April 5, 2004
This Week: The Iowa women’s tennis team travels to Wisconsin Saturday. Competition will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, Northwestern will host the Hawkeyes with competition starting at 11 a.m.
In the Rankings: The Hawkeyes are 35th in the ITA Rankings. The rankings are determined by a computer rating system.
The Badgers: The Badgers have an 8-9 overall record, with a 1-3 mark in the Big Ten. Wisconsin’s Big Ten victory came last weekend against Purdue. Katie McGaffigan is ranked 58th nationally and is the Badgers’ top player. McGaffigan teams up with Lindsay Martin to comprise the top doubles duo for Wisconsin.
The Wildcats: The Wildcats are 13-4 overall, 3-1 in the Big Ten. They are nationally ranked seventh. Cristelle Grier is ranked third in singles, while Jessica Rush is ranked 38th. Grier and Rush team up in doubles as the second best duo in the country.
Last Weekend: The Hawkeyes improved to 11-4 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten. On Saturday, Iowa upset No. 20 Michigan, 4-3. The doubles team of Meg Racette and Hillary Mintz dominated 30th-nationally ranked duo of Michelle DaCosta and Kara Delicata, 8-1. The following day, the Hawkeyes won over Michigan State, 5-2.
Quoting Coach Wardlaw: “I really like the way we’re competing and playing. Wisconsin will be a huge match for us as they are playing as well as everyone else in the Big Ten. We usually have 4-3 results with the Badgers, so I expect more of the same. Northwestern will also be an excellent test.”