March 27, 2014
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IOWA HOSTS No. 15 MICHIGAN, MICHIGAN STATE
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team continues conference play this weekend with a pair of home contests against 15th-ranked Michigan and unranked Michigan State. The Hawkeyes square off with the Wolverines on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT) before taking on the Spartans at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday.
SCOUTING THE COMPETITION
Michigan enters Friday’s contest riding a three-game win streak. The 15th-ranked Wolverines are off to a 3-0 start in the Big Ten and are 11-3 overall. Michigan is led by Emina Bektas, the No. 9 singles player in the country. The Wolverines lead the all-time series 34-12. Michigan State is 13-4 overall this season with a 1-2 conference record. Iowa leads the all-time series 30-13 and took last year’s matchup, 4-3.
SUNDAY IS KID’S DAY
Sunday’s is kid’s day. Food and drink will be provided. The match is also being billed as a pink out. There will be free pink t-shirts for all individuals.
“We have two strong teams coming in this weekend. Michigan is a top 15 team and Michigan State is having a great year so far. We had a great start to the month of March and have had disappointing results the past three matches, but this team is resilient and will look to close out the month the right way.”
SEABORNE AND McCULLOCH LEAD THE WAY IN DOUBLES
Iowa’s top duo of senior Ruth Seaborne and junior Morven McCulloch 10-2 the No. 1 doubles position. The tandem is 3-0 in Big Ten play and has won six-straight matches.
IOWA IN GOOD SHAPE AT TOP OF THE LINEUP
The Hawkeyes are a combined 29-12 at the top three singles positions, going 10-4 and 10-3 at the No. 1 and No. 3 slots.
DOUBLES PROVE TO BE CRITICAL
The Hawkeyes are 8-1 when winning the doubles point this year. Iowa is 0-5 when losing the doubles point.
COMING UP FOR THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes travel to Purdue on April 5 to compete in the fi rst of four consecutive conference road matches. Doubles are slated to begin at 12 p.m. (CT) at the Schwartz Tennis Center.
BECOME A FAN
Fans can follow the Iowa women’s tennis team at facebook.com and via twitter @Iowa_Tennis. Live results from this weekend are available on the Iowa women’s tennis schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.