No. 15 Nebraska (9-1, 1-0 Big Ten)
vs. UALR (9-2, 0-1 SBC)
Friday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb. - Nebraska Tennis Center)
No. 15 Nebraska (9-1, 1-0 Big Ten)
vs. No. 64 Wyoming (2-2, 0-0 MWC)
Sunday, Feb. 24, 10 a.m. (Lincoln, Neb. - Nebraska Tennis Center)
The No. 15 Nebraska Huskers
women's tennis team (9-1, 1-0 Big Ten) faces off against the UALR Trojans (9-2, 0-1 SBC) and No. 64 Wyoming (2-2, 0-0 MWC) at home this weekend.
The Huskers are on a hot streak this season, knocking off four ranked teams so far this season.
Huskers In The ITA National Rankings
Nebraska's current rank at 15th is the highest in school history, surpassing the previous mark set last season at 16th. The ITA Division I women’s tennis rankings were released Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Nebraska remains at No. 15 in the nation this week.
Mary Weatherholt has found herself ranked No. 16 in ITA singles due to her undefeated record (8-0, 4-0 ranked opponents) on the season, including matches against then-ranked No. 16 Ema Burgic of Baylor who is now at No. 13, No. 23 Brynn Boren of Tennessee who is now No. 18, No. 58 Britney Sanders of Notre Dame who is now No. 74, and No. 41 Kelsey Dieters of Ohio State who is now No. 53.
Mary Weatherholt and partner Patricia Veresova find themselves in the ITA doubles rankings at No. 18. The two are undefeated (6-0, 1-0 ranked opponents) on the season, including a victory over then-ranked No. 12 Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely of Tennesse who are now No. 3.
Nebraska is currently 5-1 against teams ranked in the ITA top 75, all but one of which were top 25 teams. The Huskers have knocked off No. 15 Baylor, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 21 Vanderbilt, No. 23 Tennessee, and No. 55 Ohio State.
Nebraska's only loss came to tenth-ranked Miami at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships on Feb. 8.
The Huskers are the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten trailing only behind No. 9 Northwestern and No. 12 Michigan. Nine teams from the Big Ten are in the top 75 this week, with a total of four in the top 25. The remaining ranked Big Ten teams are No. 20 Purdue, No. 34 Illinois, No. 48 Penn State, No. 60 Indiana, No. 61 Ohio State, and No. 65 Minnesota.
Mary Weatherholt Again Earns Big Ten Athlete of the Week
The Huskers senior from Prairie Village, Kan. won the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week honors on Feb. 13 following her impressive undefeated record (8-0 singles, 6-0 doubles) including several victories over ranked opponents in both singles and doubles. This marks the second time that Weatherholt has earned the award this season thus far, after claiming the honors the week of Jan. 30.
On the Record Hunt
Being undefeated on the season with 14-0 combined (8-0 single, 6-0 doubles), Weatherholt jumps to No. 3 on the Career Combined Wins list in the school's record books with a totaly of 170. She only needs 12 more combined wins on the season to become the winningest women’s tennis player in Huskers history (11 to tie record) currently held by former teammate Madeleine Geibert with 181 total career combined wins for Nebraska (Weatherholt 156 concluding 2012 and 170 including 2012-13).
Weatherholt, with her 8 singles victories thus far this season, has tied the record for Career Singles wins at 101 currently held by Sandra Noetzel from 1996-2000. With a win Friday or Sunday, she will replace Noetzel at the top spot on in the record books.
Stefanie Weinstein has notched 22 combined victories this season which pushes her into the top five of Career Combined wins (with 157) at the No. 5 spot, formerly held by Katarina Balan with 151 who now is pushed out of the top 5 to No. 6. Eight more wins would see her topple the No. 4 spot which is now held by Imke Reimers at 164 total who was pushed down from third place after being overtaken by Weatherholt this season.
Weinstein also has 10 individual doubles wins this season which bumps her to the No. 2 spot on the school's Career Doubles Individual Wins list at 79. This pushes former No. 2 Imke Reimers 74 to third and former No. 3 Sandra Noetzel's 71 to fourth, Weinstein's former mark. 12 more individual doubles wins would put her tied for first with former teammate Madeleine Geibert with 91, 13 would set the record and peak her at the top of the list.
Nebraska hosts No. 64 Wyoming on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. here at the Nebraska Tennis Center. Next weekend, the Huskers welcomes Kansas State to Lincoln before hitting the road to face their next Big Ten opponent, Iowa. The match against Kansas State is Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m. at the NTC while the match against Iowa is Tuesday, March 5 at 3:30 p.m. in Iowa City, Iowa.
Scouting UALR (9-2, 0-1 SBC)
Head Coach: Abby Wilson
2012 Record: 13-13 (0-5 SBC)
National Ranking: Not Ranked
UALR is currently 9-2 overall, losing their only match played in the Sun Belt Conference to Troy 3-4 at home. The Trojans are currently on a six match winning streak, coming off a victory against Nebraska-Omaha on Feb 20 resulting in a 6-1 score. UALR currently is not ranked nationally and don’t have any players in the singles or doubles rankings. Last season the Trojans went 13-13, 0-5 SBC. The Trojans and Huskers have only met twice throughout history with the series tied at one win apiece. The last time these two teams met was on Feb. 5, 2010 which resulted in a 5-2 victory for Nebraska.
Head Coach: Dean Clower
2012 Record: 14-9 (5-1 MWC)
National Ranking: 64
Wyoming currently sit with a 2-2 overall and no matches played in their Mountain West Conference. The Cowgirls are coming off of a 4-0 loss to Duke on Jan. 27. Wyoming is currently ranked No. 64 in the national standings as a team and have no singles or doubles individual rankings. The Cowgirls have never beaten the Huskers who lead the series 11-0. Nebraska defeated Colorado State last season 6-1 in Lincoln on Feb. 4, 2012.