Old Dominion Perseveres in 4-3 Victory Over Iowa Hawkeyes
NORFOLK, Va. – The Old Dominion women’s tennis team (9-4) came back from a 3-2 deficit to claim a 4-3 win, while handing Iowa (11-2) its second loss of the season on Monday afternoon at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. ODU has now won three matches in a row and is 7-1 at home this season.
Doubles tandems Natalya Malenko/Adriana Rajkovic and Borislava Botusharova/Marijana Novakovic each won to give ODU an early 1-0 advantage.
No. 84 Holly Hutchinson made it 2-0 for the Lady Monarchs with a straight set win over Zoe Douglas (6-4, 6-2) in No. 2 singles.
After dropping the first set, No. 89 Borislava Botusharova rallied to defeat Elise Van Heuvelen (4-6, 6-4, 6-3) in No. 1 singles tying the team score at 3-3.
It was Ingrid Vojcinakova who sealed the deal for Old Dominion in No. 4 singles winning sets two and three over Adorabol Huckleby (6-7, 6-2, 6-1).
Did You Know?
ODU assistant coach, Toni Bickford, enjoyed an outstanding career as a student-athlete at Iowa, becoming the first four-time All-Big Ten honoree. She was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1999 and earned two NCAA Tournament bids in doubles and as a senior was the first ever Iowa women's tennis player to earn a trip to the NCAA singles tournament. She graduated from Iowa in 2002.
NEXT UP FOR THE LADY TENNIS MONARCHS
On Tuesday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m., the Lady Monarchs will welcome No. 47 Oklahoma to the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center. On Sunday, Mar 19, Old Dominion will welcome Conference USA foe No. 48 Marshall at 11:00 a.m. Admission for all is free.
Tennis Match Results
Iowa vs. Old Dominion
Mar 13, 2017 at Norfolk, Va.
(Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center)
Old Dominion 4, Iowa 3
1. #89 Borislava Botusharova (ODU) def. Elise Van Heuvelen (IOWA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
2. #84 Holly Hutchinson (ODU) def. Zoe Douglas (IOWA) 6-4, 6-2
3. Kristen Thoms (IOWA) def. Eliska Petrackova (ODU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU) def. Adorabol Huckleby (IOWA) 6-7, 6-2, 6-1
5. Aimee Tarun (IOWA) def. Nataliia Vlasova (ODU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Montana Crawford (IOWA) def. Natalya Malenko (ODU) 6-0, 6-3
1. Zoe Douglas/Elise Van Heuvelen (IOWA) def. Holly Hutchinson/Ingrid Vojcinakova (ODU) 6-3
2. Borislava Botusharova/Marijana Novakovic (ODU) def. Adorabol Huckleby/Montana Crawford (IOWA) 6-3
3. Natalya Malenko/Adriana Rajkovic (ODU) def. Aimee Tarun/Natalie Looney (IOWA) 6-2
Old Dominion 9-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2*); Singles (2,5,6,3,1,4*)
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