IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its final men’s tennis rankings, which include the University of Iowa at No. 43 nationally and No. 4 in the Central Region. The national and regional ranking is the highest final team ranking in program history.
Iowa won 18 matches in 2019, the most for the program since 1991. The Hawkeyes totaled six wins to tie for fifth place in the Big Ten standings, the best conference finish since 1993.
Individually, the doubles duo of Will Davies and Oliver Okonkwo finished the season ranked seventh in the Central Region. The pair won 16 matches on courts one and two combined this past spring, which ties for sixth all-time in dual meet competition at Iowa. The duo posted three wins over ranked opponents, including a program-best win over No. 8 Nemeth/De La Basse of Penn State.
Kareem Allaf was also regionally ranked in singles, coming in at No. 10. The redshirt junior was a second team All-Big Ten honoree, winning 12 singles matches, including 11 on court one. In the fall, Allaf won six straight singles matches, including victories over No. 39 and No. 45 ranked opponents, to become only the third Hawkeye to claim the ITA Central Regional Singles Championship.
Iowa will return seven letterwinners from this year’s team in 2019-20.