Busy Week For The Hawkeyes

Feb. 6, 2006

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THIS WEEK — The Iowa men’s tennis team will host the Cleveland State Vikings Friday and the Wisconsin-Green Bay Phoenix Sunday. Competition begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. Both meets will be held at the University Recreational Building. Admission is free to the public.

SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE — The Vikings began their season with a loss to Xavier, 6-1. Last weekend, they were defeated by St. Bonaventure (4-3) and Niagara (4-3). Jay Tee leads the Cleveland State squad in wins with a 9-6 record. He has been playing at the No. 2 spot. Rob West, competing at No. 1, has an overall record of 6-9. The Vikings are coached by Brian Etzkin.

SCOUTING WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY — The Phoenix defeated Chicago State (6-2) in their spring season opener last weekend. They won all the doubles matches and lost only two singles matches. Tim Prudlow is 1-0 playing in the No. 1 spot. Mat Weiss is 1-0 playing in the No. 2 spot. They are coached by Dan Oliver.

LAST TIME OUT — Last weekend the Hawkeyes were defeated by Western Michigan, 7-0. With the loss, Iowa drops to 1-1. Freshman Zach Frisch, seniors Chaitu Malempati and Brett Taylor, and sophomores Bart van Monsjou and J.P. Ritchie are all 1-1 in singles competition. Freshman Christian Bierich is playing in the No. 2 spot and is 0-2. The top three Hawkeye doubles teams are also 1-1.

HEAD COACH Steve Houghton — Steve Houghton, the dean of Big Ten tennis coaches, is in his 25th season as head coach of the Hawkeyes. Houghton has a career record of 270-270 (.500). His best season came in 1984 when Iowa won a school record 21 matches and two Hawkeyes earned all-Big Ten honors. Four of Houghton’s athletes have also been selected Big Ten Sportsman of the Year. He became the winningest coach in Iowa tennis history in 1992 and is a member of the Iowa Tennis Hall of Fame. While playing at Iowa, Houghton had a career winning percentage of .727 (40-15), the second best in Iowa History.