Hawkeyes Cruise in Big Ten Opener

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The No. 40 University of Iowa men’s tennis team cruised past Nebraska, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex. The Hawkeyes, winners of eight of the last 10 matches, handed the Huskers their fourth straight loss.

The match started with the Hawkeyes securing the doubles point for the 13th time in 16 matches, recording wins of 6-0 and 6-1 on courts two and three, respectively. Will Davies and Piotr Smietana, the 51st-ranked doubles team in the country, took down Nebraska’s squad, 6-0. Joe Tyler and partner Jake Jacoby won their fourth straight doubles match, defeating the Huskers’ No. 3 team, 6-1.

Smietana’s singles match on court three ended early at 3-1 after Dylan Bednarczyk retired due to injury. Tyler picked up his 10th win of the spring, defeating Micah Klousia from Nebraska, 6-3, 6-1. Tyler’s victory gave the Hawkeyes a commanding 3-0 advantage.

Jonas Larsen had himself a day on court five winning his match, 6-3, 6-2, to clinch the match for Iowa in one hour and 50 minutes. Davies continues to be a dominant force on court six, winning his eighth consecutive decision, 6-1, 6-4. Davies has won seven of the eight matches during the streak in straight sets.

The Hawkeyes gave up one point today on court two. Allaf fell in a tough battle, 7-5, 6-4. Senior Josh Silverstein closed the match out for the Hawkeyes for a come-from-behind win over Nebraska No. 1 player, Toby Boyer, 4-6, 6-2, 10-8. Silverstein improved to 7-0 this season in three set matches.


  • Iowa has won the doubles point in 13 of its 16 matches.
  • Iowa’s No. 2 doubles team has won 11 straight decisions.
  • Sunday marked Iowa’s second straight win against Nebraska.
  • The Hawkeyes are 8-2 at home this season.

The nationally-ranked Hawkeyes welcome Minnesota to Iowa City on Friday at 3 p.m. (CT) at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex. Admission is free to the public.

“Today was a lot of fun. We came out and competed at every spot and we played well. Seniors Jake Jacoby and Josh Silverstein got their last Big Ten opener win and you have to feel good about that. Today’s win really sets the tone for the rest of the season.”

#40 Iowa 6, Nebraska 1
March 18, 2018 | 3 p.m. (CT) | Iowa City, Iowa | HTRC

1. Josh Silverstein (UI) def. Toby Boyer (NEB): 4-6, 6-2, 10-8
2. Linus Erhart (NEB) def. Kareem Allaf (UI): 7-5, 6-4
3. Piotr Smietana (UI) def. Dylan Bednarczyk (NEB): 3-1, ret. 
4. Joe Tyler (UI) def. Micah Klousia (NEB): 6-3, 6-1
5. Jonas Larsen (UI) def. William Grattan Smith (NEB): 6-3, 6-2
6. Will Davies (UI) def. Chris Dean (NEB): 6-1, 6-4
1. #54 Allaf/Larsen (UI) vs. Boyer/Erhart (NEB): 5-5, unfinished
2. #51 Smietana/Davies (UI) def. Grahan-Smith/Klousia (NEB): 6-0
3. Tyler/Jacoby (UI) def. Bednarczyk/Dean (NEB): 6-1
Match Notes:
#40 Iowa: 9-7 (1-0)
Nebraska: 9-5 (0-1)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,4,5,6,2,1)