THIS WEEK FOR THE HAWKEYES
The University of Iowa women’s tennis team starts Big Ten play with a trip to East Lansing, Michigan, to face Michigan State on Sunday at 9 a.m (CT) at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
QUOTING HEAD COACH SASHA SCHMID
“Michigan State is a great team. It’s a really big challange for us to start the Big Ten season on the road against them. They have had some nice wins already, and I think it is going to be a really great match. If history is any indication, I think we have gone 4-3 ever since i’ve been here at Iowa with Michigan State. I think it will be a great competitive road battle, we need to really rest up and work hard this week so we can go to East Lansing with some confidence.”
TAKING ON THE SPARTANS
This is the 50th meeting between Iowa and Michigan State. Iowa leads the all-time series, 32-17.
Spartan’s 2020 Record: 8-4
Series Record: 32-17
First Meeting: 1980 (Iowa 7-2)
Last Meeting: 2019 (MSU 3-4)
The Hawkeyes have made the Big Ten tournament in two out of three years under Sasha Schmid. Last year’s win over Indiana was the first Big Ten Tournament win for the Hawkeyes since 2014. Three Hawkeyes had .500-plus records in Big Ten play last year: Michelle Bacalla (6-5), Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell (6-5), and Ashleigh Jacobs (5-5).
Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell was named the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week on March 3, her second career weekly honor and first for Iowa since she won the award in 2017. She is 9-1 the best 10-match start to her career and the best start for a Hawkeye since Sonja Molnar went 11-1 in 2010.
TWICE AS NICE
Danielle Bauers and Ashleigh Jacobs lead Iowa with six doubles wins, four of which have come together. They led the team in the fall with a 4-2 record, and were 2-2 playing together last season. The Hawkeyes are 4-0 this season when winning the doubles point.
LEADING THE WAY
The Hawkeyes are led by senior Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell, a three-time All-Big-Ten selection. Van Heuvelen Treadwell has a chance to become just the fourth Hawkeye ever to be a four-time selection (Laura Dvorak 1992-95, Toni Neykova 1999-2002, and Sonja Molnar 2009-12). She leads Iowa with a 9-1 singles record at the No. 1 position and has six wins in a row.
FOLLOW THE HAWKEYES
Fans can follow the Iowa women’s tennis team on facebook and via twitter @Iowa_Tennis. Results from this weekend will be available on the Iowa women’s tennis schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.