The University of Iowa men’s tennis team will head south when they square-off against Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, at the McLeod Tennis Center at 1 p.m. (CT). Four of Iowa’s next five matches will be contested away from Iowa City.
• The Hawkeyes lost to Cornell on Sunday (L, 5-2).
• Nikita Snezhko and Joe Tyler extended their doubles win streak to three winning on court three against the Big Red.
• In singles, Oliver Okonkwo and Will Davies won their matches on courts four and five, respectively.
• The Hawkeyes (8-2) are off to their best start in the Ross Wilson era.
• Iowa has won the doubles point in eight of the ten matches. The Hawkeyes boast two doubles tandems that are off to hot starts, Will Davies/Oliver Okonkwo (8-2) and Kareem Allaf/Jonas Larsen (7-3).
TEXAS TECH BREAKDOWN:
• The Red Raiders are coached by Brett Masi. He is in his fourth season with the program, boasting a record of 60-32 (.652).
• Texas Tech is 8-5 overall dropping its last two matches on the road at Arizona (L, 4-3) and Alabama (L, 4-1).
• The Hawkeyes are 1-2 all-time against the Red Raiders. Iowa lost last year’s match against Texas Tech, 4-2, in La Jolla, California.
• Texas Tech boasts the eighth ranked doubles tandem in the country, Bjorn Thomson and Parker Wynn.
• Tommy Mylnikov is ranked No. 114 and Wynn is also ranked No. 115 in singles.
• 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.
• Will Davies and Oliver Okonkwo are a combined 32-7 in singles and doubles competition through ten matches.
• Larsen’s 54 career doubles wins that puts him tied for 11th in program history.
• With one more singles win, Allaf will crack the Top-15 in program history for the Hawkeyes.
• 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.