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Penn State nips Iowa, 4-3

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Apr. 24, 2003

The eighth-seeded Iowa women's tennis team (7-13 Overall, 5-6 Big Ten) fell to ninth-seeded Penn State, 4-3, in the first round of the Big Ten Championships. Competition was held at the Atkins Tennis Center on the University of Illinois' campus.

The Hawkeyes had a similar match with the Nittany Lions as they had last weekend in Iowa City, but this time could not pull out the victory when the match came down to the No. 6 singles match. Iowa lost all three doubles matches to go down 1-0. Senior Steffi Hoch and sophomore Gloria Okino lost to Penn State's Maaria Husain and Leigh Ann Merryman at the No. 1 position (8-5), while juniors Cassie Haas and Deni Alexandrova fell to Megan Marton and Judy Wang at the No. 2 spot (8-6). Junior Jennifer Hodgman and freshman Chelsea Glynn lost in a tiebreaker to Penn State's Lindsay Downing and Sarah Spence (8-8 (4-2)).

Singles competition was evenly matched with both teams recording three victories. Iowa won at the Nos. 1, 2 and 4 positions, but could not claim a fourth win for the team victory. Hoch continued her recent dominance, winning her eighth match out of her last 10. She defeated Marton 7-5, 6-2 at the No. 1 position. Haas followed with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Merryman at No. 2. Okino dropped her match to Husain at No. 3 (7-6, 6-2), but Glynn recorded a win over Wang at No. 4 to keep the Hawkeyes in the hunt (7-6 (1), 6-4). Alexandrova fell to Downing at the No. 5 position (7-6 (6), 6-1), which brought the match down to the only three-set match of the day. Hodgman could not copy her win over Spence last weekend and lost by a score of 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.

Iowa finishes the season with a 7-13 overall record and a 5-6 mark in the Big Ten.

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