106th-ranked Janine Weinreich and the Huskers will host Ohio State and Penn State this weekend.
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Huskers Continue Big Ten Schedule

By NU Athletic Communications

No. 18 Nebraska (16-2, 2-1 Big Ten) vs. Ohio State (5-11, 0-3 Big Ten)
Date: Friday, March 30, 2012
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: NU Varsity Courts (17th & Vine St.)
Start Time: 3:30 p.m.

No. 18 Nebraska (16-2, 2-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 46 Penn State (10-4, 2-1 Big Ten)
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2012
Location: Lincoln, Neb.
Venue: NU Varsity Courts (17th & Vine St.)
Start Time: 10 a.m.

The No. 18 Nebraska women's tennis team (16-2, 2-1 Big Ten) will continue their conference slate this weekend against Ohio State and Penn State. The Huskers enter this weekend fresh off a strong 5-2 upset win over No. 14 Northwestern last week.

The Huskers will host the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions this weekend, beginning with Friday's match against Ohio State (5-11, 0-3) at 3:30 p.m. The Huskers will wrap up their weekend on Sunday, facing Penn State (10-4, 2-1 Big Ten) at 10 a.m. Both matches will be held outdoors at the NU Varsity Courts on 17th and Vine St. in Lincoln; in case of inclement weather, the matches will be moved indoors to the Nebraska Tennis Center.

Weatherholt Captures Big Ten Weekly Award
Redshirt junior Mary Weatherholt was named the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week for March 27. The honor marked Weatherholt's first Big Ten weekly award and the fourth given to a Nebraska athlete this season. It was the second consecutive week the honor had been given to a Nebraska athlete (Patricia Veresova, March 13).

Weatherholt posted an overall record of 4-0 last weekendThe 58th-ranked native of Prairie Village, Kan. scored wins over 16th-ranked Kate Turvy of Northwestern and 92nd-ranked Allison Falkin of Illinois in No. 1 singles. 

Geibert on Pace to Shatter School Record
Senior Madeleine Geibert is quickly closing in on Sandra Noetzel's school record for career combined wins (172, 1996-2000). Geibert ranks No. 2 all-time at Nebraska with 170 combined wins in singles and doubles play during her career. The senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany needs just two more victories to reach Noetzel's record. Geibert is 14-9 (9-6 spring) in singles and 19-5 (13-2 spring) in doubles play in 2011-12.

Nebraska in the National Rankings
The Huskers have climbed to No. 18 in the latest ITA Division I Women's Tennis Rankings, released March 27. The ranking marks Nebraska's highest rank in school history, topping their previous record of No. 25.

The Huskers are the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten, trailing only No. 14 Michigan and No. 15 Northwestern. A total of seven Big Ten schools found themselves in the rankings this week, including four in the Top 25.

Mary Weatherholt continues to rise in the national singles rankings, coming in at No. 40 nationally. Teammate Janine Weinreich also appeared in the singles rankings at No. 109 overall.

In the doubles rankings, Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein fell to No. 40 nationally after logging a loss at Long Beach State last weekend. This week marked the 11th-consecutive week the duo has been ranked.

Tracking the Rankings
Date           Rank
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
March 20      #25
March 27      #18

Scouting the Ohio State Buckeyes
Head Coach: Chuck Merzbacher
2012 Record: 5-11 (0-3 Big Ten)
National Ranking: No. NR

The Ohio State Buckeyes enter the weekend at 5-11 overall, including an 0-3 mark in conference play. The Buckeyes are searching for their first Big Ten win after dropping a pair of matches last weekend against Purdue and Indiana. The Buckeyes have lost seven matches this season by a final score of 3-4.

Junior Gabby Steele leads the Buckeyes this season with 15 wins, including a 9-1 record in her last 10 matches. Steele has appeared primarily at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles positions for Ohio State.

Ohio State is led by head coach Chuck Merzbacher, who is in his 15th season as head coach of the Buckeyes. Nebraska and Ohio State are even all-time at 2-2.

Scouting the Penn State Nittany Lions
Head Coach: Dawna Denny
2012 Record: 10-4 (2-1 Big Ten)
National Ranking: No. 46

The Penn State Nittany Lions come to Lincoln with a 10-4 overall record that includes a mark of 2-1 in Big Ten action. The Nittany Lions went 1-1 last weekend, falling to Indiana by a score of 6-1 on Friday before topping Purdue 4-3 on Sunday.

Penn State is paced by junior Petra Januskova, who is ranked 61st nationally with a 13-1 record this spring. Januskova has appeared exclusively at the No. 1 singles position for the Nittany Lions.

Head Coach Dawna Denny is in her fifth season at the helm of the Penn State program. This weekend's match marks the first meeting between the Huskers and the Nittany Lions.

