April 6, 2016
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THIS WEEK FOR THE HAWKEYES
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team travels to Columbus, Ohio, and State College, Pennsylvania, this week for Big Ten matches against Ohio State and Penn State on Friday and Sunday. The Hawkeyes will face Ohio State on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT) and Penn State on Sunday at 10 a.m.
“We have a tall task ahead of us this weekend with a top 3 team in Ohio State and playing Penn State on the road. We’ve taken some lumps in the Big Ten but we’re improving and the team is heading in the right direction and have a strong mindset to finish strong.”
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
The Hawkeyes are facing the third ranked team in the country at Ohio State. Iowa owns a 23-21 record against the Buckeyes, last facing them in 2015 when they were ranked No. 18; the Hawkeyes fell, 5-2. Iowa has faced Penn State 30 times in program history and holds a 25-5 record against the Nittany Lioins. The Hawkeyes last met the Nittany Lions on the court in 2015, where a No. 64 ranked Penn State defeated Iowa, 4-3.
HAWKEYES LOOKING TO CAPITALIZE
The Hawkeyes have only four matches left in regular season play, all against Big Ten opponents, two of which are ranked in the top 15 in the country. Ohio State is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and Michigan is ranked No. 11.
DOUGLAS GOING STEADY, DEFEATING 3 RANKED OPPONENTS
Sophomore Zoe Douglas is 4-3 overall in the Big Ten singles. Douglas opened the Big Ten season with a win at No. 3 singles, and has since won three of five at the No. 2 position. She is 10-5 overall, tying Kristen Thoms, Anastasia Reimchen and Aimee Tarun for the team lead in singles victories. Douglas has won three matches against ranked opponents this season, defeating No. 50 Daniell of Alabama, No. 90 Gutierrez of Indiana and No. 94 Stepanova of Wisconsin.
LONE SENIOR FINISHING STRONG
Senior Annette Dohanics is 7-5 overall for doubles this season, with five different doubles partners, four of which she has won at least one match with. Dohanics has played six matches with sophomore Zoe Douglas, the duo is 3-3 overall. The lone senior is 5-9 overall in singles and 1-6 in Big Ten play, looking to finish strong heading into the final four matches of regular season play. Iowa will honor Dohanics on Senior Day, April 17th.
LOONEY’S LOSS IMPACTS DOUBLES POINT
Junior Natalie Looney was lost for the season during Iowa’s trip to South Florida. Looney injured her knee and will have season-ending surgery. She was 2-2 playing No. 4 and 5 singles, and 10-3 with fellow junior Aimee Tarun at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Iowa had won nine of 13 doubles points with Looney in the lineup.
COMING UP FOR THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes wrap up regular season play next weekend at home, taking on Michigan and Michigan State at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex.
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.