The University of Iowa men’s tennis team will travel to two nationally-ranked foes, No. 29 Arizona and No. 15 Minnesota. The Hawkeyes take on the Wildcats on Monday, March 18, at 2 p.m. (PT) at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center. Iowa will conclude its trip on Friday, March 22, against the Golden Gophers at 6 p.m. (CT) at the Baseline Tennis Center.
• The Hawkeyes swept in-state rival Drake, 4-3, and Nebraska, 5-2, in their Big Ten opener. Iowa’s win at Nebraska was their first road victory of the year.
• After a successful weekend, Iowa has checked in at No. 47 in the latest ITA Rankings.
• The 29th-ranked Wildcats are coached by Clancy Shields, who is in his third season. Shields guided Arizona to 16 victories and the Pac-12 Quarterfinals a year ago.
• Arizona is 11-3 overall, dropping its last two matches on the road against Pac-12 foes, Cal, (L, 4-2) and Stanford (L, 4-0).
• Iowa’s 4-1 victory over Arizona last season in Iowa City, Iowa, was its first win over the Wildcats in 14 matches.
• Geoff Young is in his 13th season as Minnesota’s head coach. Young coached the Golden Gophers to a Sweet 16 appearance a year ago.
• The 15th-ranked Golden Gophers are 12-1 overall, riding a 10-match win streak that began on Jan. 27.
• Senior Josip Krstanovic is ranked No. 43 in singles and is joined by classmate Justyn Levin in doubles at No. 79 playing the No. 1 spot.
• The Hawkeyes were edged, 4-3, by the Golden Gophers last year in Iowa City. Minnesota owns a 59-36-3 advantage in the series history.
• 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 has won 11 of his last 13 singles matches on courts four and five.
• With one more singles win, Allaf will crack the Top-15 in program history for the Hawkeyes.
• Iowa is 10-0 when winning the doubles point this year.
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.