Huskers Host Gophers Before Battling Badgers
No. 18 Nebraska (21-3, 7-2 Big Ten)
vs. No. 33 Minnesota (14-6, 4-5 Big Ten)
Friday, April 20, 2 p.m. (Lincoln, Neb. - NU Varsity Courts)
No. 18 Nebraska (21-3, 7-2 Big Ten)
at Wisconsin (9-9, 2-6 Big Ten)
Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. (Madison, Wis. - Nielsen Tennis Center)
The No. 18 Nebraska women's tennis team (21-3, 7-2 Big Ten) welcomes No. 33 Minnesota to Lincoln for Senior Day on Friday, April 20 at 2 p.m. The Huskers will honor seniors Madeleine Geibert and Jennifer Holmberg as they make their final home appearances of their NU careers.
Geibert looks to put the finishing touches on one of the most prolific careers in Husker history, as she tries to add to her school-record 176 combined wins. The senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany, owns 19 singles victories and 22 doubles wins this year. Geibert and doubles partner Stefanie Weinstein are ranked No. 53 nationally.
Holmberg has been a regular contributor throughout her career and owns a 4-2 singles record and a 10-4 doubles mark this season. The senior from Tampere, Finland, hopes to help the Huskers notch their school-record-tying 22nd win against a tough Gopher team Friday. Minnesota carries a 14-6 overall record and a 4-5 Big Ten mark.
Following Senior Day, the Huskers close the Big Ten regular season at Wisconsin on Sunday. The Badgers entere the weekend with a 9-9 overall record and a 2-6 Big Ten mark. Nebraska and Wisconsin are set to hit the courts on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Nebraska will need two wins and some help in order to win or share its first Big Ten women's tennis title. The Huskers head into the weekend in second place with a 7-2 Big Ten mark, while Michigan and Northwestern are tied atop the conference standings at 8-1. The Wolverines seek their third straight league title by heading to No. 50 Penn State before closing the season at home against Ohio State. The Wildcats face a pair of top-50 foes, taking on No. 29 Purdue Friday in Evanston, Ill., before closing the regular season at No. 47 Indiana on Sunday.
Huskers Shoot for School-Record-Tying 22nd Win Against Gophers
Nebraska enters Friday's match with Minnesota trying to match a school record with its 22nd victory of the season. NU established its all-time win mark with 22 victories in 2010. The Huskers have already notched their third consecutive 20-win season, following 22 wins in 2010 and 20 victories in 2011. They are the first three 20-win campaigns in school history.
In addition, three Huskers currently own more than 40 combined singles and doubles wins this season and are on track to vie for the season combined wins record of 51, set by Doneta Holmen in 1989-90. With four regular-season matches remaining as well as conference and NCAA play on the horizon, Mary Weatherholt (47), Stefanie Weinstein (45) and Patricia Veresova (43) all have a shot at breaking into the top five all-time for season combined wins at NU.
Nebraska in the National Rankings
Nebraska fell one spot to No. 18 in this week's ITA Division I Women's Tennis Rankings, released April 18. The Huskers are the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten, trailing only No. 12 Northwestern and No. 14 Michigan. Seven Big Ten schools claimed spots in the rankings this week, with a total of four in the top 20. Illinois rose to No. 21 overall after a 5-2 win over Penn State last weekend. Purdue is No. 29, Minnesota No. 33 and Indiana comes in at No. 47, while Penn State is No. 50.
Nebraska is 10-3 this season against schools currently ranked in the ITA Top 75, and has six wins against top-50 foes, including a victory over No. 14 Northwestern. The Huskers have also knocked off No. 26 Tulsa, No. 36 Arkansas and No. 50 Penn State.
All three of Nebraska's losses have come against top-25 Big Ten teams (at Northwestern, at Illinois, vs. Michigan).
Additionally, four Huskers found themselves in the ITA Division I Women's Tennis Singles and Doubles Rankings this week. Junior Mary Weatherholt is 45th nationally in singles and carries a 5-3 mark against ranked foes. Junior Janine Weinreich is ranked No. 100 in singles action.
In the doubles rankings, senior Madeleine Geibert and junior Stefanie Weinstein are ranked 53rd nationally. The duo has partnered for a 22-8 overall record in 2011-12, including a 16-5 mark this spring and a perfect 3-0 record against ranked opponents.
Scouting the No. 33 Minnesota Golden Gophers (14-6, 4-5 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Tyler Thomson
The Minnesota Gophers enter Friday's match with a 14-6 overall record that includes a 4-5 mark in Big Ten play. Minnesota will come to Lincoln following a 4-3 loss to No. 29 Purdue. Sophomore Natallia Pintusava has led the Gophers with a 17-8 singles record as a sophomore. Coach Tyler Thomson is in his 11th season at the helm of the Gopher program. Minnesota leads the all-time series with Nebraska, 11-1.
Scouting the Wisconsin Badgers (9-9, 2-6 Big Ten)
Head Coach: Brian Fleishman
The Wisconsin Badgers will host the Huskers on Sunday at 11 a.m. in Madison, Wis. The Badgers take a 9-9 record, including an 2-6 mark in Big Ten action, into the weekend. Wisconsin is looking to take down two ITA Top 50 teams, after upsetting No. 47 Indiana last week for the Badgers' second Big Ten win of the year.
The Badgers are led by junior Hannah Berner, who holds a team-best 14-9 record in singles play this season. Berner has seen action at the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 positions in 2012. Head Coach Brian Fleishman is in his fourth season at Wisconsin. The Badgers hold a 4-2 lead in the all-time series with the Huskers.
Nebraska will travel to Columbus, Ohio for the Big Ten Championships, April 26-29. Times and matches have yet to be determined.
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.
Geibert Breaks School Record
Senior Madeleine Geibert owns the Nebraska record for most career combined wins. Geibert has registered 176 combined wins in singles and doubles play during her career. The senior from Ludwigshafen, Germany, is 18-9 (13-6 spring) in singles and 21-7 (15-4 spring) in doubles play in 2011-12.