The University of Iowa women’s tennis team travels to Chicago on Tuesday to compete against DePaul at the XS Tennis Village before traveling back home to host sixth-ranked Iowa State on Friday in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series match. The Hawkeyes will challenge the Blue Demons on Tuesday at noon, followed by the Cyclones on Friday at 5 p.m.
The Hawkeyes, who are 4-2 overall, split a pair of matches last time out against Oregon and Saint Mary’s. The Hawkeyes fell to Oregon, 4-1, after losing the doubles point and dropping three singles matches. Daianne Hayashide registered a point for Iowa after winning against Karin Young (7-5, 1-6, 6-2). The Hawkeyes were able to respond and beat Saint Mary’s, 5-2, despite dropping the doubles point to start. The Hawkeyes came back in singles with wins on every court except court six. Vipasha Mehra and Barbora Pokorna both recorded straight set wins against their opponents. Mehra defeated Olivia Rook (6-4, 6-2), while Pokorna bounced Yu Dong (6-1, 6-1).
FORMER HAWKEYE RETURNS
Former Hawkeye Elise van Heuvelen Treadwell was hired in December as assistant coach. Van Heuvelen Treadwell joins the Hawkeye coaching staff after serving as an assistant coach at Delaware since January 2022. She began her coaching career the Fall 2021 semester as a volunteer assistant coach with the Hawkeyes.
Van Heuvelen Treadwell concluded her Hawkeye career in the spring of 2021, as one of the most decorated women’s tennis student-athletes in Iowa and Big Ten history. Achieving an individual rank within the top-100 nationally in both singles and doubles, Van Heuvelen Treadwell ranks second all-time at Iowa with 180 combined wins. She was named first-team All-Big Ten five times and was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2017.
In her final year, Van Heuvelen Treadwell earned the ITA Central Region Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award. The East Sussex, England, native was also named the ITA Central Regional Senior Player of the Year in 2020 and was the ITA Summer National Doubles Champion in 2019.
• The Blue Demons are 1-5 overall, opening their season with a win over Lamar.
• Seven of their eight athletes are international, with the other hailing from Orlando.
• Six of the eight are upperclassmen; four being graduate students, one a junior, and one a senior.
• DePaul’s head coach, Marisa Arce, is in her fourth year as head coach, previously coaching at IUPUI.
• Arce’s team has won the ITA Academic Award 14 years in a row.
SCOUTING IOWA STATE
• The Cyclones are 8-2 overall and are currently tied for the sixth in the national ranking.
• Iowa State recently notched wins over four other ranked foes, including an upset over top-ranked Texas, 4-1.
• Iowa State’s roster is comprised of three nationally ranked singles players, and three nationally ranked doubles teams.
• All eight Cyclones on the squad are international players.
• Iowa State’s head coach, Boomer Saia, is in his fifth year of being head coach, and has led the team to the longest home winning streak in school history.