Hawkeyes Handle Huskers in Big Ten Opener

Fight For Iowa | 24 Hawkeyes to Watch 2018-19 | Hawk Talk Monthly — March | Boxscore

LINCOLN, Nebraska — The University of Iowa men’s tennis team beat Nebraska, 5-2, in the Big Ten opener Sunday afternoon at the Dillon Tennis Center.
Competition started with doubles where Iowa won two out of the three matches. Oliver Okonkwo and Will Davies got things going for the Hawkeyes with a victory on court two, 6-3, to win their team-best 10th match of the season. Piotr Smietana and Joe Tyler also won by the score of 6-3 on court three. Kareem Allaf and Jonas Larsen match on court one went unfinished after the Hawkeyes captured the doubles point.
In singles action, Okonkwo won his fourth straight match. He was victorious in straight sets on court three, registering his 11th victory of the season. Tyler continued his winning ways in a straight sets win (6-4, 6-4) at No. 3 over Victor Moreno Lozano. Junior Jason Kerst competed at the No. 6 spot for the Hawkeyes for the first time during the regular season and registered a 7-5, 6-4 win over Chris Dean to clinch the match for Iowa’s 10th victory. Davies added another point for the Hawkeyes on court five notching his 11th win of the season, tying Okonkwo for the team lead.
Quoting Head Coach Ross Wilson
“Today was a big victory on the road for our team after an emotional win Friday over Drake. This was a true team win today with Jason stepping in at No. 6 singles and clinching the fourth point for us. Piotr was back into the doubles lineup and helped put another point on the board.”
Up Next
The Hawkeyes will hit the road again when they take on the Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, on March 18, at 2 p.m. (PT).
Iowa 5, Nebraska 2
March 10, 2019 | 1 p.m. | Lincoln, Neb. | Dillon Tennis Center
1. Toby Boyer (NU) def. Kareem Allaf (UI): 6-4, 6-3
2. Micah Klousia (NU) def. Jonas Larsen (UI): 7-6, 7-5
3. Oliver Okonkwo (UI) def. William Gleason (NU): 6-2, 6-3
4. Joe Tyler (UI) def. Victor Moreno Lozano (NU): 6-4, 6-4
5. Will Davies (UI) def. Isaac Nortey (NU): 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
6. Jason Kerst (UI) def. Chris Dean (NU): 7-5, 6-4
1. Boyer/Gleason (NU) vs. Allaf/Larsen (UI): unfinished
2. Okonkwo/Davies (UI) def. Lozano/Nortey (NU): 6-3
3. Tyler/Smietana (UI) def. Dean/Klousia (NU): 6-3
Match Notes:
Iowa: 10-3
Nebraska: 7-8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (3,4,1,6,2,5)

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