Iowa men's tennis falls to Wisconsin

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 24, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Iowa men’s tennis team took on Wisconsin on Sunday, falling 5-2 to the Badgers. With the loss, Iowa drops to 9-4 overall.

The day began in doubles action, with Iowa having to battle its way to the doubles point. The Hawkeyes registered its first win at the No. 1 position with seniors Brian Alden and Michael Swank securing an 8-7 (3-0) tiebreaker victory over Wisconsin’s Jakhongir Jalalov and Oskar Wikberg.

The No. 3 doubles match, featuring junior Matt Hagan and senior Joey White, followed with an 8-7 (6-0) win to secure the doubles point in Iowa’s favor. The No. 2 match of seniors Juan Estenssoro and Jonas Dierckx went unfinished.

Iowa entered singles action with a 1-0 edge over the Badgers.

The Hawkeyes dropped five of the six matches, with Hagan having the sole singles victory for Iowa (7-6 [6-0], 2-6, 7-6 [3-0], at the No. 4 position. Dierckx fell (6-1, 6-2) to Wikberg at the No. 1 spot. Alden played at No. 2, dropping his match (6-2, 6-4).

Iowa will travel to Michigan to continue Big Ten action this weekend. The Hawkeyes will face Michigan on Saturday and Michigan State on March 30. Both matches are scheduled to begin at noon.

— by Jordan Bucher

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