Hawkeyes Have Big Weekend Ahead

Feb. 4, 2008

Iowa City, IA –

THIS WEEK —The Hawkeyes will host Marquette Friday and DePaul Sunday. Competition is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. Friday and 12 p.m. Sunday at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex on the University of Iowa campus.

THE HAWKEYES–Iowa is currently ranked 49th 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 leads the Hawkeyes with an 8-4 singles record. The duo of Beelen/Veselinovic are currently Iowa’s most successful doubles team with an 8-2 overall record.

THE COMPETITION–DePaul is currently ranked 59th in the FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Marquette is unranked. Iowa has a 7-0 all time record against DePaul. The Hawkeyes currently have a 4-0 record against Marquette in the past four seasons. Their most recent victory was a 7-0 win last year.

LAST WEEK– Iowa’s match against Duke, scheduled for Feb. 2 in Durham, NC was postponed due to inclement weather. The Hawkeyes will face the 18th ranked Blue Devils at another date and time that is yet to be determined.

THIS SEASON–The Hawkeyes opened their spring season by dominating the 2008 Hawkeye Invitational, posting a 27-2 overall record against Iowa State, UNI, and Drake. Senior Lee defended her title as singles tournament champion and went undefeated in singles play for the tournament.

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–“We will be playing our first dual matches this weekend and we have two big challenges in Marquette and DePaul. I think our players are ready and we are going to have to play well to get two wins. It will be a very good start to the season if we earn a 2-0 record this weekend.”

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