

The team travels to Evanston, Ill., Friday for the Northwestern Invitational.

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