THIS WEEK FOR THE HAWKEYES
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team hosts the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday at noon (CT) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Admission is free.
“We are looking forward to another productive week of focused practice. This is a great opportunity for us to keep improving and test ourselves again against Northern Illinois.”
HAWKEYES WIN HOME OPENER
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team blanked Creighton, 7-0, at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Elise van Heuvelen won at the No.1 singles position for the second time this season giving her a 2-0 singles record. Zoe Douglas, Anastasia Reimchen, Aimee Tarun, and Kristen Thoms have also started 2017 with 2-0 records.
TAKING ON THE HUSKIES
The Hawkeyes and Huskies have met six times. Northern Illinois won the first meeting, 6-3, in 1985, but Iowa has won the last five including a 7-0 victory the last time these two schools met on Feb. 29, 2008.
NO.1 SINGLES DOMINATION
In each of the Hawkeyes’ first two matches van Heuvelen has won the No. 1 singles match. She was a three-set winner in her Hawkeye debut at UCF and dominated her second match against Creighton, winning in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.
TARUN’S FAST START
Senior Aimee Tarun joins five other Hawkeyes to start the 2017 season, 2-0. In her first two matches, Tarun has only dropped one game. Her only loss this season came in her first set against Central Florida. Since then, Tarun has won 18 straight games.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
The Hawkeyes have seen success at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex over the years. Iowa has finished .500 or better at home each of the last five seasons, and has won its last three home openers. Seven of Iowa’s 10 nonconference matches are at home.
DEADLY DOUBLES WITH DOUGLAS
University of Iowa junior Zoe Douglas has been the common denominator on Iowa’s top doubles team. She opened the 2017 season with consecutive doubles victories with freshman Elise van Heuvelen at the No. 1 doubles position. Douglas and junior Anastasia Reimchen were 7-5 last season and reached as high as No. 49 in the country. Their biggest win of the season was a 6-2 victory over Ohio State’s third-ranked Miho Kawase and Anna Sanford. Douglas and Reimchen opened the fall season ranked No. 45, but they did not see court time together. Instead, Douglas put together an 11-5 record with van Heuvelen. Douglas has a 41-29 career record in doubles.
WELCOME BACK SASHA
Former University of Iowa student-athlete and assistant coach Sasha Schmid was named head coach of the UI women’s tennis program on July 29. Schmid, a four-year letterwinner from 1992-96 was the Hawkeyes’ team MVP in 1996. She was an assistant coach at Iowa from 1997-1999, helping the Hawkeyes reach the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history, a top 25 national ranking, and a berth in the NCAA sweet 16. Schmid returns to Iowa with 15 years of head coaching experience, including 10 years at Stetson University (2002-11) and five seasons at the University of Missouri (2012-16). Her Tiger teams were ranked nationally in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016 while competing in both the Big XII and SEC.
BECOME A FAN
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@Iowa_Tennis. Live results from this weekend are available on the Iowa women’s tennis schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.