Hawkeyes to Host Final 2 Matches

The Iowa men’s tennis team (4-10, 4-8) returns to Iowa City for the program’s final two home matches. The Hawkeyes will entertain No. 14 Illinois on Friday (1 p.m.) and 45th-ranked Northwestern on Sunday (noon). Both matches will be contested at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex.

Fans can follow the action from every home match this season with live scoring and/or live stream via PlaySight. Click on the live links on the Iowa Men’s Tennis Schedule webpage at hawkeyesports.com.

Redshirt senior Kareem Allaf has 161 combined wins in singles and doubles, surpassing the previous program record set by Tyler Cleveland (1998-2001). Allaf has amassed 93 career singles wins and 68 doubles victories, which both rank second in school history.

The Hawkeyes are a veteran squad featuring seven upperclassmen and two freshmen. Kareem Allaf is in his sixth year in the program; Jason Kerst is a fifth-year senior, while Will Davies and Joe Tyler are in their fourth year at Iowa.

• The Fighting Illini are 14-2 overall and 11-1 in Big Ten play. Illinois has won its last 10 matches, including victories over Wisconsin (6-1) and Minnesota (5-2) last weekend.
• Four Illini are nationally ranked in singles: Zeke Clark (39), Siphosothando Montsi (43), Aleksandar Kovacevic (44), and Alex Brown (120). The doubles team of Brown/Clark is ranked 14th nationally, while Montsi/Kenyatte are ranked 46th.
• Iowa is 21-67 all-time against Illinois. The Illini beat the Hawkeyes, 7-0, earlier this season on March 5, in Champaign.

• The Wildcats are 10-5 overall, including a 9-4 mark in conference play. Northwestern has won five of its last six matches, including both matches last weekend over Minnesota (5-2) and Wisconsin (7-0)
• The doubles team of Bratholm/Brookes, who are 11-5 this season, have risen from No. 57 to seventh nationally.
• Iowa is 26-68 all-time against Northwestern. The Wildcats beat the Hawkeyes, 6-1, earlier this season on March 7, in Evanston.

• The doubles team of Oliver Okonkwo and Will Davies are ranked No. 10 nationally in the latest ITA Rankings. The Hawkeye duo are 8-3 this season on court one.
• This weekend’s opponents will be the sixth and seventh ranked opponents that the Hawkeyes will have faced since March 5.