Hawkeyes to be Tested Early at the Wildcat Duals

Jan. 14, 2014

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa women’s tennis team travels to Evanston, Ill., to compete at the Wildcat Duals this weekend. The three-day tournament begins on Friday and will be held at the Combe Indoor Tennis Center on the Campus of Northwestern University.

“This tournament gives us another opportunity to prepare for our dual match season against very strong teams,” said UI head coach Katie Dougherty. “We get to test ourselves right away after a long layoff from competition.”

In addition to Iowa, the four-team field includes DePaul, Northwestern and Alabama. The No. 10-ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama are led by head coach Jenny Mainz. Mainz began her coaching career at the University of Iowa where she coached the Hawkeyes from 1996 to 1997. The Northwestern Wildcats come in ranked at No. 15.

Iowa senior Ruth Seaborne and junior Shelby Talcott enter the weekend as the No. 6 and No. 14 ranked singles players in the ITA Central Region. Seaborne is also the No. 56-ranked singles player in the country after posting a 6-2 record in singles play this fall. Talcott went 5-5 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA Central Regionals this fall.

“Preparation is going to be key for us this year walking into a challenging non-conference schedule and always tough Big Ten conference. I expect great things from this group and the building starts this weekend,” said Dougherty.

The Hawkeyes begin the spring season Saturday, Jan. 25 with a doubleheader at home. Iowa squares off with Nebraska-Omaha at 12 p.m. (CT) and Northern Iowa at 5 p.m. (CT).