After losing to No. 18 California University of Pennsylvania Thursday, IUP won two of three games against Charleston University and West Virginia State University Saturday and Sunday.
“We know that we had a chance on every single court to win our matches against Cal we just could not that day,” Luise von Agris (sophomore, international business and general management) said.
“I think that the outcome in the PSACs will be different. We all are pumped up and ready to get the title. Everybody on the team wants to win it. And we know that we are able to beat a team like Cal. We already beat teams with the same level of tennis this season.”
The Crimson Hawks (17-3, 4-1 PSAC) took on West Virginia State Sunday in a battle of the top two teams in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region rankings. IUP handed the region’s second- ranked team an 8-1 loss.
Jarka Petercakova (junior, international business), ranked at No. 6, defeated the region’s third-ranked singles player Brittany Franco 6-4, 6-3, and kicked off a six-win streak in the singles portion for the Crimson Hawks.
Von Agris followed and defeated her 20th-ranked opponent Laura Isbey 7-5, 6-0.
Claudia Menes (freshman, athletic training) picked up the win at No. 4 with a 6-2, 6-2 score while Alanna McFail (senior, biology/pre-med) also won at the sixth spot, 6-2, 6-2.
The only loss of the day was the 21st-ranked doubles team of Petercakova and von Agris, which fell 9-7.
The win improved the Crimson Hawks’ record to 17-2.
The 36th-ranked IUP women’s tennis team shutout fifth-ranked Charleston University 9-0 Saturday to add to the team’s six shutouts already on the year.
“The main focus in every match is to win as a team, if its 9-0 or 5-4 at the end what counts is that we found a way as a team to get the win,” von Agris said.
The No. 1 doubles team of Petercakova and von Agris led off with an 8-3 victory.
McFail and Rachel Wood (junior, criminology) played at the No. 2 spot and won 8-2. Menes and Sophie Butland (junior, exercise science) also won 8-1 at the No. 3 doubles spot.
Petercakova beat the region’s 13th-ranked player, Toni Katipa, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 1 spot for the Crimson Hawks.
The Crimson Hawks took on Division-I opponent Bucknell University Tuesday but lost 6-1.
The loss brought the team’s overall record to 17-3 before its final match of the regular season.
All doubles games were close for the Hawks, with Petercakova and von Agris getting the only victory on the day with a 6-4 win at the No. 1 spot.
The Bison won the other two doubles games and, in accordance with Division-I scoring rules, were awarded one point.
The lone singles win for the team came thanks to Menes, who had to go into three sets against Madeline Melch. Menes last the opening set 4-6 before coming back and winning the next two 6-1 and 6-0.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released new regional rankings on Wednesday, and IUP still finds itself ranked second in the region behind Cal U.
Petercakova moved up to third in the region from sixth.
Raquel Gonzalez (junior, management) and von Agris each moved up one spot, to seventh and eighth, respectively.
Menes moved to No. 9 in the region after being previously unranked.
Wood stayed at the No. 11 spot, and Butland moved down a spot to No. 16 in the region.
The women’s team will end its regular season with a game at Edinboro University Friday.
The Crimson Hawks have already clinched the No. 2 seed in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West and will host No. 3 Mercyhurst University next Tuesday in the conference tournament.