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PlaySight/ITA Men's Match of the Week

The Iowa Hawkeyes host a doubleheader at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex

Date: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
Time: 12 and 6 p.m. CT
Location: Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.
Teams Playing: Western Michigan Broncos and Creighton Bluejays at Iowa Hawkeyes.

Hawkeyes head coach Ross Wilson enters his third season with the team, and he’s excited to see what his team can do this season.

"I think the guys prepared well over winter break. A number of them played tournaments and I know all of them practiced a lot back home. Now that they're back on campus we just want them to hit a lot of balls, get a lot of repetition, especially with their ground strokes and getting their feet going with timing. We also transitioned into playing sets at the end of last week. This week, especially, we'll be preparing for our first match on Saturday at noon."

In the season preview, Wilson also talked about how his team is utilizing PlaySight to prepare for 2017 – their first full season with SmartCourt technology to practice and play on.

"We are using it to tape practice sets, especially in singles and doubles where the coaches can go back and watch the athletes and watch the decisions they are making throughout the set. We can show them the next day at practice what they were doing well and what they need to improve on.

In doubles, it's nice because we can see if they're getting to the right spots, if they're serving to the right spots, and seeing where they're returning.

It's good for them to be able to watch themselves play and be able to make the adjustments.

It makes them a little more self-aware when they get on the court on where they need to focus. It has been a good tool and we will continue to use it and keep improving."

Western Michigan enters the weekend undefeated at 2-0 (with an impressive 27 match winning streak at home), while Creighton had to cancel their season opening matches due to bad weather conditions.

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Twitter: @IowaMensTennis | @CreightonTennis | @WMUMensTennis

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