Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska women’s tennis team (8-6, 0-1 Big Ten) fell to the Wichita State Shockers (10-5, 0-0 MVC) by a score of 4-1 at the NU Vine Street Courts. The Shockers grabbed the doubles point in two matches before only allowing the Huskers to get one singles win en route to the victory.
Starting the match with doubles, Wichita State struck first at the No. 2 position when Rebecca Pedrazzi and Montse Blasco Fernandez ousted Nebraska’s Maike Zeppernick and Izabella Zgierska 8-3. The Shockers secured the doubles point at the No. 1 spot when Veronika Blaskova and Lucia Kovalova toppled the Huskers’ Maggy Lehmicke and Mary Hanna 8-2. The No. 3 singles was 6-4 in favor of WSU’s Julia Schiller and Abby Stevens over NU’s Lisa Andersson and Hannah Sulz but went unfinished once the point was decided.
The Shockers has the 1-0 lead going into singles before pushing their advantage at the No. 3 position where Stevens dominated Nebraska’s Andersson 6-0, 6-4. Down 2-0, the Huskers brought a point back at the No. 1 spot when Lehmicke rolled past Wichita State’s Pedrazzi in three sets 6-2, 1-6, 6-0. The Shockers jumped ahead by two points again 3-1 at the No. 2 when Kovalova narrowly edged out NU’s Zgierska 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
The match was sealed by Wichita State at the No. 4 spot when Blasco Fernandez finished off Nebraska’s Hanna 5-7, 6-2, 6-1. The remaining two matches went unfinished once the match was decided.
Next up for Nebraska is a double conference match weekend with Wisconsin on the road on Friday, March 21 at 3 p.m. in Madison, Wis. before returning home on Sunday, March 23 at noon against Minnesota.
Nebraska – 1
No. 46 Wichita State – 4
1. Maggy Lehmicke (NU) def. Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-0
2. Lucia Kovalova (WSU) def. Izabella Zgierska (NU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
3. Abby Stevens (WSU) def. Lisa Andersson (NU) 6-0, 6-4
4. Montse Blasco Fernandez (WSU) def. Mary Hanna (NU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
5. Maike Zeppernick (NU) vs. Veronika Blaskova (WSU) 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, DNF
6. Hannah Sulz (NU) vs. Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul (WSU) 2-6, 5-4, DNF
Order of finish (3, 1, 2, 4)
1. Veronika Blaskova/Lucia Kovalova (WSU) def. Maggy Lehmicke/Mary Hanna (NU) 8-2
2. Rebecca Pedrazzi/Montse Blasco Fernandez (WSU) def. Izabella Zgierska/Maike Zeppernick (NU) 8-3
3. Julia Schiller/Abby Stevens (WSU) def. Hannah Sulz/Lisa Andersson (NU)6-4, DNF
Order of finish (2, 1)