Feb. 11, 2007
TUSCALOOSA, AL - Iowa defeated No. 50 Alabama today, 4-3. Iowa claimed four singles wins in the match. Iowa improves to 3-3 on the season.
In doubles play, Iowa's duo of Kayla Berry and Merel Beelen, playing at the third position, were the first to finish, falling to Shelley Godwin and Bianca Svensson, 8-4. Hillary Mintz and Kelcie Klockenga, at the number one position, finished second, losing to Mari Muller and Sofi Ayala, 8-4, while Jacqueline Lee and Mili Veselinovic were the last duo to finish, falling in a tiebreaking set to Nicole Briceno and Paulina Bigos, 8-7 (4).
In singles action, Klockenga was the first to finish for Iowa, and lost at the number four spot to Briceno, 6-3, 6-0 to bring the score to 2-0, Alabama. Lee finished next for Iowa, defeating Muller, 6-4, 6-1.
Mintz then defeated Ayala, 6-3, 6-2 at the third position, to tie the match at 2-2. Veselinovic brought Iowa ahead with her win over Godwin, 6-1, 6-4, but Berry's loss to Alice Tunaru (6-4, 3-6, 6-2), tied the score again at 3-3. Beelen clinched the victory for Iowa in a win over Andrea Brenes in three sets, 3-6, 7-5, 3-6 to improve her dual record to 6-0.
Iowa will have next weekend off and will return to competition February 23rd, facing DePaul in Iowa City before traveling to Notre Dame, February 25th.
RESULTS Singles 1. Jacqueline Lee (Iowa) def. Mari Muller (UA) 6-4, 6-1. 2. Mili Veselinovic (Iowa) def. Shelley Godwin (UA), 6-1, 6-4. 3. Hillary Mintz (Iowa) def. Sofia Ayala (UA), 6-3, 6-2. 4. Nicole Briceno (UA) def. Kelcie Klockenga (Iowa), 6-3, 6-0. 5. Alice Tunaru (UA) def. Kayla Berry (Iowa), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. 6. Merel Beelen (Iowa) def. Andrea Brenes (UA), 3-6, 7-5, 3-6.
Doubles 1. Muller/Ayala (UA) def. Mintz/Klockenga (Iowa), 8-4. 2. Briceno/Bigos (UA) def. Lee/Veselinovic (Iowa), 8-7 (4). 3. Godwin/Svensson (UA) def. Berry/Beelen (Iowa), 8-4.