Lincoln, Neb- The No. 18 Nebraska women's tennis team (18-2, 4-1 Big Ten) took down the No. 46 Nittany Lions of Penn State (10-6, 2-3 Big Ten) on Sunday by a score of 6-1. The win marked NU's seventh victory over a ranked opponent this season.
With Madeleine Geibert's singles win, the senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany broke the school record for career combined wins, capturing her 173rd victory during her time at Nebraska. The previous record was held by Sandra Noetzel, who posted 172 career wins from 1996-2000.
The Huskers jumped out to two quick doubles wins, giving them a 1-0 lead in the match. At the No. 3 position, Izabella Zigerska and Janine Weinreich (NU) won an 8-1 decision over Penn State's Marie Bedard and Nina Sertic (PSU). Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova (NU) then downed Fernanada Perrotta and Sarah Henderson (PSU), 8-2.
Penn State picked up their lone singles win at the No. 1 position, where No. 40 Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein (NU) fell to Petra Januskova and Chelsea Utting (PSU) by a score of 8-7 (6).
The day moved to singles action, where Geibert didn't waste any time in No. 3 singles, jumping out to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Carmen Sandor (PSU). Weinreich added to the Husker's lead, winning her match at No. 5 singles by a score of 6-2, 6-2 over Penn State's Bedard.
Stefanie Weinstein (NU) clinched the match for the Huskers with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Penn State's Perrotta in No. 4 singles. Nebraska continued to add to their lead with another point coming from the No. 1 position, where Weatherholt (NU) fought her way through her match to take down 61st-ranked Januskova, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (7).
The Huskers dropped only one point to Penn State in No. 6 singles, as Sertic won a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Maike Zeppernick (NU).
Veresova rounded out the day with Nebraska's sixth point, capturing a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 win over the Nittany Lions' Utting.
The Huskers will be back on the road this weekend in Big Ten play, traveling to Purdue on Saturday, April 7 at noon. Nebraska will then travel to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Hoosiers of Indiana on Sunday, April 8 at 11 a.m.
No. 18 Nebraska - 6
No. 46 Penn State - 1
NU Varsity Courts
1.) No. 40 Mary Weatherholt (NU) def. Petra Januskova (PSU) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0, (7)
2.) Patricia Veresova (NU) def. Chelsea Utting (PSU) 7-5, 6-3
3.) Madeleine Geibert (NU) def. Carmen Sandor (PSU) 6-0, 6-2
4.) Stefanie Weinstein (NU) def. Fernanda Perrotta (PSU) 6-2, 6-3
5.) No. 109 Janine Weinreich (NU) def. Marie Bedard (PSU) 6-2, 6-2
6.) Nina Sertic (PSU) def. Maike Zeppernick (NU) 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish
(3, 5, 4, 6, 1, 2)
1.) Petra Januskova/Chelsea Utting (PSU) def. No. 40 Madeleine Geibert/Stefanie Weinstein (NU) 8-7 (6)
2.) Mary Weatherholt/Patricia Veresova (NU) def. Fernanada Perrotta/Sarah Henderson (PSU) 8-2
3.) Janine Weinreich/Izabella Zgierska (NU) def. Marie Bedard/Nina Sertic (PSU) 8-1
Order of finish
(3, 2, 1)