Hawkeyes Head To ITA Qualifier

Jan. 26, 2009


THIS WEEK — The Iowa women’s tennis team will travel to Waco, TX to compete in the ITA National Indoor Qualifier. Iowa will face Virginia Tech on Saturday January 31 at the BU Tennis Center.

HAWKEYE COMPETITORS — Competing for the Hawkeyes this week will be Jennifer Barnes, Merel Beelen, Alexis Dorr, Kelcie Klockenga, Sonja Molnar, Lynn Poggensee-Wei, Ally Majercik and Jessica Young.

THE COMPETITION — Iowa, Baylor, Princeton and Virginia Tech will all compete this weekend.

LAST COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes hosted Western Illinois on January 24 and Northern Iowa on January 25 at the Hawkeyes Tennis and Recreation Center. Iowa defeated both opponents 7-0, going undefeated in both singles and doubles play. Freshman Sonja Molnar began her Hawkeye career going 4-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles with teammate Alexis Dorr over the weekend. Lynne Poggensee-Wei battled through a tough match against Northern Iowa’s Phoebe Walker 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 11-9. She saved three match points in the second set and two in the 10 point tie-breaker to grab the win.

THIS SEASON — Iowa opened its 2009 spring season by hosting Western Illinois and Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes dominated their opponents, going 7-0 each day to bring their dual meet record to 2-0.

HEAD COACH Daryl Greenan — Coach Daryl Greenan is in his fifth season as head coach of the Hawkeyes. Greenan led the Hawkeyes to a 13-10 overall record in 2008, going 3-7 in Big Ten competition tying for a sixth place league finish. The 2006 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Greenan has a 57-36 overall record in four seasons at Iowa. Mira Radu is the assistant coach and is in her first season with the Hawkeyes. She volunteered as an assistant coach at the University of Mississippi (2003-2006) following her membership on the tennis team (1999-2003).

QUOTING COACH GREENAN — “We played well last weekend but the competition is going to be much tougher in Texas. We have done a good job playing with great focus and intensity against teams we are better than, now we just need to do it against teams at the next level. We have our first big opportunities this weekend and I am excited to see if our team takes advantage of them.”

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