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BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 06, 2015 5:00 AM

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Men’s tennis faces Marquette

The Iowa men’s tennis team is scheduled to take on Marquette today at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex.

Marquette is 1-3 on the year, with losses coming against Minnesota as well as Virginia Commonwealth and Virginia Tech. Marquette’s lone win on the year came against Indiana-Purdue- Indianapolis.

“With Marquette, it’s going to be a very, very competitive match,” head coach Ross Wilson said. “They’ve already played against some really good teams, and they were competitive with them.”

Although Marquette stands at 1-3, its three loses have come from teams ranked No. 34, No. 49, and No. 50.

“Marquette is going to be another solid team that we play,” senior Matt Hagan said. “They’re not ranked, but they’re going to be tough. They’re a lot like the Yale team that we just played.”

The Hawkeyes have been consistent all the way through the lineup so far this spring, and Hagan said that being competitive in slots 1 through 6 and giving their all in every match is important.

“Every match that we play, we learn something new,” Wilson said. “We are full of freshmen in our lineup, and they’re encountering things that they’re not used to.”

The Hawkeyes got back from their 1-1 road trip to Cornell and Yale on Tuesday later than had been planned, after having travel problems because of the snow.

After splitting the road trip, Hagan believes the team is stronger.

The Hawkeyes are off to a good start so far, and they will try to improve their record to 4-1 against the Golden Eagles.

“It’s always good to see different programs. Playing good Ivy League teams like Yale and Cornell helps us for matches like Marquette,” Wilson said. “Getting wins on the road is nice, but it’s always easier to play at home.”

— by Blake Dowson

Women’s swimming team ready for tune-up meet

With the Big Ten championships beginning Feb. 18, today’s home meet against Western Illinois, Northern Iowa, and South Dakota is essentially going to be a tune-up for the Iowa women’s swimming and diving team.

Coming off of a long road trip to South Bend, Indiana, for the Shamrock Invitational against Notre Dame and Incarnate Word, the team looks forward to a less intense meet against three smaller teams. 

“It’s my last meet of the year,” Iowa sprinter Lauren Leehy said. “I just want to let it all go and swim fast in a good environment.”

Because this is the last competition before the Big Tens, this is the last chance for many swimmers who aren’t competing in the Big Ten championships to swim fast and simply enjoy.

The laid-back meet also allows head coach Marc Long to play with the lineups.

“This meet is going to allow other events to shine through for the girls and just have lots of fun,” Long said. 

The swimmers are also excited about the lineup changes, which could see different athletes competing in different events. 

“It would be fun to see who’s in what and just to swim in something that isn’t your stroke,” Mekenna Scheitlin said. 

Even if the meet doesn’t carry too much weight, Big Tens are still looming.

The swimmers also have the Big Tens on their minds as well.

“We’re trying to get out there and race as best as we can while still looking forward and keeping our eyes on the Big Tens,” Scheitlin said.

— by Rod Engblom

Men’s gymnastics travels to No. 4 Illinois

The Iowa men’s gymnastics is scheduled to travel to Champaign, Illinois, on Saturday to the on the No. 4 ranked Fighting Illini.

Illinois sits behind just Penn State, Stanford, and Oklahoma in the rankings. Iowa comes into the bout ranked eighth, according to the coaches’ poll but sixth in points per meet.

The Hawkeyes are coming off a big win over Ohio State on Sunday, and they will look to keep their momentum rolling against a powerful Big Ten foe. Illinois defeated Iowa in the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 17, both teams’ first action of the season.

After scoring 414.000 in that meet, Iowa has scored more than 428.000 in its last two. The upcoming meet will begin at 4 p.m.

— by Charlie Green

Iowa women gymnastics to face No. 7 Nebraska

Iowa’s women’s gymnastics team is preparing to compete on Saturday against Nebraska at 6 p.m.
“Nebraska is a very strong team, so we have had to practice stronger,” Sydney Hoerr said. “We are going into this meet with the same mind set as we do for any other meet, and we are not focusing on scores but rather improving in the here and the now.”

Nebraska is ranked first nationally as a team on vault, 16th nationally on the bars, 19th on the beam, and tied with Iowa for 10th nationally on floor.

Iowa is ranked 20th nationally as a team on the uneven bars and 10th nationally on the floor.

“Our goal for this meet is to be confident in ourselves and our team, and be confident in our skills as a whole,” Alie Glover said.  “We have prepared hard for this meet and we are excited to show our skills this weekend.

— by Alexandria Griffin

Women’s tennis to face Iowa State, Utah State

The Iowa women’s tennis team has two games scheduled this weekend. Today, it will host Iowa State at 6 p.m., and on Saturday the Hawkeyes are set to face off against Utah State, also at home.

“These are two great opportunities against two strong teams,” head coach Katie Dougherty said. “Utah State is coming-off a big win over BYU, and Iowa State is always a great match, and it’s obviously a big deal to us with the Cy-Hawk series.

The players couldn’t be more excited to raise the level of intensity by increasing the competition.

“I think everyone is really pumped up,” senior Ellen Silver said. “We’ve been working really hard this week, and we’re ready.

“The rivalry means a lot to all of us. We want it.”

Though she is not native of Iowa, the passion of the Cy-Hawk series has infected Shelby Talcott.

“It’s become big to all of us,” she said. “This is where we are and what we want to represent. At the end of the day it’s Hawkeye Nation.”

— by Josh Hicks


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