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HANOVER, N.H. – No. 14 Dartmouth men’s tennis narrowly fell to Iowa, 4-3, at the Boss Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon. The Big Green dipped to 12-1, while the Hawkeyes improved to 6-5. 

“College matches between two good teams usually come down to a few points here and there, and that’s exactly what happened today,” head coach Chris Drake said. “Hats off to Iowa. They played some good tennis on the big points. We have a quick turnaround to get ready for Old Dominion and Boston University tomorrow, but we are looking forward to the challenge.”

Senior Max Fliegner and freshman Peter Conklin started doubles off with a 6-0 victory at the No. 3 position, but wins at the No. 1 and 2 spots gave the first point to Iowa.

Sophomore David Horneffer tied things up at one apiece with his 6-2, 6-3 win over Piotr Smietana at the No. 2 position, while Fliegner put Dartmouth ahead with a 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Joe Tyler. A Hawkeye win at No. 4 made it a tied match once again, but Conklin’s 6-3, 6-3 win over Jonas Larsen gave the Green a 3-2 advantage with two courts still going. 

Play at the No. 1 and 6 positions both went to three sets. Freshman Casey Ross won his first set, 7-6, but dropped the remaining two, while sophomore Charlie Broom had a 6-4 victory in the first and fell in the other two very close sets.

Dartmouth will return to Boss on Sunday to host No. 46 Old Dominion (11 a.m.) and Boston University (3:30 p.m.).

1) Allaf/Larsen (Iowa) def. No. 17 Broom/Horneffer (Dartmouth), 7-5
2) Davies/Smietana (Iowa) def. Glasnovic/Ross (Dartmouth), 6-3
3) Fliegner/Conklin (Dartmouth) def. Jacoby/Tyler (Iowa), 6-0 

1) Silverstein (Iowa) def. Broom (Dartmouth), 4-6, 7-5, 7-6
2) Horneffer (Dartmouth) def. Smietana (Iowa), 6-2, 6-3
3) Fliegner (Dartmouth) def. Tyler (Iowa), 6-3, 6-2
4) Allaf (Iowa) def. Riccardi (Dartmouth), 6-4, 6-2
5) Conklin (Dartmouth) def. Larsen (Iowa), 6-3, 6-3
6) Davies (Iowa) def. Ross (Dartmouth), 6-7, 6-3, 6-4