Jan. 22, 2013
The University of Iowa men's tennis team opens its spring season by hosting a pair of matches at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex. The Hawkeyes face Illinois State at 4:30 p.m. Friday before squaring off against Loyola Marymount at 11 a.m. Sunday. Live results can be found at tennis.hawkeyesports.com. The live results link can also be found on the men's tennis team schedule page of hawkeyesports.com
DIERCKX SHINES IN FALL SEASON
Junior Jonas Dierckx was the highlight of the fall semester for the Hawkeyes. Jonas collected nine singles victories, which improved his career total to 42 career wins. Dierckx won two consolation brackets during the fall season at the Penn Invitational and Big Ten Indoor Championships.
DUNN RETURNS AS LONE SENIOR
Senior Garrett Dunn returns to anchor the Iowa lineup, as the Tempe, Ariz., native is the lone senior on the roster. Dunn was Iowa's Most Valuable Player in 2012 after posting a 10-10 dual record and leading the Hawkeyes with five Big Ten victories. Dunn posted two singles and one doubles win during the fall season, giving him 72 career victories (31 singles/41 doubles) as a Hawkeye.
In the fall, the Hawkeyes posted a 36-54 overall record in singles play. Junior Jonas Dierckx led the team with nine singles victories to only four losses. Freshman Dominic Patrick was in second with seven singles victories. In doubles action, junior Chase Tomlins saw the most success, collecting six doubles victories. Iowa went 14-17 in doubles play overall in the fall season.
HEAD COACH Steve Houghton
Steve Houghton, the dean of Big Ten tennis coaches, is in his 32nd year as head coach of the Hawkeyes. He has compiled a career record of 332-363 (.478), recording the most wins of any coach in Iowa men's tennis history.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Steve Houghton
"This will be a challenging weekend to open the spring season with two top teams coming to Iowa City. We lost a tight match to Illinois State last year in Normal and Loyola Marymount is a traditionally strong team. This weekend will be a completely new experience for Juan Estenssoro, who is now eligible to play, and Dominic Patrick who has yet to experience dual matches."