THIS WEEK FOR THE HAWKEYES
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team host Nebraska at noon (CT) on Saturday in its last regular season match. Admission is free, and free popcorn will be available for the first 100 fans. Fans can view the match live at hawkeyesports.com/playsight.
TAKING ON THE CORNHUSKERS
Nebraska comes to Iowa City with an 18-6 (5-5) record. The Cornhuskers have lost their last three Big Ten matches. They have conference wins over Penn State (5-2), Illinois (4-2), Wisconsin (5-2), Purdue (5-2), and Rutgers (7-0). Iowa leads the overall series between the schools 17-8. The last time the Hawkeyes defeated the Cornhuskers was in 2015.
HAWKEYES HONOR SENIORS
Before Saturday’s match, the University of Iowa Athletic Department will honor seniors Aimee Tarun and Natalie Looney. Together, Looney and Tarun had a 16-10 doubles record over the past two years
HAWKEYES PREPARE FOR POSTSEAON
The Hawkeyes are in ninth in the Big Ten Conference with one match remaining. The last time the Hawkeyes qualified for the Big Ten Tournament was in 2014. Iowa fell to No. 17 Michigan, 4-1, in the second round of the tournament. The Hawkeyes’ four conference wins this season are the most since the 2009-10 season when the Hawkeyes made their last NCAA Tournament appearance.
Iowa has won the doubles point in its last four matches. After playing the majority of the season with the same No. 1 doubles pairing, the Hawkeyes split up Zoe Douglas and Elise van Heuvelen. Since that time, the No. 1 doubles pairing of van Heuvelen and Adorabol Huckleby is 5-2, winning their last four doubles matches. The No. 2 team of Zoe Douglas and Kristen Thoms is 3-1, and the No. 3 pairing of Aimee Tarun and Montana Crawfotd is 4-0, winning the deciding doubles match in back-to-back matches. Overall, the Hawkeyes have won 15 doubles points this season.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
The Hawkeyes have a 9-3 record at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex this season. They have won their last two home matches and have blanked five opponents on their home court. Nebraska has lost four out of six matches on the road this season.
UP NEXT FOR THE HAWKEYES
The Hawkeyes regular season concludes with the match. Iowa will prepare for the Big Ten tournament, which runs from April 27-30 in Champaign, Illinois.
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.