The University of Iowa men’s tennis team will host in-state rival Drake on Friday night at
6 p.m. (CT) at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex. Admission is free to the public.
Then the Hawkeyes will hit the road for their first Big Ten contest of the year against the
Nebraska Cornhuskers for a Sunday matinee at 1 p.m. (CT) at the Dillon Tennis Center in
• The Hawkeyes lost at No. 38 Texas Tech on Sunday, 5-2.
• In singles competition, Oliver Okonkwo and Will Davies won their matches on courts
four and five, respectively.
• The Bulldogs are coached by David Kozlowski, who is in his sixth season. Drake has
qualified for the NCAA Tournament four times under Kozlowski.
• Drake is 11-6 overall, dropping its last two matches on the road at No. 44 Wichita State
(L, 4-2) and No. 17 Minnesota (L, 6-1).
• Iowa lost last year’s match against Drake, 4-1, in Des Moines, Iowa.
• Sean Maymi is in his first season as Nebraska’s head coach. Maymi coached with Iowa
assistant Joey Manilla at Michigan a year ago.
• The Cornhuskers are 7-6 overall, falling on the road to No. 46 Drake (L, 5-2) and No. 38
Texas Tech (L, 6-1).
• Senior Todd Boyer became the seventh-winningest athlete in Nebraska men’s tennis
history last weekend, posting his 70th win.
• The Hawkeyes dropped the Cornhuskers in decisive fashion last year, 6-1, in Iowa City,
• 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
• Iowa has competed against seven 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.