Hawkeyes Prepare For Big Weekend In Colorado

March 3, 2008


THIS WEEK —The Iowa Women’s tennis team will travel to Ft. Collins, CO, Friday to face Colorado State and conclude the weekend Sunday with a trip to Denver for a match against the Denver Pioneers. Friday, competition is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Miramont Lifestyle Fitness. Sunday’s match is set to begin at 1 p.m.at the Benjamin F. Stapleton Jr. Tennis Pavilion. Both times listed are central.

THE HAWKEYES–Iowa is currently ranked 41st in the FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. Competing for the Hawkeyes this week will be Jennifer Barnes, Merel Beelen, Kayla Berry, Kelcie Klockenga, Jacqueline Lee, Mili Veselinovic, Jessica Young, Lynne Poggensee-Wei, and Alexis Dorr. Veselinovic leads the Hawkeyes with a 13-4 singles record. The duo of Lee/Dorr is currently Iowa’s most successful doubles team, with a 13-4 record.

THE COMPETITION–Colorado State is currently unranked. The Rams are 3-2 and freshman Caitlin Fluegge and junior Greer Satherlie are tied for a team-high ten wins this season. Denver is currently ranked 37th and boast a perfect 10-0 record. The Hawkeyes and the Pioneers met last season, with Iowa falling in a close 4-3 match. Iowa has a 0-3 all-time record against Denver.

LAST WEEK–The Hawkeyes continued their winning streak, going 2-0 for the weekend. With a 7-0 victory at Northern Illinois Friday night and a 6-1 win against No. 54 Minnesota on Sunday, Iowa is 7-0 overall and 1-0 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes were 5-1 in doubles for the weekend, improving their season doubles record to 18-3. Veselinovic improved her singles winning streak to 7-0 after defeating both opponents this weekend.

THIS SEASON–Iowa opened its 2008 spring season by dominating the Hawkeye Invitational against Drake, Iowa State, and Northern Iowa, ending the tournament with a 27-2 record. Lee was named Co-Big Ten Athlete of the Week Jan. 20 after an outstanding performance at the Hawkeye Invitational. Iowa has since gone undefeated in dual meets with a 7-0 record. Veselinovic is undefeated in dual match singles play this season and has a 12-4 doubles record with teammate Beelen. The last time Iowa opened its season with seven straight victories was the 1993-94 season.

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 are excited about our trip to Colorado. The team is playing well and gaining confidence. We are looking forward to tough competition in Colorado and hoping for our first win over a higher ranked opponent at Denver. We are really going to fight hard to keep our undefeated streak alive.”

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