The University of Iowa women’s tennis team opens its 2023 spring season this weekend at Charlotte on Friday and at Furman on Sunday. Friday’s match will start at 1 p.m. (ET) at LifeTime Fitness in Charlotte, while Sunday’s match will begin at 11 a.m. (ET) at the Mickel Tennis Center in Greenville, South Carolina.
Two of the six Hawkeyes that competed at the NIU Huskie Winter Invitational went undefeated in singles play: Marisa Schmidt and Daianne Hayashida. Schmidt beat Doroteja Joksovic of Marshall (2-6, 6-4, 10-7) to win Flight 1, while Hayashida won in straight sets over DePaul’s Eleanor Nobbs (6-4, 6-2) in Flight 2. The team registered a total of 20 wins in doubles and singles, going undefeated in doubles play in the quarterfinals. The teams of Marisa Schmidt/Anya Lamoreaux and Dai Hayashida/Barbora Pokorna went 3-1 on the weekend, while Pia Kranholdt/Sam Mannix went 2-2.
Freshman Daianne Hayashida and Pia Kranholdt, and senior transfer Anya Lamoreaux are all making their spring debut for the Hawkeyes.
• Hayashida, who is from Peru, was a Fed Cup Group II American Zone Champion. She won the gold medal in doubles and earned bronze in singles at the 2021 Pan American Games that took place December 2021. Hayashida was the South American Champion at 12 and 14-years old, as well as a finalist at 16. She placed seventh at the World Cup in the Czech Republic when she was 14-years old.
• Kranholdt, a native from Germany, was one of the top junior tennis players from Germany. She had a Top 100 German Women’s Open Ranking. Kranholdt won a doubles title at the German Junior Nationals. She won multiple Women’s Open tournaments with victories over several players inside the Top 100. Her high school team won the German national title and represented Germany at the World Championships.
• Lamoreaux transferred to Iowa after three seasons at the University of Utah. During her time with the Utes, she amassed 35 singles wins and 32 doubles victories in dual match competition. Lamoreaux tied for a team high with eight singles wins as a junior in 2021. Lamoreaux won a single-season best 12 singles matches, including going 8-1 in dual match competition, and 14 doubles matches as a sophomore. An ITA Scholar Athlete and Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll honoree, Lamoreaux beat No. 103 ranked Danielle Wilson of USC in straight sets on March 4, 2022, to help Utah record its first-ever victory over the Trojans in program history.
• Charlotte opened its season last weekend, splitting a pair of matches. The 49ers swept Charleston Southern, 4-0, but lost to No. 6 Duke, 4-0.
• Friday will be the first meeting between Iowa and Charlotte.
• The doubles duos of Margaux Maquet/Lucia Quiterioare and Kaavya Sawhney/Ruxi Schechare are nationally ranked No. 21 and No. 57, respectively.
• Eight of 10 athletes on Charlotte’s roster are international.
• Furman opened its season last weekend with a 7-0 loss to No. 6 Duke.
• The series record between Iowa and Furman is tied, 1-1. The Hawkeyes beat Furman, 6-1, in 2007, but most recently fell to Paladins, 5-2, in 2019.
• Six of seven athletes on Furman’s roster are underclassmen (five sophomores; one freshman).
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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.