No. 23 Nebraska (14-1, 1-0 Big Ten) vs. No. 37 Long Beach State (10-4)
Date: Friday, March 20, 2012
Location: Long Beach, Calif.
Venue: Rhodes Tennis Center
Start Time: Noon (2 p.m. PST)
The No. 23 Nebraska women's tennis team (14-1, 1-0 Big Ten) will hit the road this week, traveling west to California to face the Long Beach State 49ers (10-4) on Tuesday at noon. The match on Tuesday will kick off a busy week for the Huskers as they journey to California before returning to the midwest to face Illinois and Northwestern this weekend. This week marks NU's first road duals since the ITA Kickoff Classic in January.
Huskers Achieve Highest Ranking in Program History
The Nebraska women's tennis team picked up a ranking of No. 23 in the latest ITA Division I Women's Tennis Rankings, marking the highest team ranking achieved in program history. The ranking breaks the previous record set last season, when the 2011 Huskers were ranked No. 26 nationally.
The Huskers began the season ranked No. 39 in the nation and climbed steadily in the rankings since January. Nebraska has posted a 14-1 record thus far in 2012, including a 4-1 record against ranked opponents.
Veresova Receives Big Ten Weekly Honor
Nebraska junior Patricia Veresova was named the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week for March 13, the conference announced last Tuesday. The award was the first for Veresova and the third for a Nebraska athlete in 2011-12. She joins fellow juniors Stefanie Weinstein and Janine Weinreich as Huskers who have received the honor this season.
Veresova went 2-0 in singles and doubles play in NU's victories over No. 58 Iowa and No. 30 Tulsa. She posted wins over Iowa's 110th-ranked Sonja Molnar and Tulsa's 82nd-ranked Anastasia Erofeeva in No. 1 singles to rise to 12-2 in singles play this spring.
On the doubles courts, Veresova partnered with teammate Mary Weatherholt to pick up victories in No. 2 doubles over Iowa's Morven McCulloch and Christina Harazin and Tulsa's Bonny Davidson and Samantha Vickers. Veresova holds a perfect 12-0 record this spring in doubles action.
Jacobson Closes in on 300 Career Wins
Nebraska women's tennis head coach Scott Jacobson entered the 2011-12 season with 285 career victories. Midway through the season, Jacobson is closing in on his 300th career victory. Entering this Tuesday's match against Long Beach State, Jacobson has 299 career wins.
Head Coach Scott Jacobson, a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year selection (2005, 2009), has guided the Huskers to four NCAA tournament appearances in the past seven years, including two consecutive appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Nebraska in the National Rankings
The Huskers rose nine spots to No. 23 nationally in the ITA Division I Women's Tennis Rankings, released March 13. Nebraska remains third among Big Ten teams, trailing only No. 13 Northwestern and No. 18 Michigan. A total of six Big Ten teams appear in the national Top 50, with Minnesota, Purdue and Illinois also making appearances.
Tracking the Rankings
Jan. 3 #39
Jan. 24 #39
Feb. 2 #29
Feb. 7 #29
Feb. 16 #28
Feb. 22 #27
Feb. 29 #36
March 6 #32
March 13 #23
Scouting the Long Beach State 49ers
Head Coach: Jenny Hilt-Costello
2012 Record: 10-4
National Ranking: No. 37
The No. 37 Long Beach State 49ers enter this week's match with a 10-4 record that includes recent wins over No. 39 Utah, No. 55 Sacramento State and San Diego State. The 49ers most recently dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 38 Purdue. Head Coach Jenny Hilt-Costello is in her 15th season as head coach of Long Beach State.
Long Beach State has been paced this season by senior Anais Dallara, who has compiled a 10-4 record while playing almost exclusively at the No. 1 position for the 49ers. Dallara and teammate Klaudia Malenovska add a 10-3 record at No. 2 doubles to lead Long Beach State at that position.
The Huskers will return to the midwest to continue their conference slate this weekend, facing a pair of ranked Big Ten opponents in Illinois. The Big Red will first take on No. 46 Illinois in Urbana-Champaign on Saturday at noon before challenging No. 13 Northwestern on Sunday at 11 a.m.