IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) – To have success collectively on the court docket, it helps that Iowa senior Will Davies and junior Ollie Okonkwo join so effectively off of it.
“I’m nonetheless fairly immature now however he actually helped me get like information me via that freshman 12 months,” Okonkwo mentioned. “I had some ups and downs and he’s all the time been there for me. So, sort of like an older brother I by no means had,”
Each hail from England and had by no means met till coming to Iowa. Davies, a 12 months older, knew he needed Okonkwo as a associate straight away.
“Clearly it’s simply spiraled from there and we’re now ending our third 12 months fairly robust,” Davies mentioned.
The duo have been ranked as excessive as No. 2 general in mid-April and completed the season 10-2, sufficient to earn an auto-bid to the NCAA match for the primary time in this system since 1989.
“From day one which Ollie and I began taking part in collectively, this was our primary objective,” Davies mentioned. ”Make yourselves recognized and get to the NCAAs”
Their success got here at a time with nice adversity. This system was one in all 4 minimize by the College final fall, making the nationwide match their final collegiate competitors collectively.
“It took us some time to come back to phrases with the choices made. I don’t assume anybody has any actual like angst in the direction of the powers that be, who made the choice anymore,” Davies defined.
All through the season, the workforce has kept away from sporting Hawkeye colours on their shirts in protest. As for the nationwide match, Davies and Okonkwo say that call hasn’t been made but, their focus is giving it their all.
“If we’re gonna exit, we’re gonna exit with a bang.” Okonkwo mentioned. “We need to do the very best we might even earlier than we received the information earlier this 12 months. We spoke very often over the summer time concerning the targets we had and what we wanted to do to attain them.”
The NCAA Tennis Championships will likely be held from Could 23-28 in Orlando, Florida.
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