Iowa men’s tennis senior Matt Hagan and junior Dominic Patrick came into the Big Ten Singles/Doubles Tournament in Minneapolis as the Hawkeyes two most experiences players, and will leave as the Big Ten doubles champions.
“After the first round we gained a little confidence and really believed we could win the whole thing,” Hagan said.
The duo defeated Harry Jadun and John Patrick Mullane of Michigan State by a score of 8-4. The pair from MSU had previously knocked out Iowa freshman Josh Silverstein and Jake Jacoby in the Round of 16.
Before today, Hagan and Patrick had only played one match together in doubles — coming three weeks ago at the ITA Regional Tournament.
Hagan’s size and power has shown to compliment Patrick’s athleticism all year in practice, it was only a matter of time before results came on the court.
“We got ourselves into some tough holes in the semis and finals,” Hagan said. “But for us to overcome a little adversity and win is a great feeling.”