The Huskers are tied with No. 6 for first in the Big Ten currently at 9-1 in conference play.
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Huskers Face Minnesota and Wisconsin

By NU Athletic Communications

No. 14 Nebraska (19-4, 8-1 Big Ten) 
vs. Minnesota (9-12, 3-6 Big Ten)
Friday, April 19, 2 p.m. (Minneapolis, Minn.)

No. 14 Nebraska (19-4, 8-1 Big Ten) 
vs. Wisconsin (4-16, 2-7 Big Ten)
Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m. (Lincoln, Neb.)

Huskers Set to Face Golden Gophers and Badgers

The No. 14 Nebraska Huskers women's tennis team (19-4, 8-1 Big Ten) hit the road to face Big Ten foe Minnesota (9-12, 3-6 Big Ten) before returning home to host Wisconsin (4-16, 2-7 Big Ten). The Huskers will face the Golden Gophers on Friday, April 19 at 2 p.m. in Minneapolis, Minn. before heading against the Badgers on Sunday, April 21 at 11 a.m. in Lincoln, Neb. This  will be the 15th meeting between Minnesota and Nebraska with the series led by the Golden Gophers 11-3 and it is the ninth match ever between Nebraska and Wisconsin with the series tied at 4-4.

Huskers In The ITA National Rankings

Nebraska is currently ranked 14th after dropping two spots in this week's rankings. The ITA Division I women's tennis rankings were released Tuesday, April 16 and Nebraska slid to the No. 14 spot in the nation this week.

Mary Weatherholt climbed to No. 11 in ITA singles holding a record of 20-1 (10-1 against ranked opponents) on the season, including victories against then-ranked No. 16 Ema Burgic of Baylor, No. 23 Brynn Boren of Tennessee, No. 58 Britney Sanders of Notre Dame, No. 41 Kelsey Dieters of Ohio State, No. 17 Petra Niedermayerova of Kansas State, No. 120 Melissa Kopinski of Illinois, and No. 55 Kate Turvy of Northwestern, No. 111 Leslie Hureau of Indiana, No. 57 Petra Januskova of Penn State, and No. 28 Emina Bektas of Michigan. Her only loss to a ranked opponent came at the hands of No. 83 Malika Rose of Oklahoma State.

Mary Weatherholt and partner Patricia Veresova jumped two places in the ITA doubles rankings to No. 4 this week. The two are 16-1 on the season, including six victories against ranked opponents over then-ranked No. 12 Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely of Tennesse, No. 31 Petra Niedermayerova and Karla Bonacic from Kansas State, No. 8 Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton of Northwestern, No. 75 Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting of Penn State, No. 39 Krisztina Kapitany and Mara Schmidt of Purdue, and No. 2 Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas of Michigan.

German Huskers duo made up of Stefanie Weinstein and Janine Weinreich entered the ITA doubles rankings this week at No. 77. The pair has earned an impressive 22-0 record this spring including two victories over ranked opponents. The ranked victories include then-ranked No. 41 Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson of Tennessee and No. 45 Ronit Yurovsky and Sarah Lee of Michigan.

Nebraska is currently 12-3 against teams ranked in the ITA top 75, with six victories against opponents ranked inside the top 25. The Huskers have knocked off No. 7 Northwestern, No. 15 Baylor, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 19 Purdue, No. 21 Vanderbilt, No. 23 Tennessee, No. 30 Penn State, No. 32 Kansas State, No. 32 Indiana, No. 37 Illinois, No. 55 Ohio State, and No. 64 Wyoming. Nebraska’s losses came from No. 10 Miami at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 8, No. 35 Oklahoma State on March 21, and No. 7 Michigan on April 13.

The Huskers are the second-highest ranked team in the Big Ten behind No. 6 Michigan. Eight teams from the Big Ten are in the top 75 this week, with a total of three in the top 25. The remaining ranked Big Ten teams are No. 16 Northwestern, No. 27 Purdue, No. 34 Indiana, No. 43 Penn State, No. 47 Illinois, and No. 62 Ohio State.

Mary Weatherholt Earns Athlete of the Week Three Times

The Huskers senior from Prairie Village, Kan. won the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week honors on March 13 following her impressive undefeated record, including several victories over ranked opponents in both singles and doubles. This marks the third time that Weatherholt has earned the award this season thus far, after claiming the honors the week of Jan. 30 and Feb. 13.

Weatherholt Sets Career Singles Wins Record for Nebraska

Weatherholt, with her 20 singles victories thus far this season, has set the record for Career Singles wins at 113, previously held by Sandra Noetzel from 1996-2000. She set the record on Friday, Feb. 22 with a victory agaisnt UALR.

Weatherholt Sets Career Combined Wins Record

With an impressive record this spring season at 36-2 combined record (30-1 single, 16-1 doubles), Weatherholt has reached 192 combined victories become the winningest women's tennis player in Huskers history, formerly held by former teammate Madeleine Geibert with 181 total career combined wins. This pushes Geibert down to No. 2. With a good portion of the season remaining, Weatherholt will easily stretch this record even further with the remaining matches.

Huskers in the Record Books

Stefanie Weinstein has notched 43 combined victories this season which notches her at No. 3 on the Career Combined wins record board (with 178). She toppled Sandra Noetzel's 172 on Friday, April 5 with her two victories against Purdue. Weinstein currently needs four more wins to overtake No. 2 Madeleine Geibert's 181 and fall right behind teammate Mary Weatherholt.

Weinstein also has 23 individual doubles wins this season which puts her at the No. 1 spot on the school’s Career Doubles Individual Wins list at 92. She surpassed former teammate Madeleine Geibert at 91 with her victory against Michigan State on Sunday, April 14 to achieve the top spot.

Mary Weatherholt has accumulated 16 doubles individual wins this season putting her at No. 3 on the Career Doubles Individual wins with 79. 

Janine Weinreich has amassed 24 doubles individual victories this season notching her at No. 5 on the Career Doubles Individuals wins list with 72 total. Three more would see her past Imke Reimers' 74 to take the No. 4 spot behind teammate Weatherholt.

Weinstein and Weinreich, as a doubles team, have climbed onto the Season Doubles Team wins list at the No. 4 with their 23 victories this season. The duo would need four more to put them ahead of No. 3 Madeleine Geibert and Weinstein's 2011-12 season tally of 26.

Looking Ahead

Nebraska heads to Bloomington, Ind. on April 25-28 to take part in the Big Ten Championships.

Scouting Minnesota
    Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
    2012 Record: 16-9, 5-6 Big Ten
    National Ranking: NR

Minnesota is currently 9-12 overall. The Golden Gophers are coming off of a loss against Purdue resulting in a 6-1 score. Minnesota currently aren't ranked have no players in the singles rankings and no duos ranked in doubles. Last season Minnesota went 16-9, 5-6 Big Ten. Minnesota and Nebraska have met 14 times throughout history with the series led by the Golden Gophers 11-3.

Scouting Wisconsin
    Head Coach: Brian Fleishman
    2012 Record: 12-12, 3-8 Big Ten
    National Ranking: NR

Wisconsin is currently 4-16 overall. The Badgers are coming off of a loss against Indiana resulting in a 7-0 score. Wisconsin currently aren't ranked, have no players in the singles rankings and no duos ranked in doubles. Last season the Badgers went 12-12, 3-8 Big Ten. Wisconsin and Nebraska have met eight times throughout history with the series tied at 4-4.


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