Hawkeyes End 19 Year Drought, Defeat Notre Dame, 5-2


NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The University of Iowa women’s tennis team defeated Notre Dame, 4-2, on Saturday at the Eck Tennis Pavilion in Notre Dame, Indiana.

 

The Hawkeyes earned the doubles point and won four singles matches to top Notre Dame for the first time since 1999.

 

Sophomore Elise van Heuvelen and senior Anastasia Reimchen paired up to get Iowa started with a 6-2 win at the No. 2 doubles position over Cameron Corse and Zoe Spence.

 

At the No. 1 position, senior Zoe Douglas and freshman Yufei Long secured the doubles point with a 6-4 win over Brooke Broda and Allison Miller.

 

Notre Dame tied the match when Reimchen dropped her singles match to Spence, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 4 position.

 

Douglas grabbed Iowa’s first singles win over Corse, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 3 position to give the Hawkeyes a 2-1 lead. Huckleby extended that lead to 3-1 by defeating Chong in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5, from the No. 5 position.

 

Notre Dame pulled within one, 3-2, when Crawford lost to Ally Bojczuk, 6-2, 6-5, at the No. 6 position, but the Hawkeyes closed with consecutive wins at the top two singles spots.

 

Long forced a third set tiebreaker to defeat Broda, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 1 position to clinch the win.

 

Van Heuvelen extended the winning margin by defeating Miller in a third set tiebreaker, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 10-5.

 

QUOTE FROM HEAD COACH SASHA SCHMID

“This win today was a good step forward for our team. We wanted to put ourselves in a position to win, and then play well when those opportunities arrived. We have to feel positive about today and quickly reset for another tough match tomorrow verse Northwestern.

 

NOTEABLES

·      The Hawkeyes defeat Notre Dame for the first time since 1999.

·      Long extended her singles record to 10-0.

·      Van Heuvelen and Reimchen paired together for the first time in doubles this season.

 

 

UP NEXT

The Hawkeyes are back in action at Northwestern on Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT).

 

Iowa 5, Notre Dame 2

March 3, 2018 | 11 a.m. (CT) | Notre Dame, Indiana | Eck Tennis Pavilion

 

Singles

Long def. Broda, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Van Heuvelen Miller, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (8-6), 10-5

Douglas def. Corse, 6-2, 6-3

Spence def. Reimchen, 6-3, 6-2

Huckleby def. Chong, 6-1, 7-5

Bojczuk def. Crawford, 6-2, 7-5

 

Doubles

Douglas/Long def. Broda/Miller, 6-2

Van Heuvelen/Reimchen def. Corse/Spence, 6-4

Chong/Waldram def. Crawford/ Huckleby, 6-4

 

Match Notes

Iowa: 7-3

Notre Dame: 6-3

Order of finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3); Singles (4, 3, 5, 6, 1, 2)

The all-time series is led by Notre Dame, 19-2.  



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