Champaign-Urbana, Ill. – The Nebraska women's tennis team ended its 2016-17 season with a 4-0 loss to No.4 Ohio State on Friday at the Big Ten Tournament.
The Huskers (19-8) were back in action today at the Atkins Tennis Center to face Ohio State, the No. 1 seed, for the second time this season. Tennis action started at 10 a.m. central time with doubles action on three of the six indoor courts.
Doubles action burst onto the courts, where the No. 2 doubles pair Claire Reifeis and Hayley Haakenstad took on Anna Sanford and Sandy Niehaus of the Buckeyes. The Huskers were able to claim two games, but dropped the match 6-2.
M'Balia Bangoura and Vasanti Shinde were next to finish for the Big Red at No.3 doubles. This duo also totaled two games before falling to Gabriella De Santis and Ferny Angeles Paz, 6-2.
No. 1 doubles duo of Mary Hanna and Paula Del Cueto Castillo powered through a match up against nationally ranked No. 19 Francesa Di Lorenzo and Miho Kowase. Nebraska was down 4-2, but the match went unfinished because Ohio State had clinched the doubles point.
Singles tennis action also took place on three of the six indoor courts at the Big Ten tournament. Due to a concurrent match between Illinois and Maryland, a blind draw determined that No. 1, 3 and 6 singles matches would be played first. Ohio State's ranked singles roster proved to be tough for the Big Red.
Up against top ranked Di Lorenzo at No. 1 singles, Shinde battled a tough two sets against her opponent. Shinde swung through tough points, but fell to her Buckeye opponent in two sets, 6-0, 6-2.
Finishing next for the Big Red was senior Lisa Andersson. A tough competitor, Andersson was able to keep pace with De Santis, ranked No. 94, for much of her first and second sets. Putting up one of the best fights of the season, Andersson was unable to pocket the win against Ohio State dropping the match 6-4, 6-2, to give Ohio State a 3-0 lead.
Freshman Jeannie Lozowski was also able to secure a handful of set points against No.117 Angeles Paz at No. 6 singles. Although the freshman dropped the match 6-3, 6-3, she was able to win six games, tying for the most individually on the day with Andersson.
On a positive note for Nebraska, the No. 2 singles matchup between Reifeis and No. 60 Sanford began after completion of singles action on Shinde's court. Reifeis built a 4-1 lead but went unfinished, as the Buckeyes clinched the match at No. 6 singles.
Though the season has officially ended for the Nebraska women's tennis team, fans can still stay up to date with the team by following @HuskersWTennis on Twitter or by watching for feature stories on Huskers.com.
- #1 Francesca Di Lorenzo (OSU) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 6-0, 6-2
- #60 Anna Sanford (OSU) vs. Claire Reifeis (NEB) 1-4, unfinished
- #94 Gabriella De Santis (OSU) def. Lisa Andersson (NEB) 6-4, 6-2
- M'Balia Bangoura (NEB) vs. #95 Miho Kowase (OSU) no result
- Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) vs. #102 Sandy Niehaus (OSU) no result
- #117 Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) 6-3, 6-3
- #19 Francesca Di Lorenzo/Miho Kowase (OSU) vs. Mary Hanna/P.Del Cueto Castillo (NEB) 4-2, unfinished
- Anna Sanford/Sandy Niehaus (OSU) def. Claire Reifeis/Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) 6-2
- Gabriella De Santis/Ferny Angeles Paz (OSU) def. M'Balia Bangoura/Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 6-2
Ohio State 26-2; National ranking #4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,3,6)
Blind draw determined No. 1, 3 & 6 singles matches would start