Iowa prepares for pair of away matches

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 18, 2014 5:00 AM

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It will be a David and Goliath story if the Iowa men’s tennis team can pull off a win in either one of its away matches this weekend. The Hawkeyes will conclude regular-season conference play against No. 1 Ohio State at 6p.m. today and then No. 22 Penn State at noon April 20.

Iowa closed its season at home against No. 35 Northwestern on April 13. Following a series of tight matches, the Hawkeyes ultimately dropped the dual in a 5-2 decision, recording their ninth-consecutive loss on the season and fifth-straight defeat at home.

Ohio State (16-3, 9-0) is undefeated in the Big Ten, most recently posting a 4-3 win over No. 28 Purdue — a team Iowa lost to, 5-2, in a pair of decisive matches on April 4. Peter Kobelt, ranked seventh nationally, will help lead the Buckeyes. Kobelt and teammate Kevin Metka make up the No. 3 nationally ranked doubles team.

Penn State (19-4, 6-3) dropped its most recent two matches against Purdue (6-1) and No. 59 Indiana (4-2) last weekend. Earlier in the season, the Lions fell to the Buckeyes by a final score of 5-2.

— by Jordan Bucher

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