Lincoln, Neb. - Nebraska
women's tennis (14-1, 3-0 Big Ten) scraped together a 6-1 win over No. 37
Illinois (6-6, 0-2 Big Ten) on Friday. The Huskers started slowly at doubles
and narrowly captured the point to head into singles where they faced stiff
competition in challenging matches but ultimately snatched the win. This is the
second meeting of the two teams ever and concluding today's victory for
Nebraska the series is tied 1-1.
The doubles matches were close and it started at the No. 3
position where Huskers Maggy Lehmicke and Izabella Zgierska defeated Illinois' Allison Falkin and Julia Jamieson 8-5. Nebraska sealed the point at the No. 2
spot where Janine Weinreich and Stefanie Weinstein toppled Illinois' Breanne
Smutko and Audrey O'Connor 8-5. The remaining match at the No. 1 spot did not
finish to save time but it was tied at 7-7 between Nebraska's No. 13 Mary
Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova and Illinois' No. 22 Melissa Kopinski and Rachael
On a 1-0 lead, Nebraska extended its grip on the match to
2-0 at the No. 2 spot when Patricia Veresova ousted Illinois' Allison Falkin
6-2, 6-3. The next point for the Huskers came at the No. 6 position where
Izabella Zgierska defeated Illinois' Audrey O'Connor 6-3, 7-5 to push the lead
Nebraska finalized the victory 4-0 at the No. 4 position
with Maggy Lehmicke knocking off Illinois' Misia Kedzierski 6-4, 6-3. The No. 1
match finished shortly after with Nebraska's No. 16 Mary Weatherholt edging
Illinois' No. 120 Melissa Kopinski 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to make the score 5-0.
The last two matches finished with Nebraska's Stefanie
Weinstein narrowly grabbing the victory at the No. 3 position over Illinois' Rachael White 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 before Illinois' Breanne Smutko defeated the Huskers' Janine Weinreich 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
Nebraska hosts No. 7 Northwestern at home on Sunday, March
10 at noon before hitting the road to face San Diego on Sunday, March 17 at 10
No. 10 Nebraska - 6
No. 37 Illinois - 1
1. No. 16 Mary Weatherholt (NU) def.
No. 120 Melissa Kopinski (UI) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.
2. Patricia Veresova (NU) def.
Allison Falkin (UI) 6-2, 6-3.
3. Stefanie Weinstein (NU) def.
Rachael White (UI) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.
4. Maggy Lehmicke (NU) def. Misia
Kedzierski (UI) 6-4, 6-3.
5. Breanne Smutko (UI) def. Janine
Weinreich (NU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.
6. Izabella Zgierska (NU) def.
Audrey O'Connor (UI) 6-3, 7-5.
Order of finish (2, 6,
4, 1, 3, 5)
1. No. 13 Mary Weatherholt/Patricia
Veresova (NU) vs. No. 22 Melissa Kopinski/Rachael White (UI) 7-7 DNF.
2. Stefanie Weinstein/Janine Weinreich
(NU) def. Breanne Smutko/Audrey O'Connor (UI) 8-5.
3. Maggy Lehmicke/Izabella Zgierska (NU)
def. Allison Falkin/Julia Jamieson (UI) 8-5.
Order of finish (3, 2)