The University of Iowa men’s tennis team will host a doubleheader this weekend at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex (HTRC) in Iowa City. On Friday, the Hawkeyes will square off against UMKC at noon (CT), followed by a match versus Omaha at 5 p.m. (CT). 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.
• The Hawkeyes split matches with Miami (L, 4-1) and Utah (W, 5-2).
• Freshman Oliver Okonkwo picked up four wins over the weekend. Okonkwo won two matches on court four in singles. He was the only Hawkeye to post a win against Miami.
• The Hawkeyes (6-1) are off to their best start in the Ross Wilson era.
• Iowa has won the doubles point in six of the seven matches. The Hawkeyes boast two doubles teams with 6-1 records (Allaf/Larsen and Davies/Okonkwo).
• The Kangaroos won the Summit League two out of the last three years under head coach Kendall Hale, who is in his 11th year with the program.
• UMKC is 1-3 overall and will play at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Thursday.
• The Mavericks enter Friday’s match 2-6 overall, having lost their last four matches.
• Omaha has faced two ranked opponents this season (No. 21 Oklahoma State and No. 13 Oklahoma).
• The Hawkeyes won the last meeting in Iowa City (7-0) on March 4, 2018.
• Kareem 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.
• Allaf is ranked 89th nationally by the ITA.
• Will Davies and Oliver Okonkwo are a combined 24-2 in singles and doubles competition through seven matches.
• Iowa has competed against five teams who made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, including beating three former-conference champions.
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.