Crimson Hawks start spring season on positive note

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The IUP women’s tennis team defeated Division-III Denison University 8-1 at the Greensburg Racquet Club Friday night.

This was IUP’s first game to start the spring season, and it was against a nationally ranked team in Div. III.

“They are ranked 25th in the country in D-III, so we expected it to be a very tight match,” head coach Larry Peterson said.

The Crimson Hawks swept the doubles matches, as Jarka Petercakova (junior, international business) and Luise von Agris (sophomore, international business and general management) played at the No. 1 doubles spot and won 8-4. Rachel Wood (junior, criminology) and Raquel Gonzalez (junior, management) won 8-4 while playing at the No. 2 spot. Finally, Claudia Menes (freshman, athletic training) and Sophie Butland (junior, exercise science) comprised the last doubles spot and won their match 8-5.

In singles the Crimson Hawks won every match except one.

Petercakova played at the No. 1 spot and won 6-0, 6-4, and Gonzalez had a comeback victory, 4-6, 7-6, 10-8, at No. 2.

Butland had to leave her game due to soreness and was the only loss the Crimson Hawks sustained. Butland, who is recovering from a knee injury, dropped her first set, 7-5, and was down 3-0 in the second before leaving.

“Just given the fact that we had already won, it seemed like the safe thing to do for her,” Peterson said.

Peterson expects her to be in the lineup in the upcoming weekend for at least part of it, if not all of it.

Menes, who played in the fourth spot, who won her game by 6-1, 6-4.

Peterson said she settled in nicely in her first team match.

Von Agris followed at the No. 5 spot with a 6-1, 6-3 vcitory. And in the last spot, No. 6 Wood picked up the win, 6-3, 6-1.

“We were pretty solid all across the board,” Peterson said, “and the fact that we handled a team so well that already played a spring match.”

The Crimson Hawks have a doubleheader this weekend, where they will play two nationally ranked opponents in Oberlin University and Div. II Tiffin University.

“We’re looking forward to playing two great teams this weekend,” Peterson said.“We hope we are going to be prepared and tough enough to handle each of these teams this weekend.”

Ranked 39th, Div. III Oberlin University will take on IUP Friday on its home court in Oberlin, Ohio. The Crimson Hawks will then travel to Tiffin, Ohio, Saturday to play 50th-ranked Tiffin University.