Panthers beat St. Thomas, get third win of 2020

TONI FORTMANN/ Northern Iowan

PATRICK HANSEN

This past Saturday, the UNI women’s tennis team squared off with the 6-4 Tommies of St. Thomas, Minn., at home. The Panthers were looking for revenge coming off a two-game losing streak and got exactly that in a match where the Purple and Gold dominated.

The match started off with doubles competition with the duo of juniors, Harri Proudfoot and Valentina Caro, sweeping the competition of Katie O’Connor and Sophia Dahlke, 6-0. Thaissa Moreira and Olivia Fain was the next duo for the Panthers, as they were able to take down the duo of Natasha Hood and Sarah Gustafson, 6-1. The final doubles match was the true-freshman duo of Emma Carr and Kim Zizek as they won a hard fought battle over the senior twins Taylor and Paige McLeod, 6-3 to finish doubles matches with UNI winning sweeping the competition.

In singles competition, UNI was on fire again as Emma Carr swept Taylor McLeod 6-0, 6-0, to take the set. Olivia Fain was next up with a win over Katie O’Connor taking the set 6-2, 6-2. Valentina Caro defeated Helen Watkins 6-2, 6-2, to take the set, followed Kim Zizek taking down Paige McLeod in a close match with a final score of 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, to keep the Panther win streak going. Thaissa Moreira took down Sophia Dahlke 6-1, 6-0, followed by Madeline Doherty finishing the Purple and Gold complete sweep as she defeated Natasha Hood 6-2, 7-5, to finish off the meet.

The Panthers improve their record to 3-8 on the season and will make the trip out to Phoenix, Ariz., for a match with Grand Canyon University on March 17 before returning home for their next home meet, March 21 against Stony Brook.