IUP tennis picks up back-to-back shutout victories

By Amber Bailey, Staff Writer, A.L.Bailey2@iup.edu, 4/14/17

The IUP tennis team took home a shutout victory, 9-0, after battling Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opponent California University of Pennsylvania for its last divisional match of the season.

The win makes the women 14-5 overall, earning the team second place in the PSAC West division.

The Crimson Hawks’ No. 1 doubles team, Jarka Petercakova (senior, international business) and Luise von Agris (junior, international business) easily won their match, 8-1, followed by the No. 2 doubles team of Sophie Butland (senior, exercise science) and Katya Minchenkova (freshman, undeclared business) with an 8-0 win.

Better yet, the No. 3 doubles duo of Raquel Gonzalez (senior, business management) and Rachel Wood (senior, criminology) hung on in a close match, 9-8.

In singles play, the team secured all six matches in two sets.

Petercakova began things with a 6-1, 6-3 win.

Then came von Agris, 6-0, 6-3; Gonzalez, 6-1, 6-4; Minchenkova, 7-5, 7-5; Wood, 6-0, 6-0; and Butland rounded things out at 6-0, 6-0.

After defeating Cal and earning second in the PSAC, the Crimson Hawks cruised to another victory against Wesleyan University at home Wednesday.

With a speedy round of doubles matches, IUP secured three quick 8-0 shutout wins.

Singles play went just as rapidly. Petercakova, von Agris, Gonzalez, Wood and Butland all earned wins.

Next for the team is Senior Day against West Virginia State University at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.