THIS WEEK FOR THE HAWKEYES
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team opens the 2018 season with a double header against Creighton and Northern Iowa on Saturday at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex in Iowa City, Iowa. The Hawkeyes host the Bluejays at noon (CT) and the Panthers at 6 p.m. Admission is free.
@SASHASCHMID ON SEASON OPENER
“I think this year they are going to grow and fight for each other. Once they get out there and compete against other teams as a whole I think they are going to be more confident in who they are as a group and how strong they can be together.”
TAKING ON THE BLUEJAYS
Saturday’s match will be the third meeting between Iowa and Creighton. The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series, 2-0. The previous match between the two teams was in 2017 and was dominated by the Hawkeyes (7-0).
TAKING ON THE PANTHERS
Saturday’s match will be the 11th meeting between the Hawkeyes and the Panthers. The Hawkeyes lead the all-time series, 10-0. The previous match between the two teams was in 2016, where the Hawkeyes topped the Panthers, 7-0.
STARTING OFF STRONG
The Hawkeyes have won their last seven season openers, two of them being against Northern Iowa. Five of the seven wins took place in Iowa City. Last season the first win led to a nine-match win streak that led the Hawkeyes to their best record since the 2009-10 season (16-9).
The Hawkeyes welcome three incoming freshman to the roster this year. Danielle Bauers, a five-star recruit from Alpharetta Georia, Danielle Burich, a two-time Illinois state singles champion, and Yufei Long from Shenzhen, China, who posted a 7-4 singles and 5-3 doubles record in her first fall season.
WELCOME BACK B1G FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Sophomore Elise van Heuvelen was the lone freshman on the roster in the 2016-17 season and she made her presence known. The first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Freshman of the Year finished with a 13-9 singles and 16-5 doubles record in her first season as a Hawkeye. She is ranked No. 117 in the ITA pre-season singles rankings, and No. 42 in doubles when paired with senior Zoe Douglas.
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.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Links to live results and a live video stream will be available on the women’s tennis schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.