Iowa women fall in Big Ten Tournament

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 28, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Iowa women’s tennis team’s season came to an end in Evanston on Aril 25, when the Hawkeyes fell, 4-1, to No.  17 Michigan in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

The Wolverines were the first seed in the tournament and played well from the get-go.

Michigan was able to secure the doubles point quickly with victories by Sarah Lee and Amy Zhu at the No. 3 position, as well as No. 17 Emina Bektas and Brooke Bolender at the No. 1 position.

Iowa’s Shelby Talcott and Katie Zordani led, 5-4, at No. 2 but were unable to complete their match.
Talcott then captured Iowa’s only point on the day at the No. 2 singles. She defeated 22nd-ranked Ronit Yurovsky in straight sets (6-0, 6-4).

The talented Wolverines had come to play, however, and at the No. 1 position, 10th-ranked Bektas defeated 89th-ranked Ruth Seaborne in her final college match. Seaborne battled to a tiebreaker but fell (6-2, 7-6 [7-2]).

After No. 125 Zhu defeated Zordani (6-3, 6-4) at No. 4, Michigan led the match 3-1. The clinching point came at No. 6 as Kristen Dodge defeated freshman Aimee Tarun (6-3, 7-5).

Junior Morven McCulloch and sophomore Annette Dohanics were both in tiebreakers at the No. 3 and No. 5 positions before their matches were abandoned.

As the Hawkeyes return home, top-seeded Michigan will look to pair their conference title with a tournament championship.

— by Kyle Mann

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