THIS WEEK FOR THE HAWKEYES
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team hosts a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend. The Hawkeyes take on No. 3 Ohio State at 6 p.m. (CT) on Friday, and Penn State at 10 a.m. (CT) on Sunday at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. Admission is free. Fans can view the matches live at hawkeyesports.com/playsight.
TAKING ON THE BUCKEYES
Ohio State enters the weekend ranked No. 3 in the ITA National Team Rankings, and has five individuals and three doubles teams in the ITA Rankings. The Buckeyes have a 19-2 (5-0) record. Their only two losses this season came against No. 4 North Carolina (4-3) and No. 1 Florida (4-1). Iowa leads the overall series, 23-22. The last time the Hawkeyes defeated Ohio State was in 2010.
TAKING ON THE NITTANY LIONS
The Nittany Lions come to Iowa City with a 5-10 (2-3) record and a 1-5 road record. Their two conference wins came against Minnesota (4-3) and Wisconsin (7-0). Penn State dropped both matches last weekend falling to Maryland (4-3) and Rutgers (5-2). The Hawkeyes lead the overall series, 25-6. The last time they beat Penn State was in 2014 in Iowa City.
REIMCHEN/THOMS SET THE TONE
Juniors Kristen Thoms and Anastasia Reimchen lead the Hawkeyes with team-bests singles records of 11-3. Reimchen has recorded a 10-3 record at the No. 3 position and a 1-0 record in the No. 2 position. Thoms leads the way at the No. 4 position with an 8-3 record. She has also posted a 3-0 record at the No. 3 position. Together the two have accounted for the Hawkeyes 13-3 record at the No. 3 position.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
The Hawkeyes are 7-2 when playing at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex this season. Their only losses came against Illinois (5-2) and No. 40 Northwestern (6-1). The Hawkeyes have blanked five of the nine opponents they have faced on their home court.
HAWKEYES AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS
No. 3 Ohio State marks the fourth ranked opponent on Iowa’s schedule. The Hawkeyes have already faced No. 43 Maryland, No. 26 FIU, and No. 40 Northwestern. They have dropped all three ranked matches this season. The last time Iowa defeated a ranked opponent was in 2014 when they beat No. 42 Illinois, 4-3, in Champaign, Illinois.
UP NEXT FOR THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes return to the court next weekend when they face No. 8 Michigan at 2:30 p.m. (CT) on Saturday in Ann Arbor and Michigan State at 11 a.m. (CT) on Sunday in East Lansing.
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.