Hawkeyes Open Season with Invitational

Jan. 18, 2005

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This Week

The University of Iowa women’s tennis team will host the Hawkeye Invitational Friday through Sunday. The Hawkeyes will compete against Iowa State and Northern Illinois. Competition will take place at the UI Recreation Building. Admission is free.

The Schedule

Friday, Jan. 21, 5 p.m. – Iowa vs. Iowa State
Saturday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. – Iowa State vs. Northern Illinois
Sunday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. – Iowa vs. Northern Illinois

The Competition

Iowa State: The Cyclones return five letterwinners, including junior Eve Soriano and sophomore Jill Palen. Iowa State also adds two freshmen to the roster.

Northern Illinois: The Huskies have five returning letterwinners and two newcomers. Senior Cassie Drake has returned from injuries to compete for Northern Illinois. Senior Daniela Martinez will also make a strong impact for the Huskies.

Team Welcomes New Coach, Athlete

Iowa named Daryl Greenan the new Hawkeye women’s tennis coach. Greenan was an assistant coach at Alabama for the past three years. Before that, he was the head coach at Mississippi University for Women, where he compiled a 41-25 record from 1998-2001.

The Hawkeyes also add Jacqueline Lee to the roster for the spring season. Lee is a freshman from Canton, OH.

What to Expect This Season

Sophomores Meg Racette and Hillary Mintz will again be at the top of the lineup for the Hawkeyes. Racette was named the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, while Mintz broke the school record for most singles wins by a freshman last season, notching 28 wins.

The Hawkeyes also return Anastasia Zhukova and Hilary Tyler from last year. Freshman Milica Veselinovic had an impressive fall season, compiling a 9-2 record. Morgan Tuttle and Jacqueline Lee are also expected to have strong impacts for the Hawkeyes.

Hawkeyes In the Rankings

In the ITA poll, the Hawkeyes are ranked 43rd in the nation. Meg Racette is ranked at 103rd. Racette and Hillary Mintz, are ranked 55th in doubles.

Quoting Coach Greenan

“Our team is very competitive and we’re excited about the start of the season. The team came back from the break in relatively good shape. We will find out exactly where we are in terms of match toughness at our tournament this weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing how they compete.”