Hawkeyes To Open Fall Season

Sept. 26, 2005

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This Week
Two members of the University of Iowa women’s tennis team, Meg Racette, and Hillary Mintz, both juniors, will begin the fall season in Pacific Palisades, CA, at the Riveria/ITA All-American Championships October 1-9. Competition will take place at the Riveria Tennis Club.

The Competition
The Hawkeyes will face 39 of the top 40 ranked players in the country representing schools such as Florida, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. Florida finished last season ranked second, while Northwestern finished fifth and Vanderbilt eighth. Other ranked teams represented include TCU (19), California (21), and Notre Dame (24).

Last Season
The Hawkeyes finished 2005 with a 14-10 overall record and advanced to the NCAA regional tournament.

Iowa had a 8-4 Big Ten mark to finish fourth in the conference. The Hawkeyes advanced to the semi-finals of the Big Ten Tournament.

Meet The Hawkeyes
Meg Racette finished last season with a 19-16 overall record and is ranked 88th in the nation in 2005 preseason rankings. Last season, she was named all-Big Ten and finished with a 8-4 conference record.

Hillary Mintz had a successful sophomore campaign, going 21-13 overall with a 6-6 Big Ten record.

Racette and Mintz competed in this meet last year. Racette finished with a 2-2 tournament record in 2004 while Mintz finished 2-1.

The Lineup
The Riveria/ITA All-American Championship will begin prequalifying play Saturday with four players and doubles teams advancing to qualifying play. Qualifying play will begin on Tuesday, October 3 and will advance eight players and four doubles teams to the main draw, set to be played October 6-9.

Quoting Head Coach Daryl Greenan
“It is a great accomplishment for Meg and Hillary to qualify for this prestigious event. Earning a berth into this tournament is a testament to their talent and hard work. It will be a great chance for Meg and Hillary to test themselves against the best players in the country.”