Hawkeyes Host Texas Tech in Home Opener

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The University of Iowa men’s tennis team will host three matches this weekend starting with Texas Tech on Thursday night at 6 p.m. (CT). On Saturday, the Hawkeyes will face a doubleheader against Western Michigan (11 a.m) and Creighton (4 p.m.) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center. Admission is free for all matches.

• The Red Raiders return seven student-athletes from last season’s squad.
• Seniors Thomson/Wynn were ranked as the No. 2 doubles team in the country for a portion of the fall season.
• Texas Tech owns a 3-1 advantage over the Hawkeyes; Iowa’s last win against the Red Raiders (4-3) was Jan. 28, 2017, in Lubbock.

• The Broncos enter this weekend’s action 2-0 and will face Drake on Friday before facing Iowa on Saturday.
• Western Michigan was selected in the preseason to win the MAC for the third consecutive season under head coach Dave Morin.
• In his 23rd season, Morin has collected the most wins in program history (404).
• Iowa is 13-9 all-time against Western Michigan; Iowa’s last win came last year in Iowa City, 6-1.

• The Bluejays feature a veteran roster, eight of its nine student-athlers are upperclassmen.
• Head coach Tom Lilly is in his 22nd season with the program.
• Iowa is 6-0 all-time against Creighton dating back to 2011. Iowa has also never surrendered a point to the Bluejays.

• Senior Kareem Allaf is ranked a personal-best No. 60 in the country.
• Will Davies and Oliver Okonkwo are ranked 16th nationally in doubles; its the highest ranking a doubles team has ever had in program history.
• The Hawkeyes are coming off one of its best seasons in 20 years, finishing fifth in the Big Ten and knocking off three ranked Big Ten foes.
• Lloyd Bruce-Burgess joined Ross Wilson’s staff last week as the assistnat men’s tennis coach. He was previously with the University of South Florida.

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).

Ross Wilson, a former two-time NCAA All-American and three-time ITA national doubles champion at Ohio State, is in his sixth season as head coach and seventh year with the Iowa men’s tennis program.

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