Iowa To Host Hawkeye Invitational

Jan. 23, 2008

Iowa City, IA –

THIS WEEK —The Iowa women’s tennis team will open its spring season by hosting the Hawkeye Invitational Friday and Saturday. Competition will take place at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Doubles competition will begin at 2 p.m. Friday. with singles matches following. Saturday’s matches will start at 8:30 a.m. for doubles with singles matches following to conclude the tournament. Admission is free.

THE HAWKEYES–Iowa is currently ranked 51st in the FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Competing for the Hawkeyes will be Jennifer Barnes, Merel Beelen, Kayla Berry, Kelcie Klockenga, Jacqueline Lee, Mili Veselinovic, Jessica Young, Lynne Poggensee-Wei, and Alexis Dorr. Lee lead the Hawkeyes with a 5-4 singles record in fall tournament play. In doubles competition, Iowa is lead by Dorr and Lee who produced a 6-2 record for the fall season.

THE COMPETITION–The Hawkeyes will face Northern Iowa, Iowa State, and Drake. The three schools are all currently unranked and have no ranked players.

2007 HAWKEYE INVITATIONAL–Iowa finished the 2007 Hawkeye Invitational with a near perfect record. The Hawkeyes won 28 out of 29 matches against competition from Iowa State, Northern Iowa, and Northern Illinois. Jacqueline Lee was named the singles tournament champion after defeating Jill Palen of Iowa State, 6-4, 6-4. The Hawkeyes also claimed another title when the duo of Kelcie Klockenga and Hilary Mintz were named tournament co-champions with Iowa State’s Kara Hickey and Eve Soriano.

FALL SEASON–The Hawkeyes concluded their fall season at the Wilson/ITA Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, MI. Jacqueline Lee, seeded 13th in the tournament, advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to sixth seed Tania Mahtani of Michigan, 6-4, 6-4.The duos of Alexis Dorr and Jacqueline Lee, and Merel Beelen and Mili Veselinovic both advanced to the third round of doubles play before being eliminated.

HEAD COACH DARYL GREENAN–Coach Daryl Greenan is in his fourth season as head coach of the Hawkeyes. Greenan led the Hawkeyes to a 12-10 overall record in 2007, going 7-3 in Big Ten competition for a fourth place league finish. Greenan was named 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year. Greenan has a 44-26 overall record in three seasons at Iowa. Toni Neykova is the assistant coach and is in her sixth season with the Hawkeyes. She is a former member of the Hawkeye tennis team (1999-2002).

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