Sophomore Hayley Haakenstad helped contribute a doubles win on the day for the Big Red.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Huskers Fall to Commodores, 4-1

By NU Athletic Communications

Nashville, Tenn. – The Nebraska women’s tennis fell 4-1 to the No. 2 nationally ranked Vanderbilt Commodores in its first regular season match of 2018.

The match, part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend started at 3 p.m. CT with competitive doubles action.

Huskers Vasanti Shinde and Katerina Matysova put on a show during doubles play, often tied in a close race with their opponents from host Vanderbilt. The duo battled back after every point to raise one of their own, until overcoming Emily Smith and Fernanda Contreras in a 6-4 victory.

Also claiming a victory on the evening, was doubles duo Claire Reifeis and Hayley Haakenstad. Powering through tough tennis, the sophomore pair earned a well-fought 7-5 final decision. This win at the No. 3 doubles position gave Nebraska the doubles point walking in to singles action.

Fighting a plethora of ranked singles competitors, Nebraska could not claim a singles win.

Senior Brianna Lashway pocketed a set win over Emma Kurtz of the Commodores and was headed into her third deciding set when the match was called at 4-1.

Haakenstad was also ahead in her set, leading 5-2 against Vanderbilt’s Emily Smith before the match ended sending Nebraska into day two of the ITA Kickoff Weekend.

The Huskers will play Virginia on Saturday at 9 a.m. and doubles action will lead off the morning at the Currey Tennis Center.

For live match video and stats, visit https://playsight.com/#/livestreaming/tennis/vanderbilt-university?filter=vanderb. Fans who wish to stay up to date can also check Huskers.com for daily recaps and results.

Doubles Results

  1. #19 Emma Kurtz/Christina Rosca (VANDY) vs. Brianna Lashway/Paula Del Cueto Castillo (NEB) 6-6, 3-2, unfinished
  2. 2. Hayley Haakenstad/Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Summer Dvorak/Astra Sharma (VANDY) 7-5
  3. 3. Vasanti Shinde/Katerina Matysova (NEB) def. Emily Smith/Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) 6-4

 

Singles Results

  1.       Astra Sharma (VANDY) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB18) 6-1, 6-1
  2.       #4 Fernanda Contreras (VANDY) def. Claire Reifeis (NEB18) 6-0, 6-1
  3.       #19 Christina Rosca (VANDY) def. Paula Del Cueto Castillo (NEB18) 6-1, 7-5
  4.       Brianna Lashway (NEB) vs. Emma Kurtz (VANDY) 6-4, 4-6, unfinished
  5.       #96 Summer Dvorak (VANDY) def. Katerina Matysova (NEB) 6-0, 6-3
  6.       Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) vs. Emily Smith (VANDY) 5-2, unfinished

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (2,1,5,3)

 

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