Match Notes: Hawkeyes Host Louisville, No. 16 Cornell

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The No. 28 University of Iowa men’s tennis team will host Louisville on Friday at 5 p.m. (CT) and No. 16 Cornell on Sunday at 11 a.m. (CT). Both matches will take place at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex. Admission is free to the public.

•     The Hawkeyes swept their competition with wins over No. 50 VCU (4-3) and Nebraska (5-2) last weekend at the HTRC. Iowa improved to 8-1 at home. 

•     The Cardinals enter this week’s action with a 9-4 record, last beating Xavier on Tuesday (4-0).  
•     The Louisville lineup features Tin Chen, who is ranked No. 91 nationally in singles.
•     The Hawkeyes are 2-0 all-time against the Cardinals, dating back to 1990, when Iowa won (4-3) in Iowa City. 

•     The Big Red enter this week 7-1 overall and will play at Drake on Friday before traveling to Iowa on Sunday.
•     The Big Red are 33-5 this season in singles matches.
•     Cornell leads the all-time series with Iowa, 4-1. The Big Red won last year’s contest in New York (5-2). The Hawkeyes beat Cornell (4-2) in 2016 in New Jersey.

•    Redshirt senior Kareem Allaf is ranked a career-best No. 51 in the country.
•    Will Davies and Oliver Okonkwo are ranked 12th nationally in doubles.
•    Allaf is tied for the second most singles wins in a program history (84). 
•    Allaf is second in school history with 143 combined singles and doubles victories. He needs 17 wins to catch Tyler Cleveland (160). 
•    Two Hawkeyes own 10 or more singles wins (Allaf and Davies). Davis has won 10 straight singles matches, setting a new career high.
•    Davies is one win away from tying Allaf for 10th on Iowa’s career Top 10 list in doubles victories (58). 

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 sixth season as head coach and seventh year with the Iowa men’s tennis program.

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