Iowa tennis falls on the road

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 31, 2014 5:00 AM

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The No. 71 Iowa men’s tennis team recorded two losses on the road this past weekend against No. 46 Michigan and Michigan State. Iowa dropped both matches, 5-2, to go 9-7 on the season.

Against Michigan on March 29, the Wolverines took the doubles point with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. The pair of junior Matt Hagan and senior Joey White fell, 8-3, in their match. Seniors Jonas Dierckx and Chase Tomlins lost, 8-7 (7-5), at the No. 3 spot.

Michigan clinched the match after claiming four-straight singles victories. Senior Brian Alden won (4-6, 6-4, 1-0 [10-3]) at the No. 2 spot. Hagan closed the match with a 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6) victory at No. 4.

The Hawkeyes had a quick turnaround, facing Michigan State on Sunday. The Spartans opened the match clinching the doubles point. Sophomore Dominic Patrick won (6-1, 7-5) at the No. 4 spot.

Senior Michael Swank recorded the Hawkeyes second win of the day at No. 6 (7-5, 6-3). Michigan State clinched the final two matches at the No. 1 and No. 2 positions against seniors Jonas Dierckx (6-2, 6-2) and Juan Estenssoro (6-0, 7-6 [7-3]) to win the meet.

The Hawkeyes will face Purdue at home on Apr. 4. The first serve is set to begin at 2 p.m. at The Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

— by Jordan Bucher

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