Urbana, Ill. – Nebraska remained perfect in the individual portion of the 2013 NCAA Championships, as the Husker doubles team of Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova advanced to quarterfinals Friday afternoon at the Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex.
The team of Weatherholt and Veresova, seeded third, picked up a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2 win over Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans from William and Mary.
With today’s victory, the Husker duo improved to 22-2 on the season and will face UCLA’s team of Robin Anderson and Skylar Morton Saturday afternoon with a berth to the semifinals on the line. The UCLA duo won in straight sets (7-5, 6-4) over Karla Bonacic and Petra Niedermayerova from Kansas State Friday afternoon.
Two of the participants will meet on the court for the second time in two days, as Weatherholt picked up a three-set victory over Anderson in singles action earlier on Friday. NU is 5-0 in three days of individual action (3-0 in singles; 2-0 in doubles).
For the second straight day, the match needed to go three sets, as Nebraska won the first set 7-6, earning a 7-3 win the tiebreaker. In the second set, Belaya and Loomans won the first three games, but Nebraska fought back, winning four of the next five games and broke serve to tie the set at four. It would not get any closer, as William and Mary broke the Huskers’ serve to regain the lead at 5-4 lead before capitalizing on several miscues to close out the set.
In the finale, Nebraska took command early, winning the first three games to build a commanding lead. Leading 4-1, the team traded games before Nebraska broke serve for the second time in the third set, clinching the match on a double fault on match point.
With the loss, the team of Belaya and Loomans, ranked 13th nationally, end their season with a 23-5 mark.
Action continues Saturday with singles action beginning at Noon (central).
Round of 32
Mary Weatherholt/Patrcia Veresova (Neb.) def. Masa Grgan/Abigail Tere-Apisah (Georgia State), 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (6)
Round of 16
Mary Weatherholt/Patrcia Veresova (Neb.) def. Maria Belaya/Jeltje Loomans (William and Mary), 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2