April 10, 2013
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The University of Iowa women’s tennis team hits the road this weekend to take on Michigan State on Saturday and No. 7 Michigan on Sunday. Both matches are set to begin at 11 a.m. (CT).
In her fi rst season on campus, junior Ruth Seaborne has started every match at the top of Iowa’s lineup. The London, England, native owns a 10-6 record at the No. 1 position and is currently ranked No. 98 in the ITA singles rankings. Seaborne is 4-5 against ranked opponents.
ANOTHER NUMBERED CHALLENGE
Entering this weekend, the Hawkeyes have faced 11 ranked opponents, including seven conference foes. The Big Ten has eight teams ranked in the ITA top 75, including Michigan(7), Nebraska (12), Northwestern (16), Purdue (23), Indiana (34), Penn State (38), Ohio State (62) and Illinois (59).
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State is 10-12 overall and 0-7 in the Big Ten. The Spartans are 7-4 at home this season. Michigan State has tallied the most wins this season in singles play on court six,tallying a 13-6 record. Mirina Bohrer is the sole player and has tallied a 12-8 record at the top singles position. In doubles play, the Spartans have tallied a winning record at the No. 1 (11-10) and No. 3 (12-8) positions.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
No. 7 Michigan is second in the Big Ten with a 6-1 conference record. The Wolverines,15-4 overall, have maintained a top-10 rating in the ITA team rankings since knocking off No. 2 Duke on March 1. The Maize and Blue’s doubles lineup includes the country’s second-ranked doubles team in Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas and 45th-ranked Ronit Yurovsky and Sarah Lee. Michigan’s singles lineup features three ranked athletes, including Emina Bektas (No. 28), Ronit Yurovsky (No. 49), and Sarah Lee (No. 97).
The Hawkeyes return to action against Minnesota in their home fi nale on April 21. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m. (CT) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Live match updates will be available on the Hawkeye Tennis schedule page and on twitter via @iowa_tennis.
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