The University of Iowa men’s tennis team will host Middle Tennessee (6 p.m.) on Friday and Wichita State (2 p.m.) Sunday at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex. Admission is free to the public.
LAST TIME OUT:
• The Hawkeyes notched their fifth consecutive victory in a 4-0 shutout over in-state rival Drake last Saturday. Iowa has beaten the Bulldogs the last two seasons.
MIDDLE TENNESSEE BREAKDOWN:
• The Bulldogs enter this weekend’s action with a 9-1 record after defeating Big Ten foe Indiana, 4-2.
• Head Coach Jimmy Borendame is in his 10th season with the Blue Raiders and owns a 151-98 all-time record.
• Iowa is 1-1 all-time against Middle Tennessee, last beating the Blue Raiders in 2008, in a neutral site contest (4-2).
WICHITA STATE BREAKDOWN:
• The Shockers enter this weekend 7-3 overall after winning back-to-back road matches at Creighton (5-1) and Kansas City (5-1).
• Iowa is 5-0 all-time against Wichita State, last beating the Shockers in 2016, in Wichita, (4-3).
• Redshirt senior Kareem Allaf is ranked a personal-best No. 53 in the country.
• Will Davies and Oliver Okonkwo are ranked 10th nationally in doubles; it’s the highest ranking of any Hawkeye tandem ever.
• Allaf owns the third most singles wins in a program history (79).
• Allaf is now tied for second in school history with 134 combined singles and doubles victories.
• Three Hawkeyes own a 5-1 record in singles (Allaf, Davies, and Tyler).
• Junior Will Davies is two doubles victories from cracking Iowa’s career Top 10 list.
• 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.
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 sixth season as head coach and seventh year with the Iowa men’s tennis program.