April 13, 2016
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THIS WEEK FOR THE HAWKEYES
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team hosts ninth-ranked Michigan and Michigan State this weekend at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex to close out the 2016 regular season. Iowa will face Michigan at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday, and Michigan State at 12 p.m. on Sunday. The Hawkeyes are 10-13 on the season.
“We’re excited to get back home this weekend and have the opportunity to play outdoors. Michigan is a top ten team and unbeaten in the Big Ten and is a strong team. It’s a great opportunity to see where we’re at level wise against a number of ranked players. The team did a good job being competitive with Ohio State last week and it helped us on Sunday vs. Penn State. On Sunday we get to honor our lone senior who has been a staple of our program for four years. We always have had very competitive matches with Michigan State the last couple years and I expect a great battle on Sunday.”
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
The Hawkeyes hold a 12-37 record against the Wolverines. The last time Iowa defeated the Wolverines was in 2005, when the Hawkeyes won, 5-2, against a No. 32 ranked Michigan. The Wolverines are currently ranked 9th in the latest ITA Tennis Rankings. The Hawkeyes own a 31-14 record over the Spartans. Iowa’s last victory over MSU came in 2014. The Hawkeyes defeated the Spartans, 4-2, finishing off the season 11-13.
MAINTAINING WINNING RECORDS
The Hawkeyes are 63-56 overall for singles this season and 31-29 overall for doubles, entering the final two matches before the Big Ten Championships. Kristen Thoms and Anastasia Reimchen hold the most wins on the roster for singles, Thoms, 11-7, and Reimchen, 11-11. With sixteen doubles combinations this season, the Hawkeyes are almost even for wins and losses. Sophomores Zoe Douglas and Anastasia Reimchen have played 10 doubles matches together this season and are 7-3 overall. Natalie Looney and Aimee Tarun hold the most doubles wins on the team of any other combination with ten overall doubles wins. Aimee Tarun has gone on to lead the team in doubles, with a 13-9 record, with five different playing partners, including Natalie Looney, Annette Dohanics, Zoe Douglas, Carin Runefelt, and Adorabol Huckleby.
DOHANICS HONORED ON SENIOR DAY
Senior Annette Dohanics will compete in her final regular season match as a Hawkeye on Sunday against Michigan State. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native began her career in 2012, where she competed in three tournaments and posted an 8-2 singles record and a 7-3 doubles record, going undefeated at the Gopher invitational. During her sophomore season Dohanics finished the season 14-7 in singles, going 7-4 in Big Ten matches, finishing the season on a five-match win streak and was unbeaten at the No. 5 singles (7-0). She has recieved the team Grinder Award three consecutive seasons. Annette is 5-10 for singles play this season, and 7-7 in doubles.
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.
RANKED DOUBLES TEAM
Doubles duo Zoe Douglas and Anastasia Reimchen are ranked No. 49 in the latest ITA Women’s Tennis ranking. The duo knocked off the No. 3 ranked doubles team in the country last Friday, defeating Miho Kowase and Anna Sanford, 6-2, of Ohio State. Douglas and Reimchen are 7-3 this season together.
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.