Hagan puts up fight at tennis regional
University of Iowa men’s tennis senior Matt Hagan put up a fight against the top-seed and No. 3-ranked player in the country Monday, but his run at the ITA Regional Tournament came to an end after a three-set battle in Norman, Okla.
Oklahoma’s Alex Alvarez outlasted Hagan 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinal match. After winning two matches Saturday and two matches Sunday, Hagan’s run to the semifinals ended Monday. The native of Omaha, Neb., became just the third Hawkeye to reach the semifinals at a regional and first since Tyler Cleveland in 1999. Cleveland won the tournament in 1999, while Bryan Crowley won the 1994 regional.
“He should be proud of his effort,” Iowa interim coach Ross Wilson said. “For him to come out and play three tough sets against the No. 3 ranked player in the country, and a guy who has played a lot of professional events, speaks to the hours of practice that he’s put in over the last year.”
Hagan said his confidence is at an all-time high right now.
“Whenever you can advance to the semifinals of a tournament of this caliber and then push the No. 1 seed and one of the top players in the nation to three sets, it makes me believe that I can compete against some of the best players in the country,” he said.
The Hawkeyes return to action, Oct. 31-Nov. 3, at the Big Ten Indoor Championships in Minneapolis.
Main draw semifinals – Alex Alvarez (Okla.) def. Matt Hagan (UI) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.