The No. 16 Huskers capped their best season in school history in the NCAA Sweet 16.
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Huskers Cap Best Season In History at No. 16

By NU Athletic Communications


Head Coach Scott Jacobson's Thoughts

On the significance of this season

"I believe this season was significant as it brought more exposure to our program both Nationally and internationally.  We are hopeful that the success of our program will lead to talented young athletes from all over the world to consider our Husker family."

On the growth of the team and its importance

"Every year is important.  The long term success of our program is due to talented young athletes committed to the concept of “team first”.   16 of the past 17 years our program has obtained a National ranking, placing it in the top 25 percent of all division 1 programs on a consistent basis.  The past 4 years our program has elevated to a level comparable to the top 5 to 10 percent of programs throughout the Nation.  We hope to continue the tradition that has been present with a group of very young, but talented individuals entering our program."

On Mary Weatherholt's success and accomplishments

"I don’t believe there will ever been any one person that will accomplish more than Mary Weatherholt has accomplished at Nebraska.  She is the best tennis player in the history of our program.  More important, she was honored for her accomplishments off the court, and her service to the community.  Mary also was acknowledged as the Nations winner of the Cissie Leary Sportsmanship award.   She is an incredibly well rounded young lady, and I’m sure she will have tremendous success in whatever avenue she pursues."

On what is next for the women's tennis team and thoughts on the growth of the younger players

"We have several new faces joining the program next fall. We believe we have a tremendously talented freshmans class.  Replacing our top 4 players in a year that was the Universities best in school history is a tremendously challenging task. We believe next year program will compete at incredibly high level and we as a coaching staff are excited to get started. The leadership of Maggy, Izabella, Maike and Lauren, will be very important to the success of our program."

Huskers Advance To Sweet 16 First Time Ever

The Huskers reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history where they fell to then-No.2 North Carolina 1-4. The team finished the season ranked No. 16 in the nation, the same as last season’s final, after achieving a school-high No. 6 midway through the season on March 12.

Weatherholt Achieves NCAA Singles Runner-up

Mary Weatherholt had a historic march in the NCAA Singles tournament to cap her final year as a Huskers. Going 5-1 in the tournament, she stormed her way into the championship match where she fell to the defending champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford. Weatherholt is the only player for Nebraska to ever reach a national championship.

Huskers Earn Conference Title, First Time since 1978

The Huskers earned their first conference title since 1978 when they were still members of the Big Eight conference. Nebraska rounded out the regular season 10-1 in Big Ten play to tie for first with Michigan and share the regular-season Big Ten Conference title. This was the team’s first conference title as a member of the Big Ten. The scarlet and cream were unable to produce a tournament title after falling in the semifinals to Northwestern, but still they take home the trophy for the 2013 season as Big Ten regular season co-champions.

Huskers In The ITA National Rankings

Nebraska finished the season ranked 16th in the nation. The ITA Division I women’s tennis rankings were released Tuesday, May 28 and Nebraska remained at the No. 16 spot in the nation concluding the NCAA tournament play. The Huskers have remained in the top 25 of the nation the entire 2013 season to date peaking at No. 6, the highest in school history.

Mary Weatherholt jumped to No. 6 in ITA singles holding a record of 30-2 (16-2 against ranked opponents) on the season and becoming the NCAA Singles Runner-up for 2013. This is the highest singles ranking ever achieved by a Husker.

Mary Weatherholt and partner Patricia Veresova remained in the ITA doubles rankings at No. 7 this week. The two went 22-3 on the season, including eight victories against ranked opponents.

Nebraska went 13-5 against teams ranked in the ITA top 75, with six victories against opponents ranked inside the top 25. The highest-ranked opponent they faced was No. 2 North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 round.

The Huskers finished as the third-highest ranked team in the Big Ten behind No. 10 Michigan and No. 12 Northwestern. Eight teams from the Big Ten finished the season in the top 75, with a total of three in the top 25. The remaining ranked Big Ten teams are No. 27 Purdue, No. 42 Indiana, No. 45 Illinois, No. 47 Penn State, and No. 73 Ohio State.

Huskers in the Record Books

Weatherholt, with her 30-2 singles mark on the season, set the record for Career Singles wins at 123, previously held by Sandra Noetzel from 1996-2000. She set the record on Friday, Feb. 22 with a victory agaisnt UALR.

Weatherholt’s 30 singles wins ties her at No. 2 on the Season Singles wins list, matching her 30 of the 2011-12 season. Her singles record also reached No. 1 on the Season Singles Winning percentage list at .938 over her previous record for the 2008-09 season (.9)

Weatherholt’s 123-23 career singles record extends lead at No. 1 on the Career Singles Winning percentage list with a percentage of .842.

