The No. 52 University of Iowa women’s tennis team travels to play sixth-ranked Michigan at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor on Wednesday (6 p.m. ET) in its conference opener before traveling back home to face Michigan State (5 p.m. CT) on Friday at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreational Complex in Iowa City. Admission is free to Friday’s match in Iowa City.
The Hawkeyes are 5-5 overall after splitting their matches last week. The Hawkeyes dropped their nonconference match against Wisconsin, then fought back and won their nonleague match against Minnesota. The Hawkeyes dropped the doubles point to the Badgers, as well as all singles matches except for Barbora Pokorna. Pokorna defeated her opponent, Taylor Cataldi, in three sets (1-6, 6-3, 6-4). Iowa rebounded with a victory over the Gophers, 4-1. The Gophers forfeited a doubles match and two singles matches. Mannix/Schmidt defeated their opponents Anet Koskel/Aiva Schmitz, 6-2, to secure the doubles point. In singles, Daianne Hayashida defeated Aiva Schmitz in a straight set (6-4, 6-2), and Iowa gained two more singles points due to the forfeits.
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 No. 6 Wolverines are 9-2 overall, with their only losses coming to No. 2 UNC and No. 25 Pepperdine.
• This will be Michigan’s second Big Ten match, with its first being a 4-0 win over in-state rival Michigan State.
• The Wolverines have one international player on their roster.
• Ronni Bernstein is entering her 16th season as Michigan head coach, with a collegiate coaching record of 470-162.
• The Wolverines have five ranked singles players and the second and 69th ranked doubles teams.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE
• Michigan State is 7-5 overall, including 0-1 in conference play after its recent loss to Michigan.
• Four of the 13 athletes are international players; one freshman, two sophomores and one junior.
• Michigan State has the largest team in the Big Ten at 13 athletes.
• Entering her seventh year as head coach, Kim Bruno has a record of 72-59.
• Iowa holds a 36-17 advantage in the series against Michigan State.