Match Notes: Hawkeyes Look to Finish Strong

24 Hawkeyes to Watch 2018-19

The 50th-ranked University of Iowa men’s tennis team will host the final three matches of the regular season this weekend. On Friday, the Hawkeyes will square off against Michigan State in Iowa City at 6 p.m. (CT). Iowa will play a doubleheader on Sunday against 19th-ranked Michigan at Noon (CT) and Illinois State at 5 p.m. (CT). Admission is free all Easter weekend at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex. 

•     The Hawkeyes beat IUPUI (4-0) to improve to 10-4 in nonconference matches this year. Iowa also dropped Big Ten road matches at Purdue (4-3) and Indiana (4-0). 

•     The Spartans are 6-18 overall and 0-9 in the Big Ten. Michigan State’s last win came against Wright State (5-2) on March 16, 2019. 
•     Iowa is 34-32 all-time against Michigan State. The Hawkeyes spoiled the Spartans’ “Senior Day” a year ago in East Lansing by the score of 5-2.

•     The Wolverines enter this weekend’s action 15-6 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten.
•      Michigan boasts three ranked singles players, No. 64 Mattais Siima, No. 110 Myles Schalet, and No. 112 Andrew Fenty.
•     Head coach Adam Steinberg is in his fifth season at the helm and has taken the Wolverines to three straight NCAA tournaments. 
•     Michigan owns a 54-7 record against Iowa, winning last year’s contest in Ann Arbor (6-1).

•     The Redbirds are 12-11 overall, losing their last five matches.
•     Iowa is 23-2 all-time against Illinois State, which includes a 7-0 win in Iowa City in 2014.

•      Iowa is one win from matching its highest Big Ten win total in 21 years (five in 1998).
•     The Hawkeyes are 6-1 in matches this season that are decided by the score, 4-3. 
•      Iowa is 7-1 in Friday matches this spring. 
•      Will Davies and Oliver Okonkwo are ranked 67th nationally in doubles.
•       Senior Jonas Larsen will be playing in his final home match Sunday against Illinois State. Larsen is one doubles victory away from sitting alone in seventh place in career doubles wins as a Hawkeye. 
•       Larsen enters this weekend having won 56 matches over his four-year career, a total that ties for eighth most in program history.

Fans can follow the Hawkeyes all season long and receive live match updates on Facebook ( and Twitter (@IowaMensTennis). Fans can also get a behind the scenes look on Instagram (iowamenstennis). 

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.

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