April 3, 2014
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IOWA SET FOR A PAIR OF ROAD MATCHES
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team continues conference play this weekend with a pair of road contests against two ranked teams, No. 37 Purdue and No. 43 Indiana. The Hawkeyes square off with the Boilermakers on Saturday at 12 p.m. (CT) before taking on the Hoosiers at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
Purdue enters Saturday’s contest with an overall record of 7-7 and a 3-2 record in conference play, including three victories over opponents ranked inside the top-45. Purdue won last year’s meeting, 5-2, but Iowa leads the all-time series, 25-22.
SCOUTING THE HOOSIERS
Indiana looks to bounce back against Iowa this weekend after falling to Minnesota on March 30. The Hoosiers post a record of 14-6 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes are 2-2 against Indiana under head coach Katie Dougherty, but Indiana leads the all-time series 30-10.
“We travel to two strong Big Ten teams this weekend and have two great opportunities in front of us. I’m confident this team has it in them to beat good teams. We proved that earlier in the season and need to get back to executing and competing at that level. Our doubles has gotten better week in and week out and been a strong point for us. We need to come out the same way in singles and dig out the close games and big points.”
SEABORNE AND McCULLOCH LEAD THE WAY IN DOUBLES
Iowa’s top doubles team of senior Ruth Seaborne and junior Morven McCulloch recorded their seventh-straight victory on March 30 with a win against Michigan State’s Marina Bohrer and Erin Faulkner, 8-3. The victory pushed the tandem’s record to 11-2 at No. 1 doubles and kept their undefeated record in conference play in tact (4-0).
IOWA IN GOOD SHAPE AT TOP OF THE LINEUP
The Hawkeyes are a combined 30-17 at the top three singles positions, going 11-5 and 10-5 at the No. 1 and No. 3 slots, respectively.
SEABORNE GETS IT DONE ON THE ROAD
Seaborne holds an overall singles record of 5-1 in matches away from Iowa City. Her only blemish came against Oklahoma’s Hermon Brhane on Jan. 31. In doubles, Seaborne has teamed up with McCulloch to go undefeated on the road (5-0) with a victory over Oklahoma’s 50th-ranked duo of Whitney Ritchie and Mia Lancaster.
DOUBLES PROVE TO BE CRITICAL
The Hawkeyes are 8-2 when winning the doubles point this year. Iowa is 0-6 when losing the doubles point.
COMING UP FOR THE HAWKEYES
Iowa travels to the land of Lincoln next week to face a pair of ranked conference opponents. On Saturday, April 12, the Hawkeyes take on No. 34 Illinois (10-6, 3-2) before facing No. 11 Northwestern (11-5, 5-0) on April 13.
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.