Panther tennis falls to Hawkeyes in Iowa City


The UNI Panther women’s tennis team traveled to Iowa City for their 12th meeting with the Iowa Hawkeyes where they fell 0-7 on Saturday, Feb. 29. It has been a tough season so far for the Panther women, as they came into last weekend’s match with just a 2-7 record on the year. Their match with the Hawkeye tennis team proved to be a tough outing, as UNI head tennis coach Chris Sagers noted.

“They’re good top to bottom,”  said Sagers about the Panther’s in-state rival. “We actually did not play them last year but the year before we went down there and I thought we would have some really close match ups, and they took it to us.”

Panther doubles Emma Carr and Kim Zizek fell to Hawkeye doubles Michelle Bacalla and Ashleigh Jacobs 7-5. UNI’s  Harri Proudfoot and Valentia Caro also fell in doubles 6-2. The Hawkeyes defeated the Panthers in six tough singles matches. Carr fell 4-6, 5-7 in singles, while Zizek was defeated 2-6, 1-6.

The Panthers are now 2-8 on the season. Next, they take on St. Thomas at the Blackhawk Tennis Club in Waterloo on Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m before traveling down to Phoenix, Ar., for a match with Grand Canyon University over spring break on Tuesday, Mar. 17.