Men's tennis eyes bright future


What to know:

The Iowa men’s tennis team experienced one of its better seasons in recent years in 2015 — the Hawkeyes were ranked in the top 75 the last 10 weeks of the season. It was also the first year under interim head coach Ross Wilson, who expects to be back next season.

Whom to know:

The Hawkeyes graduated two seniors in 2015, losing a big part of the team’s production. Andres Estenssoro and Matt Hagan are gone from the program after four years of service. Hagan was Iowa’s No. 1 player in 2015 and was ranked nationally throughout the entire year. He was named first-team All-Big Ten following the season. Estenssoro saw his role expand toward the end of the season because of injuries to the lineup.

Iowa returns five key parts of its lineup. Senior Dom Patrick will be heir to the leadership role, with four talented sophomores in Lefteris Theodorou, Josh Silverstein, and Jake Jacoby joining him. All were in the starting lineup throughout the year in 2015. Junior Nils Hallestrand, who saw time in the Big Ten tournament last season, will also return for the Hawkeyes.

Looking forward:

Despite the loss of Hagan, the Hawkeyes are poised to have an even bigger season in 2015-16. The talented group of now-sophomores has a year under their belt and should take a big step forward. As the sophomores go, so goes the team, and if they compete to the level they are capable of, the Hawkeyes could be a top-five Big Ten team.

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