No. 17 Nebraska (18-2, 4-1 Big Ten) at No. 34 Purdue (11-3, 3-2 Big Ten)
Date: Saturday, April 7, 2012
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Venue: Schwartz Tennis Center
Start Time: 11 a.m.
No. 17 Nebraska (18-2, 4-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 45 Indiana (14-5, 3-2 Big Ten)
Date: Sunday, April 8, 2012
Location: Bloomington, Ind.
Venue: IU Tennis Complex
Start Time: 10 a.m.
The No. 17 Nebraska women's tennis team (18-2, 4-1 Big Ten) continues conference action this weekend with a pair of battles against top 50 Big Ten teams. The Huskers, who have climbed to the highest team ranking in school history, open the weekend at No. 34 Purdue (11-3, 2-2 Big Ten) in West Lafayette, Ind., on Saturday at 11 a.m., before facing No. 45 Indiana (14-5, 3-2 Big Ten) on Sunday at 10 a.m. in Bloomington.
Nebraska, which climbed to No. 17 in the ITA National Rankings this week, will try to extend a three-match Big Ten winning streak. The Huskers are coming off a 6-1 win over No. 47 Penn State last Sunday in Lincoln.
The Huskers are tied with Illinois and Northwestern for second in the Big Ten standings, trailing only 5-0 Michigan. NU's lone Big Ten loss came in a 4-3 setback at Illinois, before the Huskers rolled to a 5-2 win over current-No. 14 Northwestern. Nebraska will face No. 15 Michigan in Lincoln on April 13.
Weatherholt Captures Big Ten Weekly Award March 27
Junior Mary Weatherholt earned Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week honors March 27. The award was Weatherholt's first Big Ten weekly honor and the fourth won by a Husker this season.
Weatherholt posted an overall record of 4-0 on the week, scored wins over No. 16 Kate Turvy of Northwestern and No. 92 Allison Falkin of Illinois in No. 1 singles. The Prairie Village, Kan., native has improved to 16-4 in singles and 18-1 in doubles on the year, while climbing to No. 40 in the national singles rankings.
Geibert Breaks School Record
Senior Madeleine Geibert owns the Nebraska record for most career combined wins. Geibert has registered 173 combined wins in singles and doubles play during her career. The senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany, is 16-9 (11-6 spring) in singles and 20-6 (14-3 spring) in doubles play in 2011-12.
Nebraska in the National Rankings
The Huskers have climbed to No. 17 in the latest ITA Division I Women's Tennis Rankings, released April 3. The ranking marks Nebraska's highest rank in school history, topping its previous best of No. 18 on March 27.
The Huskers are the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten, trailing only No. 14 Northwestern and No. 15 Michigan. A total of eight Big Ten schools have claimed spots in the rankings this week, including four in the Top 20. Illinois has jumped to No. 19 in the poll, while Minnesota is 33rd and Purdue 34th. Indiana is ranked No. 45, while Penn State is No. 47 to round out the eight Big Ten teams in the ITA Top 50.
Nebraska, which is 8-2 against current teams in ITA Top 75, owns four wins this season against top-50 foes, including a victory over No. 14 Northwestern. The Huskers also knocked off No. 26 Tulsa and No. 40 Arkansas before beating No. 47 Penn State.
The Huskers have produced eight total victories over ITA Top 75 opponents, including wins over No. 51 Long Beach State, No. 59 Wyoming, No. 68 Wichita State and No. 72 Iowa.
Both of Nebraska's losses have come against top-20 Big Ten teams on the road (at Northwestern, at Illinois).
Beginning with this weekend's matches in Indiana, the Huskers will face top-50 foes in three consecutive matches. In fact, four of NU's next five matches will come against top-50 opponents (No. 34 Purdue, No. 45 Indiana, No. 15 Michigan, No. 33 Minnesota).
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
March 20 #25
March 27 #18
April 3 #17
Scouting the Purdue Boilermakers
Head Coach: Laura Glitz
2012 Record: (11-3, 3-2 Big Ten)
National Ranking: No. 34
The Purdue Boilermakers enter the weekend at 11-3 overall, including a 2-2 mark in conference play. The Boilermakers are searching for their first ever win over the Huskers. Purdue is coming off a 6-1 victory over Michigan State.
Freshman Daniela Vidal has won 12 straight matches at the No. 4 position. Vidal owns a 13-1 record in dual-match singles play.
Laura Glitz is in her fifth season as head coach of the Boilermakers. Nebraska and Purdue have never met on the tennis courts
Scouting the Indiana Hoosiers
Head Coach: Lin Loring
2012 Record: (14-5, 3-2 Big Ten)
National Ranking: No. 45
The Indiana Hoosiers head into the weekend with a 14-5 overall record that includes a 3-2 Big Ten mark. The Hoosiers went 1-1 last weekend, beating Michigan State (6-1) Saturday, before falling to Michigan 4-3 on Sunday.
Indiana is led by junior Leslie Hureau, who is the reigning Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week. Hureau, who is ranked 99th nationally, upset No. 10 Emina Bektas of Michigan 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, last Sunday. Hureau carries a 17-7 singles record into the weekend.
Head Coach Lin Loring is in his 35th season at the helm of the Indiana program. This weekend's match marks the first meeting between the Huskers and Hoosiers.
The Huskers return home next weekend to face No. 15 Michigan and Michigan State. Nebraska will first compete against the Wolverines on Friday, April 13, at 3 p.m. Michigan enters the weekend atop the Big Ten standings at 5-0, just ahead of the 4-1 Huskers
Nebraska will wrap up the weekend against the Spartans on Sunday, April 15, at noon.
Both matches are scheduled to be held at the NU Varsity Courts (17th. and Vine St.) unless weather conditions force them to be held inside at the Nebraska Tennis Center. Both matches will have live stats on Huskers.com.
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 18-2 record so far this 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.