Nov. 3, 2003
THIS WEEK: The Iowa women's tennis team will travel to Madison, WI for the Badger Blast Tourney Friday and Saturday. The Hawkeyes will compete against Wisconsin Friday starting at 4 p.m. and against Northwestern Saturday at 10 a.m. Competition will take place at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
THE COMPETITION: Northwestern ended last season ranked 18th in the nation and won the Big Ten Championship. Wisconsin finished the season ranked 62nd in the nation.
THE HAWKEYES: Competing for the Hawkeyes are senior Jennifer Hodgman, junior Jenny Schulte, sophomore Chelsea Glynn, and freshmen Hilde Jansma, Hillary Mintz, Hilary Tyler and Megan Racette. This will be the first competition of the fall season for Schulte and Glynn.
LAST TOURNAMENT: The Hawkeyes competed at the ITA Midwest Regionals. Mintz and Racette advanced to the main singles draw. Mintz finished with a 3-1 record in the tournament while Racette went 4-1. Hodgman was the Iowa's next best finisher with a 2-1 record.
QUOTING COACH WARDLAW: "The Wisconsin Invite serves as the perfect finish to our fall competition - just enough play, but in a team format. Playing a team format against two of the top teams in the Big Ten puts us in a team mode. We'll have a clear picture of where we are as we head into the spring season."
HEAD COACH WARDLAW: Paul Wardlaw is in his seventh season as head coach of the Iowa women's tennis program. Wardlaw has compiled a record of 69-66 (.511) and a career record of 319-141 (.693). Under his direction, the Hawkeyes have made three NCAA tournament appearances.