The University of Iowa men’s tennis team (5-2) travels to Eugene, Oregon for a match-up against the Oregon Ducks (6-1), Saturday at 2 p.m. (PT). Saturday will be the first meeting of the Hawkeyes and the Ducks in program history.
Junior Josh Silverstein is ranked No. 103 nationally in the latest ITA singles rankings.
Silverstein began the season ranked No. 18 regionally and worked his way onto the national list after defeating Jolan Cailleau of Texas Tech who was ranked No. 25 at the time.
“Being ranked shows opponents that you can compete with the best college tennis players in the nation,” said Silverstein.
“It took me two and a half years of fighting and grinding to get nationally ranked, but I finally accomplished that goal. The next step is to keep beating though players and move forward as a team.”
HAWKS ON THE COURT
• Junior Lefteris Theodorou is 6-1 in singles competition this season.
• He is undefeated in the top spot.
• Senior Robin Haden and junior Jake Jacoby are undefeated as a doubles team on court three.
• The Ducks have two athletes ranked nationally in singles.
• Sophomore Thomas Laurent plays at No. 1 for Oregon and is ranked No. 38.
• Laurent is 5-0 in the top spot.
• Junior Simon Stevens is ranked No. 124.
• Three doubles teams are on the ITA’s national list at No 33, 47, and 51, respectively.
• The Ducks are 4-0 at home this season.
• The men’s tennis program welcomes a 2017 recruiting class ranked 17th nationally.
• Iowa is the third highest Big Ten team ranked behind Illinois (4) and Ohio State (14).
• Will Davies and Joe Tyler hail from Great Britain.
• Nikita Snezhko is from Minnesota.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Fans can follow the Hawkeyes all season long and receive live match updates on Facebook (facebook.com/IowaMensTennis) or on Twitter (@IowaMensTennis). Fans can also get a behind the scene look on Instagram (iowamenstennis).
Live scoring for all three matches will be available on GoDucks.com, as well as links to live streams for all six courts at the Student Tennis Center. Doubles will be played first, followed shortly by singles play on all six courts. Links will also be available on Twitter