Hawkeyes Face Four Opponents This Week

March 17, 2008

THIS WEEK — No. 36 Iowa heads into a busy week of competition on the road. The Hawkeyes travel to Manhattan, KS on Wednesday to face the Kansas State Wildcats. Competition is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the Washburn Tennis Facility. Thursday, Iowa travels to Kansas University to face the No. 55 Jayhawks at 12 p.m. The Hawkeyes are again on the road Saturday when they travel to Bloomington, IN for Iowa’s second Big Ten match of the season. Iowa will face the No. 28 Hoosiers at 10 a.m. at the Indiana University Tennis Center. Wrapping up the week against No. 35 Ohio State on Sunday, Iowa will compete in its third Big Ten match of the season. Sunday’s match is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

THE HAWKEYES — Iowa is currently ranked 36th 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 — Kansas State is currently unranked. Kansas is ranked 55th and has a 5-6 (1-1) record. Indiana is ranked 28th and has an 11-3 (1-0) record and senior Brianna Williams is 13-1 in dual match singles play. Ohio State fell to 35th in the rankings after a 4-3 loss to Indiana last week. The Buckeyes are currently 10-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten.

LAST WEEK — The Hawkeyes traveled to Colorado for the weekend, defeating Colorado State Friday night 5-2 and improving their record to 8-0 (1-0). Facing No. 19 Denver on Sunday, Iowa fell in its first loss of the season to the Pioneers 6-1. A highlight of the weekend for Iowa was senior Mili Veselinovic’s 102nd career singles win. Veselinovic claimed the victory at Denver, earning Iowa’s only point for the match and tying the school record for most career singles wins.

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 8-1 in dual match play this season, and is 1-0 in conferenec play. Veselinovic is undefeated at 9-0 in dual match singles play.

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).

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