Hawk tennis pulls off tourney upset

Hawk tennis pulls off tourney upset

After a first-round Big Ten Tournament win against 58th-ranked Indiana on Thursday, the Iowa men’s tennis team suddenly has a bit of life.

The Hawkeyes struggled in conference play this season, tallying just one victory over a Big Ten opponent. Even Iowa head coach Ross Wilson seemed to believe the season was beyond saving.

“The great thing about our team right now is guys are pretty disappointed with our season, but they’re already talking about what they’re going to do in the off-season,” he said in a release prior to the Big Ten Tournament. “We’ll have everybody back on campus all summer practicing with me and our assistant coaches.”

Iowa certainly doesn’t have an easy path. The Hawkeyes were the No. 12 seed in the tournament, and the upset victory over a solid Hoosiers team was unexpected.

Lefteris Theodorou, Robin Haden, Jake Jacoby, and Dominic Patrick all tallied singles victories for Iowa. The doubles team of Josh Silverstein/Theodorou and that of Nils Hallestrand/Patrick also came out victorious to snare the doubles point.

The Hawkeyes won, 4-1, and get No. 28 Michigan today. The Wolverines beat Iowa, 4-0, on April 22, and it will be a tall task for Iowa to grab a win.

Regardless, the team is still excited for a chance to compete.

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