Year: Senior
City/State: Hamburg, Germany
High School: Gymnasium Buckhorn
Experience: High School


Honors & Awards

  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2014)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2014)
  • ITA Scholar Athlete (2011, 2012)
  • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2014)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2012, 2013; Spring 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll (2010)
  • Big 12 Commissioner’s Spring Honor Roll (2011)
  • Nebraska Herman Team GPA Award (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)

2013-14: Senior
Maike Zeppernick (pronounced MIKE-ah ZEP-er-nik) finished her career with the Huskers as a strong leader and important role model for the team as the lone senior of 2014. Zeppernick played the season at the No. 4, 5 and 6 singles as well as the No. and 3 doubles, partnering with Izabella Zgierska throughout. She finished 19-11 overall for singles with a 15-7 mark in the spring going 6-4 in Big Ten play. Added into this impressive record was her 11-match winning streak that spanned from February 14 against Eastern Michigan through March 28 against Michigan State. In doubles, Zeppernick ended 2014 at 9-15 overall with a 8-10 spring showing and 2-6 in the Big Ten. 

Off the court, Zeppernick earned academic All-Big Ten honors for the third straight year, while helping the team claim its fourth straight Herman Award. She was also named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and captured a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2014. She earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both the fall and spring semesters of 2013-14.

2012-13: Junior
Zeppernick was the lone junior playing for the Huskers and saw limited action during the regular season. A native of Hamburg, Germany, Zeppernick played at No. 5 and 6 singles and No. 2 and 3 doubles.

Zeppernick completed 11 singles matches and five doubles matches in the spring. She earned an 8-8 singles record on the year with a 7-4 spring mark and a 2-2 Big Ten record. Her last completed match for NU came on April 14 against Michaela Silesova of Michigan State resulting in a 6-1, 6-2 victory. Zeppernick was 1-0 at No. 5 singles in the spring and collected a 6-4 mark at the No. 6 spot.

Zeppernick posted a 3-4 doubles record, including 3-2 on the spring and lost her only Big Ten match. The loss was on Feb. 2 at the No. 3 position with partner Maggy Lehmicke, falling to Gabby Steele and Grainne O’Neill of Ohio State.

The last match Zeppernick played on the doubles court was on Feb. 17 with teammate Lauren Wagner at the No. 3 spot. They were defeated by Mollie Cooper and Abby Stevens of Colorado State 7-8 (4-7).

Zeppernick partnered with four different teammates throughout the season. She was 0-3 when paired with Wagner, 1-0 with Zgierska, and 1-1 with Lehmicke, all at No. 3 doubles. She was 1-0 at No. 2 doubles with Janine Weinreich.

2011-12: Sophomore
The lone sophomore on Nebraska’s eight-player roster, Zeppernick provided depth for the Huskers in 2011-12. She finished with a 14-7 singles record in her second season at NU, including an 11-4 mark during the spring campaign. She posted a 4-2 record at the No. 6 spot in Big Ten competition, with her last appearance coming in a straight-set win over Michigan’s Kristen Dodge on April 13. She also defeated Purdue’s Gisella Pere on April 7, and notched Big Ten wins over Iowa’s Ellen Silver and Ohio State’s Tiffany Dittmer. Zeppernick suffered Big Ten losses to Penn State’s Nina Sertic and Indiana’s Kayla Fujimoto.

On the doubles court, Zeppernick went 7-3 at the No. 3 spot on the year, including 6-1 in spring action. She paired with Izabella Zgierska for a perfect 4-0 record and notched a 2-1 mark with Jennifer Holmberg. During the fall season, Zeppernick paired with Janine Weinreich for a 1-2 doubles record.

Zeppernick was also a solid performer in the classroom, where she was one of seven Huskers to claim academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012

2010-11: Freshman
Zeppernick established her place in Nebraska’s lineup by the open of conference play in 2011. She appeared at the No. 5 and 6 singles positions and compiled a 12-6 record during the spring. Zeppernick was also a consistent part of the doubles lineup, playing primarily at the No. 3 position. She went 5-3 while pairing with Jennifer Holmberg, and added a 4-3 mark alongside Patricia Veresova at the No. 3 doubles spot.

Zeppernick was named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters. She achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in the fall, helping the tennis program capture the Herman Award, which is presented to the Nebraska women’s team with the highest grade-point average during the academic year. Zeppernick was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete upon completion of her first year at NU.

Before Nebraska
Zeppernick played tennis in Germany while she attended high school at Gymnasium Buckhorn in Hamburg. She was ranked No. 104 in the German national rankings.

Maike was born Feb. 17, 1991, in Hamburg, Germany. She is the daughter of Henry and Birgit Zeppernick and has one brother, Tore. Maike was an economics major at Nebraska, and was a two-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and six-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. She was a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection and helped the Huskers to four straight Herman Team GPA awards. 


Year Spring Conference  Fall Total
2010-11 12-6 4-4 1-2 13-8
2011-12 11-4 4-2 3-3 14-7
2012-13 7-7 2-2 1-4


2013-14 15-7 6-4 4-4


Totals 45-24 16-12 9-13 54-37


Year Spring Conference  Fall Total
2010-11 11-8 3-2 0-2 11-10
2011-12 6-1 -- 1-2 7-3
2012-13 3-2 0-1 0-2 3-4
2013-14 8-10 2-6 1-5 9-15
Totals 28-21 5-9 2-11 30-32
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