Hawkeyes Prepare For Road Match

Feb. 19, 2007

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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s tennis team (4-0) will travel to Minneapolis, MN, Friday to compete against SMU at 10 a.m. On Saturday, the team will return home to host Western Michigan at 12 p.m. in the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.

SCOUTING SMU — The Southern Methodist University Mustangs (3-2) are ranked No. 39 in the most recent College Tennis Online rankings. In their last match, the Mustangs defeated Southeastern Oklahoma, 7-0. The team’s two losses came from No. 12 Texas and No. 23 Clemson. Freshman Robin Fahgen is leading the team in singles competition with a 4-1 record.

SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN — Western Michigan (5-4) is currently ranked No. 56. The team has a 3-4 record against nationally ranked opponents. Senior Tim Bradshaw and sophomore Kevin Hayward are leading the team in singles with records of 5-2.

THE SERIES — This will be the first meeting between SMU and Iowa. Last year, Iowa was defeated by Western Michigan in Kalamazoo, MI, 7-0. The Hawkeyes lead the overall series, 12-11.

LAST TIME OUT — The Hawkeyes defeated No. 61 DePaul and Toledo last weekend. Iowa swept doubles competition in both matches. The doubles teams of juniors Bart van Monsjou and J.P. Ritchie and freshmen Patrick Dwyer and Tommy McGeorge improved their records to 4-0. In singles, van Monsjou, Ritchie and Dwyer were undefeated in the weekend’s competitions.

HEAD COACH Steve Houghton — Steve Houghton, the dean of Big Ten tennis coaches, is in his 26th season as head coach of the Hawkeyes. Houghton has a career record of 281-286 (.496). 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.