Feb. 11, 2015
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The University of Iowa men’s tennis team travels to Provo, Utah, to compete against Brigham Young University (7-3) Saturday at The BYU Indoor Tennis Courts. The Hawkeyes will then travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday for a match with the 54th-ranked Utah Utes (4-1) at the Eccles Tennis Center.
PATRICK REMAINS UNBEATEN IN SINGLES/DOUBLES:
Dominic Patrick defeated Marquette’s Daniel Fernandez, 6-4, 6-3, last time out at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. The win improved Patrick’s mark to (4-0) in the spring campaign. Patrick and his doubles teammate Matt Hagan also have an unblemished record this spring (4-0). Iowa’s No.1 team is coming of a victory over Marquette’s Teofanovic/Dykema, 6-2.
Iowa’s doubles team of Matt Hagan and Dominic Patrick are ranked 57st in the latest spring ITA national rankings as of Feb. 10. Hagan and Patrick are the seventh-highest ranked pair in the Big Ten. Hagan and Patrick posted a 4-1 record in the fall, including winning four straight matches at the Big Ten Indoor Championships to become the conference’s doubles champions. The Hawkeye tandem became only the third pair in school history to accomplish the feat and first since David Nairn/John Nadig in 1960 (third flight); James Andrews/Robert Potthast were the first team to win a Big Ten Doubles Championship in 1958 (first flight). Hagan and Patrick become Iowa’s first doubles team to start the spring season ranked since 2012, when Marc Bruche and Will Vasos were ranked 59th. The duo registered two victories last weekend, winning 6-3 at Cornell and 6-4 at Yale. Hagan is moving up the ITA singles rankings. The last ranking released on Jan. 6 had Hagan 116th. The recent rankings released on Feb. 10 has seen Hagan climb 18 spots to 98th. The senior grabbed a win over Marquette’s No.1 Vukasin Teofanovic in straight sets, 7-6 (4), 6-2, last Friday.
LAST TIME ON THE COURT:
The Hawkeyes hosted Marquette University at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Building off its last win against Yale (5-2), Iowa kept the winning streak going topping Marquette 6-1. In singles, it was Hagan, Patrick, Lefteris Theodorou, Stieg Martens and Josh Silverstein who tallied victories. Jake Jacoby had his unbeaten streak ended by Kristiyan Trukov, 3-6, 6-3, 1-10. In doubles, 57th-ranked duo Hagan/Patrick registered a win over Teofanovic/Dykema, 6-2, to stay undefeated this spring. Freshman No.3 team Jacoby/Silverstein also earned a win beating Sklyr/Romanello, 6-2.
INTERIM HEAD COACH Ross Wilson:
Ross Wilson, a former two-time NCAA All-American and three-time ITA national doubles champion at Ohio State, is the interim head men’s tennis coach after the announcement of Steve Houghton’s retirement on Sept. 8. Wilson served as the team’s assistant coach last season. Wilson, the 2012 ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year and ITA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year, came to Iowa after serving as assistant coach at nationally-ranked San Diego during the 2012-13 season. Wilson was a standout at national power Ohio State from 2002-06. He was a two-time NCAA All-American and three-time ITA national doubles champion. He broke the Buckeyes’ overall career wins record, career doubles wins record and single season doubles wins record in 2006.
WILSON ON SPRING OPENER:
“We are starting a tough three week stretch of matches. BYU and Utah are two great programs that we are looking forward to competing against.”