The University of Iowa men’s tennis team hosts Marquette and Western Michigan in its season opener Friday in Iowa City.
Iowa will first compete against Marquette at 11 a.m., followed by Western Michigan at 6 p.m. at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex. Admission is free to the public.
Iowa’s roster of eight is comprised on two seniors, one junior, two sophomores, and three freshmen.
WATCH MATCHES ONLINE:
All Iowa home matches are available for fans to watch online for free via Playsight Technology. Click on the “Watch” link on the schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
HAWKS ON THE RISE:
• Senior Josh Silverstein moved to 12th on Iowa’s career doubles wins list with 51 wins.
• Silverstein and Jake Jacoby are closing in on Iowa’s career singles wins Top-10.
• Jacoby is 11th for combined singles and doubles wins at Iowa with 107.
• Redshirt sophomore Kareem Allaf moved into the Top-10 for single-season singles
wins, collecting 23 last season.
• Marquette was 15-9 overall last season and fell to Butler, 4-3, in the Big EAST Finals.
• Luke Smrek was the All-Big East Freshman of the Year.
• Alvaro Verdu was All-Big East last season.
WESTERN MICHIGAN PREVIEW:
• Senior Maik Steiner is ranked No. 65 by ITA National Singles Rankings.
• Western Michigan was 16-8 last year and was edged by Buffalo, 4-3, in the MAC Finals.
• Iowa defeated the Broncos last season, 5-2.
TOP NOTCH COMPETITION:
Iowa has a competitive slate in 2018, facing 13 teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament and five conference champions from a year ago.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES:
Fans can follow the Hawkeyes all season long and receive live match updates on Facebook (facebook.com/IowaMensTennis) and Twitter (@IowaMensTennis). Fans can also get a behind the scene look on Instagram (iowamenstennis).
Fans in attendance on Friday can pick up a free 2018 Iowa men’s tennis poster at the marketing table near the entrance to the playing courts on the second level.
HEAD COACH ROSS WILSON:
Ross Wilson, a former two-time NCAA All-American and three-time ITA national doubles champion at Ohio State, is in his fourth season as head coach and fifth year with the Iowa men’s tennis program.
During his five years on Iowa’s coaching staff, Wilson has coached two All-Big Ten honorees, Matt Hagan (first team) and Josh Silverstein (second team), and a handful of student-athletes into the program’s top wins lists.