Hawkeyes to Host No. 36 Northwestern and Wisconsin

April 5, 2004

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This Week: The Iowa men’s tennis team will host 36th-ranked Northwestern Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Hawkeyes will return to action Saturday when they host Wisconsin at 11 a.m. Both matches are scheduled to take place at the Klotz Tennis Courts. In the event of inclement weather, the matches will be moved indoors to the Recreation Building. Admission is free.

The Wildcats: Northwestern is 12-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play after a win over Purdue and a loss to top-ranked Illinois. Junior Tommy Hanus, freshman Christian Tempke and junior Chuck Perrin lead the Wildcats in singles competition. Perrin and junior Justin Hoeveler are Northwestern’s top doubles team. The Wildcats are coached by Paul Torricelli.

Iowa-Northwestern Series: Northwestern leads the series over Iowa, 50-23. Last year the Hawkeyes were edged (4-3) in Iowa City. Iowa claimed the doubles point but was only able to win two singles matches.

The Badgers: Wisconsin is 6-9 and 1-3 in the Big Ten after a loss to the top-ranked Illini and a win over Purdue. The Badgers are led in singles competition by Alexander Kasarov, Scott Green and David Hippee. Green and Hippee are Wisconsin’s top doubles team. The Badgers are coached by Pat Klingelhoets.

Iowa-Wisconsin Series: Wisconsin leads the series, 54-30-2. Last year Iowa lost (5-2) in Madison. Iowa lost the doubles point and won two singles contests.

Hawkeyes Endure Tough Weekend in Michigan: Iowa faced tough competition against two ranked conference opponents in No. 52 Michigan State and No. 48 Michigan. Iowa was swept in both contests.

Double Vision: Spectators may be seeing double in Iowa’s match with Northwestern. Adam Schaechterle, identical twin brother of Iowa sophomore Aaron Schaechterle, currently plays at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles for the Wildcats. Aaron plays No. 5 singles and is teamed with senior Matis Jasicek at No. 3 doubles.

Delgado Competes in Top Position: After competing the majority of the season at No. 2 singles, freshman Sebastian Delgado moved into the top position against Michigan State and Michigan. He is currently tied with Aaron Schaechterle with four dual victories. Delgado is expected to compete at No. 1 singles again this weekend and currently competes in Iowa’s top doubles position with sophomore Chaitu Malempati.

Head Coach: Steve Houghton, the dean of Big Ten tennis coaches, is in his 23rd season as head coach of the Hawkeyes. Houghton has a career record of 261-254 (.507). He became the winningest coach in Iowa tennis history in 1992 and is a member of the Iowa Tennis Hall of Fame. He has coached 15 players to 29 all-Big Ten selections including Tyler Cleveland, who became the first men’s player in Big Ten history to be named Big Ten Player of the Year twice. Four of Houghton’s athletes have also been selected Big Ten Sportsman of the Year.

Quoting Houghton: “We have been struggling lately, but it will be nice to return home. Once again we will face two very good Big Ten opponents in Northwestern and Wisconsin.”