Weatherholt, with an impressive record this season at a 52-6 combined record, has reached 208 combined victories to become the winningest women’s tennis player in Huskers history, formerly held by former teammate Madeleine Geibert with 181 total career combined wins. Weatherholt notched her 200th career win with her singles victory over Rebecca Pedrazzi of Wichita State on Friday, May 10 in the NCAA First Round. Weatherholt has become the first and only women’s tennis player to reach 200 combined victories as a Husker and the only All-American in singles for Nebraska.

Stefanie Weinstein has notched 51 combined victories this season which places her at No. 2 on the Career Combined wins record board (with 186). She passed Madeleine Geibert on Friday, April 26 with her two victories against Minnesota.

Weinstein had 28 individual doubles wins this season which puts her at the No. 1 spot on the school’s Career Doubles Individual Wins list at 97. She passed former teammate Madeleine Geibert at 91 with her victory against Michigan State on Sunday, April 14 to take the top spot. The 28 victories also puts Weinstein tied for No. 2 on the Season Doubles individual wins list.

Weatherholt has accumulated 22 doubles individual wins this season putting her at No. 3 on the Career Doubles Individual wins with 85. 

Janine Weinreich amassed 29 doubles individual victories in the 2012-13 season notching her at No. 4 on the Career Doubles Individuals wins list with 77 total. Weinreich toppled Reimers (74) with her victory on Friday, April 26 against Wisconsin.

Weinreich’s 29 doubles wins put her tied for No. 1 spot on the Season Doubles Individuals wins list. The record matched teammate Stefanie Weinstein’s 29 wins in 2011-12.

Weinstein and Weinreich, as a doubles team, climbed to the top of the Season Doubles Team wins to be tied at No. 1 with their 28 victories for the 2012-13 season.

Weatherholt and Veresova reached No. 5 on the Season Doubles Team Wins list with 22.

The Huskers 24-6 record ties for No. 3 on the Fewest Team Losses board and No. 1 on the Most Team wins board. The team’s season record also places them at No. 3 for Season Team Winning Percentage (.8) behind the 2012 (.828) and 2005 (.818) seasons, No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.

Huskers Win the Herman, Weatherholt Grabs Top Honors

The women’s tennis team earned Nebraska’s Herman Award, which goes to the team with the highest team GPA of all the Huskers sports, with a GPA of 3.793. The team won the award last season in 2012 as well.

Weatherholt also earned Nebraska’s Student Athlete of the Year award. The award only goes to one male and one female student athlete from all Huskers sports every year and Weatherholt’s hard work and success both on and off the court was able to see the senior attain the honor in her final season as a Husker student athlete.

Weatherholt also was the recipient of Nebraska’s Student-Athlete HERO Leadership Award for the 2012-13 school year and season making it her third consecutive.

Weatherholt Wins Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award

Mary Weatherholt received the National ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award this season. She qualified for the award based on her outstanding capabilities both on and off the court. The ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship goes to a Division I women’s player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team’s performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. It dates back to 1997 and is memory of the late and widely admired Penn women’s tennis coach Cissie Leary.

Weatherholt and Veresova Earn All-America Honors

Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova grab All-America honors for their performance this season. Weatherholt became the first-ever singles All-American for Nebraska while also pairing with Veresova to become only the second-ever doubles team to secure All-America accolades as a duo.

Huskers Grab Academic All-Conference Honors

The Huskers showed that they can get the job done both on and off the court. Six of the eight players on the Nebraska women’s tennis team earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the 2013 season. The players who received the honors are seniors Patricia Veresova, Mary Weatherholt, Janine Weinreich, and Stefanie Weinstein, along with junior Maike Zeppernicka and sophomore Izabella Zgierska.

All of these players received Academic All-Big Ten in 2012 except Izabella Zgierska who was a freshman at the time. This isn’t the only award the Huskers have grabbed due to their performance in the lecture halls as they received the Nebraska Herman Award earlier in the spring. The Herman goes to one men’s and one women’s team with the highest average GPA among all sports of both genders. This marks the third year straight that the women’s tennis squad has won the Herman and had the majority of their team qualify for Academic All-Conference.

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Weatherholt Earns Big Ten Medal of Honor

Mary Weatherholt was honored by the Big Ten Conference named the 2013 Medal of Honor winner for Nebraska women’s sports. The conference’s most prestigious award, the Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.”

The Big Ten Medal of Honor was the first award in intercollegiate athletics to demonstrate support for the educational emphasis placed on athletics. It was acclaimed throughout the nation, and in particular by the NCAA “as one of the significant gestures yet made in college sports.” The Big Ten Medal of Honor was expanded in 1982 to include one female student-athlete from each institution. In 2014, the conference will celebrate the 100th anniversary of this prestigious award.

Mary Weatherholt Earns Athlete of the Week Three Times

The senior from Prairie Village, Kan. won the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week honors on March 13 following her impressive undefeated record, including several victories over ranked opponents in both singles and doubles. This marks the third time that Weatherholt has earned the award this season thus far, after claiming the honors the week of Jan. 30 and Feb. 13.


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