The University of Iowa women’s tennis team remains home hosting Missouri on Friday. Match time is set for 5 p.m. (CT) at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center. Admission is free or you can follow along on StatBroadcast or Playsight, which can be found on the women’s tennis schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
The Hawkeyes are coming into their second week with two wins under their belt. Iowa defeated Marquette, 6-1, on Sunday followed by a, 6-1, win over Drake. The Hawkeyes won all six doubles matches and won 10 singles matches. Four players, senior Michelle Bacalla, sophomore Vipasha Mehra, and freshman Marisa Schmidt and Barbora Pokorna all went 2-0 in singles and in doubles.
SCHMIDT 4-0 COLLEGIATE DEBUT
Freshman Marisa Schmidt made her collegiate tennis debut going went 4-0 overall at the No. 1 and No. 2 spot in both singles and doubles. The Germany native bounced Marquette’s Andie Wiese, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot as well as Drake’s Ines Stephani, 3-6, 6-4, 10-6, at the No. 1 spot. Schmidt and her partner, Samantha Mannix went undefeated on the weekend defeating Marquette’s Desmarais/Kaiser, 6-4, at the No 2 spot, and Drake’s Petushkova/Neville, 7-5, at the No. 1 spot.
NOEL RANKED THIRD IN THE NATION
Sophomore Alexa Noel is ranked No. 3 in Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s national rankings. The rankings are a result of individual competition that took place this fall across the country. Noel’s No. 3 rankings is the highest in program history. The Summit, New Jersey, native won seven matches this fall, including notching a win over both the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked players in the nation. Noel faced top-ranked Eryn Cayetano of USC and second-ranked Sarah Hamner of South Carolina twice each this fall, going 1-1 against both players. Noel bounced Cayetano in the semifinals of the ITA All-American Championships in South Carolina and Hamner in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Fall Championships in California.
NOEL, CONFERENCE AND BIG TEN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Alexa Noel ended her freshman career, 24-1, becoming the first Hawkeye in program history to earn Big Ten Conference Player of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Noel was ranked as high as No 13 nationally, previously the highest-ranking of any player in program history.
• Noel earned the Big Ten’s Conference automatic berth and a seed at the national tournament. The seed guaranteed All-American recognition, making Noel the first All-American in program history, and the third player in program history to make the singles draw at the NCAA Championships. The New Jersey native fell in the championship to Sarah Hamner of South Carolina in the third set after she retired due to injury.
• Noel earned four Big Ten weekly honors, which ties Sonja Mionar for most in program history. Noel is the first player in program history to win the Big Ten Weekly honors for times in a season and one of three players to win the award at least three times in a career. She also is one of three players in the Big Ten Conference history to earn the weekly award four times in a single season.
Freshman Barbora Pokorna, Marisa Schmidt, and Olivia Weiss are all making their spring debut for the Hawkeyes.
• Pokorna, who is from the Czech Republic, was a singles winner at U18 regional championship, a doubles semifinalist, at the U18 National championships, a two-time doubles finalist at the U14 national championship, and nationally ranked inside the top 10 each year for players born in 2001.
• Schmidt, the native from Germany, ascended as high as No. 63 this past year in the German National Women’s Open Rankings and has been ranked in the Top 20 Junior Rankings. Schmidt is the U21 champion and women’s open-runner in the Baden-Wuerttemberg Championships.
• Weiss, born and raised in Michigan, was a five-star recruit and was ranked No. 55 in the class of 2021 nationally by tennisrecruiting.net. She won four singles and 10 doubles tournaments on the USTA national level. She competed at No. 1 singles for two years at Royal Oak High School and was a two-time all-state honoree, two-time Scholar-Athlete of the Year,
• Missouri is making their spring season debut against the Hawkeyes.
• Iowa has an overall 9-3 record against the Tigers.
• Bronte Murgett advanced to the 32nd round at the NCAA Tournament and receive a main draw invitation to ITA All-Americans. The senior also won the ITA Central Regional Tournament.
• Eight letter winners return from last year’s team, including All-American Bronte Murgett
• Missouri competed in four fall invitationals including the Milwaukee Classic, ITA All-Americans, ITA Central Regionals, and UT Martin.
• The Tigers ended their 2021 season 15-16 overall, the second-best team in program history.
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.