Feb. 16, 2009
THIS WEEK — The No. 58 Iowa women’s tennis team (4-4) will return home to Iowa City to host DePaul and Kansas this weekend. Iowa will face DePaul Saturday at 3 p.m. and Kansas Sunday at 11 a.m. All events will be held at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreational Center. Admission is free.
LAST COMPETITION — Iowa traveled to Tuscaloosa Saturday to face Alabama, and was defeated 6-1. After dropping all three doubles matches the Hawkeyes went into the singles competition down 1-0 in the team standing. Iowa fell in each singles match until Sonja Molnar pulled off her second win over a ranked opponent of the season at the No. 1 position. She battled on the courts, going 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7), to earn the only team point for Iowa.
Sunday, the Hawkeyes traveled to Oxford to compete against Mississippi and fell 6-1. Lynne Poggensee-Wei and Kelcie Klockenga locked up the first win of doubles competition winning 8-3 at the No. 2 position. After losses at the other two positions, Iowa once again went into singles competition down 1-0. In a repeat performance, the Hawkeyes’ only win came from Molnar at the No. 1 spot, going 6-2, 6-4 for the sole team point.
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 collected his 100th career victory in the win over Northern Iowa. Iowa then dropped matches to Virginia Tech and Princeton at the ITA Qualifiers in Waco, TX (7-0) and (5-2) respectively. Iowa hit the courts hard against No. 43 Louisville, winning 4-3 after coming from behind to win two much needed matches. The Hawkeyes then continued the weekend by defeating host Marquette (5-2) on Feb. 8. Iowa fell 6-1 to both Alabama and Mississippi on the road Feb. 20 and 22.
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 61-40 overall record in five seasons at Iowa. He is 102-65 in eight seasons as a collegiate head coach. 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).