The University of Iowa men’s tennis team will open its season with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. against Western Michigan followed by Marquette at 6 p.m. Both matches will be contested in Iowa City at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex. Admission is free to the public.
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.
WESTERN MICHIGAN PREVIEW:
• The Broncos entered this season the 2019 MAC Favorites in the Men’s Tennis Preseason Poll, voted on by the coaches.
• Last season, Western Michigan finished 22-5 overall, winning both the regular season conference championship, the MAC Tournament championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
• Last year, the Broncos beat the Hawkeyes in Iowa City, 5-2. It was Iowa’s only home nonconference loss of the season.
• Last year, the Golden Eagles won it’s first-ever Big East title with an overall record of 17-7, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
• The Hawkeyes are 10-1 all-time against the Golden Eagles. Iowa won, 7-0, in its last meeting on Jan. 19, 2018.
A SEASON AGO:
• The Hawkeyes enter 2019 following the one of the most successful seasons in program history.
• The Hawkeyes won 12 matches at the HTRC, but their best win of the year was the highest-ranked win in program history against No. 14 Dartmouth on the road.
• Iowa recorded a 4-3 record against ranked foes.
• Iowa returns six letterwinners from last year’s team, including five starters.
ALLAF’S FALL ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
• Allaf won 11 matches during competition, including seven in a row to capture the ITA Central Regional championship. He became the third Hawkeye to accomplish the feat in school history.
• The regional title earned him a berth in the Oracle Fall National Championships, a first for a Hawkeye since Tyler Cleveland in 1999.
• In October, he was named Iowa’s Male Athlete of the Month.
• Allaf finished No. 73 in the National Fall Rankings posted by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
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 scenes look on Instagram (iowamenstennis).
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 fifth season as head coach and sixth year with the Iowa men’s tennis program.