April 23, 2013
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The University of Iowa men’s tennis team (7-16, 0-11) competes this week at the Big Ten Tournament hosted by Ohio State University at the Ohio State Varsity Tennis Courts. The Hawkeyes are the No. 12 seed and will square off against fifth-seeded seeded Northwestern on Thursday at 10 a.m. (CT).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
Northwestern (20-8, 6-5) is ranked No. 37 in the ITA National Team Rankings. The Wildcats closed out their season winning two straight matches against ranked Big Ten opponents. Northwestern topped Iowa, 7-0, in their only previous meeting this season.
DUNN RECEIVES ROBERT F. RAY AWARD
Senior Garret Dunn received the Robert F. Ray Faculty Representative Award at the 2013 Finkbine Dinner earlier this month. The award is annually presented by the UI President’s Committee on Athletics to a male and female student athlete who demonstrates outstanding academic and athletic excellence and leadership. Dunn was named team captain and earned the Tyler Cleveland MVP award last season. Dunn is a two-time academic all-Big Ten honoree and boasts a 3.99 grade-point average with double majors in finance and accounting.
HAWKEYES EARN DOUBLES POINT
Iowa started off strong this past week against Wisconsin, winning 2-of-3 doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Jonas Dierckx and Juan Estenssoro took down Jalalov and Wikberg of Wisconsin, 8-5. Next, Joey White and Michael Swank defeated Kokorev and Satral of Wisconsin, 8-5, to secure the doubles point for the Hawkeyes.
HEAD COACH Steve Houghton
Steve Houghton, the dean of Big Ten tennis coaches, is in his 32nd year as head coach of the Hawkeyes. He has compiled a career record of 339-379 (.472), recording the most wins of any coach in Iowa men’s tennis history.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Steve Houghton
“We will certainly be considered the underdog against Northwestern. However, we played them back in early March and we’ve certainly improved since then. Anything can happen in the Big Ten Tournament.”