We're coming up on the worst part of the sports calendar. Still a few months away from Saturdays at Kinnick and only a week or two left in most spring sports. Luckily, Iowa athletics continues to push the pace and is making waves in multiple sports. Phenomenal seasons inevitably end, but Iowa is doing all it can to make those ends memorable.
- The Iowa women's tennis team did not compete in the postseason, but freshman phenom Alexa Noel qualified for the individual championships. She won her first match in three sets, becoming the first Hawkeye to qualify for the second round since 2006, before ultimately falling in three sets in the second round.
- Noel dominated the first set of her second round match against LSU's Paris Corley, but looked to roll her ankle near the start of the second set. She taped it up and persevered through the pain, but fell 3-6 in the second set. She fought back from and early deficit in the third to tie it at 5-5, but wasn't able to pull out the win, eventually falling 5-7.
- Noel's season was nothing short of spectacular, even moreso when you consider she's only a freshman. Noel went undefeated through the Big Ten season playing on the #1 court and reached a national ranking as high as #13. She earned an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships and All-America honors -- becoming Iowa's first-ever All-American in program history. A fluky injury and stiff competition ended her run, but it doesn't take away from all that she accomplished throughout the year. Congratulations to Noel on a phenomenal season.
- The men's team also had individual competitors qualify for the NCAA championships in the form of doubles tandem Will Davies and Oliver Okonkwo. The duo put up a good fight in the first set against a team out of UNC, but ultimately fell 7-6 (9-7), 6-2.
- Davies and Okonkwo have the (sad) distinction of being the final competitors in the history of Iowa men's tennis, as the team is being discontinued following this season.
- Iowa's men's golf team competed in the NCAA Regionals last week, finishing 11th.
- The team's top scorer was Mac McClear who shot a (+3) on the weekend, highlighted by a 3rd round 68.
- The team finishes their successful season with multiple accolades, including Big Ten Coach of the Year, Big Ten Golfer of the Year, and a 1st-team All-Big Ten selection. The postseason performance may not have lived up to the team's expectations, but there's no doubting the success the team had throughout the year.
Thanks for being a Hawkeye, Alex Schaake!— Iowa Hawkeye Golf (@IowaHawkeyeGolf) May 20, 2021
Big Ten Golfer of the Year (2019, 2021)
First-team All-Big Ten (2019, 2021)
Big Ten Les Bolstad Award for Lowest Average (2019)
Big Ten All-Championship Team (2021)
NCAA All-Midwest Region (2018, 2019) pic.twitter.com/UuFZqnA42X
- The Hawkeye baseball team dropped two of three games over the weekend to the Northwestern Wildcats. The Hawks sit squarely on the bubble heading into the final weekend of the season and will need a strong performance in the final week of the season to have a shot at making the NCAA Tournament.
- The weekend started with a commanding 6-1 win. Trenton Wallace provided six shutout innings and Iowa got a 2-run homer from Austin Martin in the 5th that proved to be the winning runs.
- The second game of the series was a tight, back and forth affair, but Iowa gave up two runs in the 8th inning and wasn't able to battle all the way back to tie it in the 9th. Northwestern scored three in the first inning, but Iowa clawed back to tie it in the 7th. They put up one run in the ninth but weren't able to find the tying run.
- Iowa again dug themselves an early hole in the rubber match. They fell behind 4-0 after the 2nd inning before ultimately losing 8-6. The Hawks continued their comeback trend, tying the game at 6-6 after seven innings. The Wildcats sent a walk-off shot off the left-field foul pole to claim the win in the ninth.
- The postseason is anything but guaranteed for these Hawkeyes as it stands. Hopefully, they can put together a big weekend against Michigan State and find their way into the tournament.