Iowa Faces Big Ten Opponent Friday

Feb. 23, 2010

Head Coach Katie Dougherty and the Hawkeyes travel to Minnesota this weekend. Iowa faces the Golden Gophers (7-2) Friday night at 6 p.m., and the Princeton Tigers (6-3) Saturday at 1 p.m. Friday night marks the first Big Ten match of the season for Iowa.

Minnesota is currently ranked 52nd nationally and is one of five Big Ten teams in the top-75. Coached by Tyler Thompson, the Gophers have only played one team in common with Iowa thus far, posting a 4-3 win over Iowa State in the season opener. Princeton is also listed among the top-75, checking in at 63rd. The Tigers have been ranked as high as 45th this season and have face four nationally ranked teams. Megan Bradley is in her first season as the head coach.

The women’s tennis team has enjoyed continued success in the first season of the Dougherty era. Alexis Dorr, playing in the sixth spot, has yet to face an opponent that can spoil her bid for a perfect season. The junior is unbeaten through six matches. Dorr isn’t the only one dominating on the courts. Five out of six Hawkeyes playing singles currently have a 5-1 or better record, including Sonja Molnar. The sophomore, currently ranked 87th nationally, boasts a 5-1 record in the number one position. Doubles competitors are also taking care of business with a combined record of 13-5.

Iowa was on a mission last Sunday against Iowa State. The Hawkeyes swept the Cyclones, 7-0, securing two points towards Iowa’s total in the Hy-Vee Cy-Hawk series. The win improves Iowa’s women’s tennis all-time record to 32-0 over Iowa State. It also marked the first time since the 1997-98 season the teams have met on the courts.

Iowa tennis fans will be able to follow members of the Hawkeye tennis team as they blog about the 2010 season . The Iowa student-athletes will discuss the Hawkeyes’ upcoming matches, road trips and what it’s like being a student-athlete at the University of Iowa.

The Hawkeyes host Missouri (March 6) and DePaul (March 7) next weekend at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Matches are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.

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