The University of Iowa men’s tennis team (10-6, 1-1) travels to Minneapolis, Minnesota, for a match-up against No. 32 Minnesota (11-4, 0-1) on Sunday at 3 p.m. (CT).
- Junior Jake Jacoby is 10-5 in singles play.
- He’s currently on a five match win streak.
- His first win during the team’s Spring Break trip to San Diego was against his mother’s alma mater (Harvard).
- Jacoby has defeated both Big Ten opponents that he has faced this season.
- Nine of Jacoby’s wins have been straight sets, more than any of his teammates.
- In doubles action, Jacoby and senior Robin Haden boast the best record at 10-3.
- Jacoby/Haden are 2-0 in conference action.
“Everyone has their individual records in the back of their heads, but coach Wilson has created a culture where it’s more important to pull off a clutch win in those close, 4-3, or 5-2, matches,” said Jacoby.
“Whether or not people have better records than me isn’t as important to me as having teammates who can thrive in those tough moments.
“We have a lot of those guys in both singles and doubles.”
- The Gophers are tied with SMU for 32nd in the national rankings.
- Minnesota lost to then-No. 32 Wisconsin on March 11.
- They have no ranked wins this season.
- Junior Matic Spec in ranked 80th in the nation.
- Spec and fellow junior Felix Corwin are No. 69 in the doubles rankings.
- Minnesota leads the all-time series with the Hawkeyes, 57-36.
- Last season, the Hawkeyes defeated the Gophers, 4-1, in Iowa City.
COACH ROSS WILSON ON MINNESOTA
“They’re definitely a better team this season. Last year, one of their top players had an injury and he’s back to 100 percent. Their No. 3 player is a freshman who is really good; everyone in their line-up has improved. We’ve had the same strategy all year. We’re going to try to go in and compete at a high level mentally and if we can do that we’re going to have a good chance to be successful on Sunday.”
SPRING BREAK RECAP
Last week, the Hawkeyes traveled to San Diego for the USD/SDSU Inivitational. Iowa defeated Harvard in the first round before falling to No. 25 Oregon in the second round and San Diego in the third place match.
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