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Men’s tennis dismantles No. 75 Louisiana

BY JOSH HICKS | MARCH 03, 2015 5:00 AM

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The courts at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex were rocking for 9 a.m. on a Monday as the No. 57 Iowa men’s tennis team routed No. 75 Louisiana-Lafayette in dual-match play, 4-0.

The win was a good rebound for the team after its loss on Feb. 27 to No. 29 Drake. The Hawkeyes now have an overall record of 8-2.

“I think the biggest difference of today versus when we played Drake was that we responded well coming off that loss,” junior Dominic Patrick. “I think that we came out and played harder than we have most of the year.”

The dual started with singles play. Iowa came out onto the courts, caught fire, and won all six of the first sets.

“Every single court, one through six,” head coach Ross Wilson said. “It’s huge when you’re playing at home and you come out and win the first set. You get all the momentum.”

Going into the second sets, it was clear that Iowa wasn’t going to let off the throttle.

“The guys kept up their energy, and we got breaks early in all the second sets. That was key,” Wilson said. “We were able to stay ahead and finish off matches.”

Josh Silverstein was the first to finish his match. He defeated Louisiana’s Damian Farinola, giving Iowa a 1-0 lead.

The freshman played at No. 5 and shut his opponent out, winning (6-0, 6-0).

“That was pretty impressive,” Wilson said. “There are not too many times when you play a good college team and you win 6-0, 6-0. He should be pretty proud of that.”

Senior Matt Hagan, playing at the No. 1 slot, was the second Hawkeye to secure a point in the dual.
Hagan defeated Jake Wynan (6-2, 6-0).

“It was a really good team win,” Hagan said. “For us to come out and beat a ranked team 4-0 was a really big deal for the program.”

Freshman Stieg Martens earned the Hawks their third point in the dual. Martens made easy work of his opponent, defeating Vlad Kramarov (6-2, 6-2).

Freshman Lefteris Theodorou, playing at No. 3 singles, was in a position to clinch for the Hawkeyes against Edgar Lopez. The freshman made quick work of Lopez in the first set (6-2).

In the second set, Theodorou scored a perfectly placed ball to go up Ad-40 while up 3-2.

The freshman ran-down a seemingly unreachable ball and struck it with a lunging backhand from the deep corner to a spot on the opposite corner that Lopez had no chance of getting to.

The junior from Louisiana threw his racket down at the court out of frustration and the line judge called him for a court violation. This gave Theodorou the advantage point and the game point.

And just like that Theodorou was up 4-2. Once he had that edge, he never looked back.

He took the second set (6-2), and Iowa won.

Junior Dominic Patrick and freshman Jake Jacoby’s matches were abandoned because Iowa already won. Both players had won their first sets (6-3) and (6-4).

“I felt like we competed well and pumped it up with a lot of energy for a Monday morning,” Patrick said.

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