Iowa Travels To Duke This Week

Jan. 29, 2008

THIS WEEK — The Hawkeyes travel to Durham, NC, Saturday, to face the Duke Blue Devils. Competition is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center on the Duke University campus.

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 is currently ranked 108th and leads the Hawkeyes with an 8-4 singles record.

THE COMPETITION — Duke is currently ranked 21st in the FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Freshman Ellah Nze is ranked fifth and was 8-1 in fall season play. Reka Zsilinszka, also a freshman, is ranked 17th and went 16-3 during the fall season. Sophomore Elizabeth Plotkin is ranked 57th with a 9-2 fall record and sophomore Amanda Granson is ranked 99th.

LAST WEEK — Iowa hosted the 2008 Hawkeye Invitational at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. The Hawkeyes finished with an impressive 27-2 overall record, emulating their 27-1 record from the 2007 Hawkeye Invitational. Iowa ended the two-day tournament with a 9-1 singles record and an 18-1 doubles record. Senior Jacqueline Lee defended her title as the singles tournament champion and was undeafeated in singles play.

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).

QUOTING COACH GREENAN — “Duke has a very good team. This will be a good test for us to see where we stand against one of the top programs in the nation.”

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