March 2015

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113 over Freddie McGeehan (6-1, 4-6, 6-4), giving Iowa a 4-3 victory. A freshman from Greece, Leeris eodoro, has also provided a spark to the Hawkeye line-up, posting a 6-2 record. "Our freshmen have handled the pressure well," Wilson said. "is was something that they were told in the recruiting process. When they come here, they are going to be expected to win right away. ey've done well. We have had matches come down to Jacoby at the No. 6 position and Silverstein at the No. 5 position and they responded. We couldn't ask for anything more." e Hawkeyes host Drake (Feb. 27) and Louisiana-Lafayette (Feb. 28) before starting the always competitive Big Ten Schedule on March 20 when they head to Minnesota. "ere are no easy matches on our schedule and that can be indicated by our scores," said Wilson. "Our guys aren't used to going and winning matches, 6-1 or 7-0. ey are getting used to being in a dogfight every match and that was done on purpose. at is why we have put these nonconference teams on our schedule. As soon as we get to the Big Ten season, it is going to be close matches for five or six weeks straight and that prepares us for dealing with the pressure moments. Hopefully, we get some big wins moving forward." T he University of Iowa men's tennis squad is 7-1 aer eight challenging matches this spring. e team has knocked off No. 54 Utah, Brigham Young, Yale, and Wichita State. "e season has gone well so far," said UI head coach Ross Wilson. "To be 7-1 at this point is great. e best thing the guys have done is compete in every match. Even when we're not playing our best, we hang around and good things happen." Junior Dominic Patrick has come on of late and he is currently 5-0 in singles. Patrick was a No. 5 position player for the Hawkeyes last season; this spring he has been playing a majority of the time at No. 2. "Patrick is a guy who has surprised us, being unbeaten at the No. 2 spot," said Wilson. "We hope he can keep improving and winning." Iowa has been led by senior Matt Hagan who is ranked 98th by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Hagan provides the veteran leadership, but the youth of the Hawkeyes have stepped up and produced so far in the spring. Jake Jacoby is 6-2 in singles competition and won the match that clinched the win against Brigham Young. With the match tied 3-3, it came down to the freshman. Josh Silverstein is also 6-2 in singles and he, too, has provided a match-winner for Iowa. Against No. 54 Utah, Silverstein was able to register a win MARCH SCHEDULE March 16 at San Diego State March 20 at Minnesota March 22 at Wisconsin March 27 at Michigan March 29 at Michigan State

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