IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa men’s tennis team received its highest national ranking in program history on Wednesday, checking in at No. 23 in this week’s ITA Division I National Rankings. The Hawkeyes, who are the third highest ranked team in the Big Ten, are currently riding a seven-match win streak, its longest streak in 29 years.
Three student-athletes are also ranked, Kareem Allaf, is ranked No. 61 in singles, while the doubles team of Will Davies/Oliver Okonkwo remained at No. 10.
Allaf is second in school history in combined singles and doubles victories (136). He owns the third most singles victories in school history (80). The redshirt senior is the ninth highest ranked singles player among Big Ten student-athletes.
Davies/Okonkwo’s No. 10 doubles ranking is the highest in school history, besting their own record from the final fall rankings (No. 16). This spring, the tandem boasts a convincing victory over the No. 20 tandem from Middle Tennessee and the No. 41 doubles team from Western Michigan. Davies/Okonkwo are the third highest ranked doubles team in the Big Ten.
QUOTING MELLECKER FAMILY HEAD COACH ROSS WILSON
“It’s nice to be ranked inside the Top 25 for the first time in program history. Our team knows it’s early in the year and we have a lot of tennis to be played, but we are happy with the start of our season.”
Iowa hits the road this weekend to take on Utah on Friday at 2 p.m. (MT) and No. 35 Denver on Sunday at 11 a.m. (MT). Fans can follow for results and updates from @iowamenstennis on Instagram, @IowaMensTennis on Twitter.