THIS WEEK FOR THE HAWKEYES
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team is on the road for a pair of Big Ten matches this week. The Hawkeyes face Wisconsin on Friday in Madison, Wisconsin at 5 p.m. (CT). Iowa then faces Minnesota at noon (CT) in Minneapolis.
DOUGLAS AND VAN HEUVELEN ENTER RANKINGS
The doubles team of Zoe Douglas and Elise van Heuvelen is ranked No. 80 in the ITA National Doubles rankings, the league office announced March 21. The No. 1 pairing has posted a 10-1 doubles record this season. Together they have won their last three matches and had a win streak as high as five matches. The pairings only loss came to Maryland’s Ekaterina Tour and Caroline Williams.
All of the Hawkeyes remaining nine matches are against Big Ten opponents. The Big Ten currently has three teams in the ITA National Team Rankings (#2 Ohio State, #10 Michigan, and #47 Northwestern). The Hawkeyes are 1-1 and in sixth place in the Big Ten.
TAKING ON THE BADGERS
The Badgers come into the weekend with a 4-8 overall record. They have dropped all three Big Ten matches they have played this year. Wisconsin was blanked by Minnesota, Ohio State, and Penn State. The Badgers lead the overall series, 40-9 and have won the last six matches, including five 4-3 wins.
TAKING ON THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
Minnesota enters the weekend 9-6 with a 1-2 Big Ten record. The Golden Gophers only Big Ten win came against Wisconsin (7-0). They fell to Ohio State, 7-0, and Penn State, 4-3. Minnesota leads the overall series, 38-21, and have won their last three matches. The last time Iowa defeated Minnesota was in 2013.
Six of the eight Hawkeyes that have seen action in singles play this season have played at two singles positions. Five of the six Hawkeyes that have played multiple positions have a winning record at each position. Among those is Kristen Thoms. Thoms started the season with an 8-2 singles record at the No. 4 position. She was recently moved to the No. 3 position where she has a 3-0 record.
UP NEXT FOR THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes return home next weekend after a four-match road trip. The Hawkeyes host Illinois on Friday at 2 p.m. (CT), and Northwestern on Sunday at 2 p.m. (CT) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Admission is free.
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@Iowa_Tennis. Live results from this weekend are available on the Iowa women’s tennis schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.