Hawkeyes Face First Road Test

Feb. 4, 2008

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THIS WEEK — The University of Iowa men’s tennis team (2-0 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) will travel to Lincoln, NE to face Nebraska at 7 p.m. Friday. The Hawkeyes will then play Denver on Saturday, in Lincoln, at 3 p.m.

SCOUTING NEBRASKA — Nebraska, 2-0 overall, has defeated Creighton and Air Force. They are coached by Kerry McDermott.

SCOUTING DENVER — Denver, 3-1 overall, has defeated Air Force, Northern Colorado and Minnesota. The Pioneers’s loss came against Middle Tennessee State. They are coached by Danny Westerman and are assisted by Jeremy Wurtzman.

THE SERIES — Iowa leads both series. The Hawkeyes are 1-0-1 against Denver and 7-4 against Nebraska.

LAST TIME OUT — The Hawkeyes opened Big Ten play with a hard-fought victory (4-3) over Indiana. Four Hawkeyes (van Monsjou, Bierich, McGeorge, Holm) claimed singles victories.

BIG TEN TOURNAMENT — The University of Iowa will be hosting this year’s Big Ten Tournament April 24-27. The tournament will be held at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex (indoor) and the Klotz Outdoor Courts.

HEAD COACH Steve Houghton — Steve Houghton, the dean of Big Ten tennis coaches, is in his 27th season as head coach of the Hawkeyes. Houghton has a career record of 285-299 (.488). 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), second best in Iowa history.

QUOTING COACH HOUGHTON — “Indiana was a great win for us, perhaps our best in the last few years. This will be another challenging weekend for us. Both teams are very strong and it will also be out first test on the road.”

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