Looking Ahead
The Huskers will hit the road again next weekend, traveling to face No. 33 Purdue and No. 41 Indiana as they continue Big Ten conference action. Nebraska will first compete in West Lafayette against the Boilermakers on Saturday at noon before taking on the Hoosiers on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Bloomington. 

Jacobson Notches 300th Coaching Win in California
Nebraska women's tennis head coach Scott Jacobson registered the 300th victory of his career with the Huskers' 4-3 win at Long Beach State on March 20. Jacobson entered the season with 285 victories and has led the Huskers to a 15-1 record to open the season.

The 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 back-to-back bids in 2010 and 2011.

Last Time Out: Huskers Split Weekend in Illinois
The Huskers went 1-1 in their first full weekend of Big Ten play, falling to then 50th-ranked Illinois before scoring an upset win over then 14th-ranked Northwestern.

The Huskers began the weekend on March 23, falling by a score of 3-4 to the Illinois Fighting Illini in NU's second Big Ten match of the season. The Huskers won the doubles point against Illinois but were unable to capitalize in singles play. The loss was only Nebraska's second of the season.

Nebraska began the day by winning its 15th doubles point of the season. After the Illini captured a win in No. 3 doubles, the Huskers began to push back, led by the duo of Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein (NU) in No. 1 singles. Geibert and Weinstein downed Rachael White and Melissa Kopinski (ILL), 8-2 to even things up in singles play.

Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova (NU) sealed the deal for the Big Red, defeating Chelcie Abajian and Breanna Smutko (ILL) 8-4 in No. 2 doubles. The victory secured the doubles point for the Huskers and gave Nebraska a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.

As the match entered singles action, the Huskers extended their lead to 2-0 with No. 58 Mary Weatherholt's 6-3, 6-2 win in No. 1 singles over No. 92 Allison Falkin (ILL). The win puts Weatherholt at 13-4 overall and 2-2 against ranked opponents in singles action this season.

Illinois quickly evened things up with wins at the Nos. 4 and 6 singles positions. In No. 4 singles, Amy Allin (ILL) topped Nebraska's Geibert, 6-3, 6-3, while Jennifer Holmberg (NU) dropped a 6-2, 6-4 decision to Illinois' White at the No. 6 position.

The Huskers battled back, taking a 3-2 lead as Janine Weinreich (NU) topped the Illini's Smutko, 6-0, 7-5 in No. 5 singles. Illinois snagged another win in No. 2 singles to tie things up at 3-3, as Veresova fell in a tight match to Illinois' Kopinski, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

The match would come down to the No. 3 singles position, where NU's Weinstein was locked in a battle with Marissa Lambropoulos (ILL). Despite Weinstein's strong effort, Lambropoulos came out on top with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 victory to seal the win for the Illini.

The Huskers traveled to Evanston, Ill. to face Northwestern on Sunday, coming away with a 5-2 upset victory. The Big Red showed resilience against the Wildcats, coming from behind at multiple points in each match to knock off Northwestern in Nebraska's biggest upset win this season. The win marks the first time the Huskers have defeated the Wildcats; additionally, Nebraska handed Northwestern their first conference loss this season.

Northwestern jumped out to win the first match in doubles play at the No. 3 position, but the Huskers would not relent. Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova (NU) downed Belinda Niu and Kate Turvy (NW) at the No. 2 position by a score of 8-3 to draw even in doubles play. Nebraska then secured the doubles point courtesy of the 26th-ranked pair of Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein (NU). The pair defeated Veronica Corning and Nida Hamilton (NW), 8-5 to give Nebraska 1-0 lead.

Northwestern quickly tied things up in singles play at 1-1, picking up a win at the No. 4 position. Nebraska battled back to take a 2-1 lead as Nebraska's 58th-ranked Weatherholt logged an upset victory over No.16 Turvy, 6-1, 6-2 in No. 1 singles. The win was Weatherholt's second over a ranked opponent this weekend in singles action.

The Wildcats wouldn't relent, pulling even at 2-2 with a win in No. 6 singles. It was their final victory of the day, as the Huskers unleashed three consecutive match wins to secure the dual victory for the Big Red.

The Huskers' Veresova was first to strike, downing 61st-ranked Brittany Wowchuk 7-6, 7-5 in No. 2 singles to increase Nebraska's lead to 3-2. No. 101 Janine Weinreich (NU) clinched match-winning fourth point for the Big Red, battling back to defeat Linda Abu Mushrefova (NW) 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 at the No. 5 position. Nebraska's Weinstein sealed the victory for the Huskers with her 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 win over Northwestern's Niu in No. 3 singles.



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