The Iowa Hawkeyes officially won the Cy-Hawk Series when the women’s tennis team beat Iowa State 4-1 this past weekend in Iowa City.
With an Iowa Hawkeyes women’s 4-1 tennis victory over the Iowa State Cyclones Friday night, the Hawks officially claimed their seventh Cy-Hawk Series victory.
While this outcome was likely after the swimming & diving teams knocked off Iowa State’s to make the series 13-6, it wasn’t until Friday when it became officially in the bag.
The undefeated women’s tennis team took down Iowa State’s team 3-2 for the 38th consecutive time in Iowa City when the women won all four singles matches and won one of three doubles matches.
Iowa’s seventh win ties them with Iowa State in the series history at 7-7-1, and it stops Iowa State’s winning streak promptly at one as the Cyclones managed to claim the title 14-13 last year.
There are still three competitions remaining in this years’ series with women’s gymnastics taking place March 1st, women’s softball taking place April 10th, and the academic portion of the competition finishing up at the conclusion of the school year.
The gymnastics meet will be an interesting match with the Iowa Hawkeyes women’s team sitting at 2-5 and the Iowa State women’s team currently 6-3 it would appear that the Cyclones would have the edge. The Iowa women, however, have been painfully close losing all five matches by less than two points. Also, the one common opponent these two have, Michigan provided a similar challenge to both schools. Iowa State fell to Michigan in early January 196.050 to 194.275 while the Hawks fell to Michigan this weekend 197.350 to 195.375.
Similarly, the Cyclones will likely have the edge in softball as well. The Cyclones are coming off a 22-33 season where they were 75th in RPI whereas the Hawks finished 2018 21-32 and ranked 111th in RPI. Both teams, however, are off to poor starts this season with the Cyclones dropping four of five games this past weekend and the Hawks dropping three of four games. Granted, Iowa’s losses were much worse.
Fortunately, if Iowa were to drop either of those, it wouldn’t matter in the grand scheme of things.
For another year, Iowa is a Hawkeye state, as it should be.