Hawkeyes Travel To Western Michigan

Feb. 18, 2008

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THIS WEEK — The No. 66 University of Iowa men’s tennis team (4-1 overall, 1-0 Big Ten) will play at Western Michigan Saturday. The match is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

SCOUTING WESTERN MICHIGAN — Western Michigan, 8-1 overall, is No. 62 in the latest ITA rankings. They have defeated Butler, Wright State, IPFW, DePaul, Chicago State, Bradley, Valparaiso and Kalamazoo College. The Broncos’ lone defeat came against No. 19 Michigan. Dave Morin is in his 12th season as head coach at WMU. He is assisted by Jose Orozco. They are the defending Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament champions.

THE SERIES — The Hawkeyes and Broncos are tied all-time at 12. The two teams last played last year with the Broncos claiming the victory, 4-3. Iowa claimed three singles victories (van Monsjou, Ritchie, Dwyer) on the day .

LAST TIME OUT — Iowa hosted Toledo Saturday at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center. The Hawkeyes won the match 5-2. In singles play Iowa claimed four victories (van Monsjou, Haal, McGeorge, Holm). The Hawkeyes claimed the doubles point by taking all three matches.

IN THE RANKINGS — Rankings are produced by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). They are released every Wednesday and can be found at collegetennisonline.com.

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 — “This is another in a line of tough non-conference matches. Western Michigan has a long tradition of strong teams and this year is no exception. I expect a close, hard-fought match.”

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