Jan. 30, 2014
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HAWKEYES SET FOR FIRST ROAD TEST
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team heads to Norman, Okla., to take on a pair of ranked schools this weekend. The Hawkeyes square off with No. 28 Oklahoma on Friday at 2 p.m. (CT), and face No. 31 Memphis on Saturday at 11 a.m. (CT). Both matches will be held on the University of Oklahoma campus at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.
SCOUTING THE SOONERS
The Sooners are 2-1 overall. Oklahoma is coming off a 4-3 home loss last weekend to No. 12 Alabama. The No. 28 Sooners have already defeated North Texas and Ole Miss, and feature one of the top duo teams in the country in Mia Lancaster and Whitney Ritchie (No. 50). No. 28 Oklahoma owns the series with an overall record of 4-0.
SCOUTING THE TIGERS
Memphis is 1-1 on the season, with its only loss to No.3, North Carolina. The Tigers are led by Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner, the 53rd-ranked doubles team in the country. The Hawkeyes hold a 1-0 series record against the No. 33 Tigers.
Aimee Tarun posted victories in both singles and doubles in her first ever dual meet at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center last Saturday. In singles play, the freshman defeated Nebraska-Omaha’s Lindsay Weideman in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. Tarun later teamed up with Shelby Talcott to defeat the Mavericks’ Jacqueline Baude and Kenzie Hill, 6-2.
HAWKEYES LOOKING FOR REDEMPTION
After dropping a close one at home to Oklahoma last year by a final score of 4-3, the Hawkeyes look to make a statement this time around in Norman, Okla. In last year’s meeting, Ruth Seaborne and Morven McCulloch teamed up to knock off the 87th-ranked doubles team in the country in Hermon Brhane and Whitney Ritchie, 9-8.
“The team has had a very good week of preparation and is up for the challenge this weekend. We are facing two very good teams. This is our first opportunity to take on ranked teams and we are looking to make the most of it.”
COMING UP FOR THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes are back in Iowa City next weekend for a pair of matches at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center. On Friday, Feb. 7, Iowa takes on the No. 72 Oregon. They follow up with a rematch against No. 74 DePaul on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Hawkeyes and DePaul met earlier this season at the Wildcat Winter Duals held on the campus of Northwestern University.
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