Feb. 2, 2009
THIS WEEK — The Iowa women’s tennis team will travel to Milwaukee, WI, Saturday to face Louisville at 10 a.m. at the Helfaer Tennis Stadium at Marquette University. The Hawkeyes will then stay to face host Marquette Sunday at 11 a.m.
LAST COMPETITION — The Hawkeyes competed in the ITA Qualifiers in Waco, TX, hosted by the Baylor Bears Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. On the first day of competition, Iowa faced No. 61 Virginia Tech, and fell to the Hokies with a final team score of 7-0. The Hawkeyes showed more fight against No. 62 Princeton in day two, but still fell 5-2 to end their competition. Freshman Sonja Molnar came out with a win for Iowa against No. 74 ranked opponent Lauren McHale, going 6-2, 6-4. The other Hawkeye win came from Kelcie Klockenga, who defeated Ashley Blakely in a hard fought match, going 6-7 (1-7), 6-4, 10-8.
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. Iowa then dropped matches to Virginia Tech and Princeton at the ITA Qualifiers in Waco, TX 7-0 and 5-2 respectively.
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 — “This is a big weekend for us. It would be a huge boost for our girls to pick up a couple wins after struggling in Texas last weekend. They are working hard, so it would be nice to see some big results this weekend.”