Jan. 23, 2014
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HAWKEYES SET FOR HOME OPENER
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team opens up the dual season Saturday with a home double header featuring Nebraska-Omaha at 12 p.m. (CT) and in-state foe Northern Iowa at 5 p.m. (CT). The Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center is the site for both matchups.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
The University of Northern Iowa women’s tennis team enters the weekend with an 0-2 record. The Panthers suffered a 7-0 loss to Minnesota on Sunday before falling to Eastern Michigan, 7-0, on Monday. Nebraska-Omaha opens the season on Thursday against Southeast Missouri State before traveling to the state of Iowa to face Iowa State on Friday and Iowa on Saturday.
HAWKEYES LOOK TO KEEP WIN STREAK ALIVE
The Hawkeyes are 7-0 all-time against Northern Iowa. Since the 2004 season, Iowa has posted a 4-0 record against the Panthers, including three 7-0 sweeps. Saturday’s meeting with Nebraska-Omaha is the first ever meeting between the two schools.
“We are looking forward to competing again this weekend and getting the dual match season underway. The team got a lot out of last weekend in terms of match play and we’ve had a very productive week of practice. We’ve put a lot of emphasis on preparation, and this week is no different getting ready for two quality teams.”
Ruth Seaborne LEADING THE WAY FOR THE HAWKEYES
Senior Ruth Seaborne, the No. 56-ranked singles player in the country, is coming off a weekend where she posted a 2-1 record at the Wildcat Winter Duals. Seaborne fell to Northwestern University’s Veronica Corning on the first day of action, but bounced back on day’s two and three to pick up victories against DePaul’s Ana Vladutu, the No. 52-ranked singles player (6-3, 6-1), and Danielle Spielmann of Alabama (4-6, 7-5, 1-0).
DOUBLES TAKE II
Senior Ruth Seaborne and junior Morven McCulloch return for a second season as Iowa’s top doubles team. Seaborne and McCulloch were 16-7 overall, 5-3 in Big Ten play last season. They reached as high as No. 34 in the ITA doubles poll a year ago.
COMING UP FOR THE HAWKEYES
Iowa heads to Norman, Okla., to take on a pair of ranked schools next weekend. On Friday, Jan. 31, the Hawkeyes square off with No. 34 Oklahoma at 2 p.m. (CT), and face No. 31 Memphis on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 11 a.m. (CT). Both matches will be held on the University of Oklahoma campus at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.
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