The University of Minnesota Women's Tennis Team defeated host Iowa, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon to improve to 7-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Big Ten.
Minnesota swept the three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Valerie Vladea and Amy Thomas defeated Steffi Hoch and Gloria Okino, 8-7 (5), at No. 1 doubles.
Junior Angela Buergis and Vladea led the way in singles as Minnesota took three of the six matches to clinch the team victory. Buergis improved to 3-0 in Big Ten play and 8-2 during the dual meet season with a 6- 3, 6-1 win over Cassie Haas at No. 1 singles. Vladea defeated Hoch, 6- 4, 6-2.
Junior Amy Thomas posted the Golden Gophers' other singles win with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Chelsea Glynn at No. 4 singles.
Arguably the most improved team in the Big Ten Conference, the Golden Gophers have already surpassed their league win total from a year ago. Minnesota resumes action on March 15 with a non-confence dual match at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
#47 Minnesota 4, #51 Iowa 3
No. 1 - Angela Buergis (MN) def. Cassie Haas (IA), 6-3, 6-1
No. 2 - Valerie Vladea (MN) def. Steffi Hoch (IA), 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 - Gloria Okino (IA) def. Michaela Havelkova (MN), 7-6 (4), 6- 3
No. 4 - Amy Thomas (MN) def. Chelsea Glynn (IA), 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 - Deni Alexandrova (IA) def. Nischela Reddy (MN), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6 - Jennifer Hodgman (IA) def. Brandi Watts (MN), 7-5, 6-3
No. 1 - Thomas/Vladea (MN) def. Hoch/Okino (IA), 8-7 (5)
No. 2 - Buergis/Reddy (MN) def. Haas/Glynn (IA), 8-2
No. 3 - Watts/Havelkova (MN) def. Alexandrova/Schulte (IA), 8-5