Senior Katerina Matysova nabbed a 6-1 doubles win with junior Vasanti Shinde and a 6-1, 6-1 singles win in the Huskers' defeat of the Redbirds on Sunday.
Photo by Josh Wenger/Nebraska Communications

No. 29 Huskers Roast Redbirds, 4-0

By NU Athletic Communications

Lincoln, Neb. – The No. 29 Nebraska women’s tennis team completed its 2018 non-conference play on Sunday with a 4-0 victory over Illinois State.

The Huskers hosted the Redbirds at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center, where doubles competition kicked off at 11 a.m.

Nebraska took home victories on all three courts, smoothly securing the doubles point over Illinois State.

Collecting the Huskers’ first win was the pair of senior Katerina Matysova and junior Vasanti Shinde on court 3, as they spearheaded a 6-1 domination over Redbirds Valerija Gercar and Estelle Vanthier.

In the No. 1 spot, junior Paula Del Cueto Castillo and senior Brianna Lashway netted another 6-1 win for the Huskers in their takedown of Illinois State’s Veronika Golanova and Jana Kustkova.

Within the next few minutes, sophomore duo Claire Reifeis and Hayley Haakenstad complemented with another doubles win on court 2 over Redbirds Ivon Mihaleva and Laura Fitzgerald, 6-2.

The Husker squad’s strength was especially proven in singles play, when Illinois State had all but one point across all six courts after 15 minutes of competition.

Reifeis was the first to nab her second victory of the morning as she took down Kustkova 6-1, 6-0 from the No. 2 spot.

Following Reifeis was Matysova, who also grabbed her second win of the match in a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Mihavela in the No. 4 spot.

Securing the fourth point of the Husker victory with her second win against the Redbirds on Sunday was Lashway on court 1 in her 6-2, 6-0 defeat of Golanova.

The match win brings the Cornhuskers’ season record to 11-2 as they enter Big Ten conference play this week. Nebraska travels to Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday for a 12 p.m. match against the Ohio State Buckeyes, who are ranked eleventh in the nation as of February 27.

Senior captain Matysova said the Huskers’ mindset for conference play is to give each match their best and to go out and fight for each other every time they’re on the court.

“No matter how high their ranking is or how well they’ve been doing, [we’re going to] just ignore that and go out and play tennis,” Matysova said.

Fans can stay up to date with Nebraska women’s tennis by following the team on Twitter at @HuskersWTennis, or by visiting for recaps and results following the matches.



1. Brianna Lashway (NEB) def. Veronika Golanova (ILLST) 6-2, 6-0

2. Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Jana Kustkova (ILLST) 6-1, 6-0

3. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) vs. Estelle Vanthier (ILLST) 6-0, 4-3, unfinished

4. Katerina Matysova (NEB) def. Ivon Mihaleva (ILLST) 6-1, 6-1

5. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) vs. Valerija Gercar (ILLST) 6-0, 3-3, unfinished

6. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) vs. Laura Fitzgerald (ILLST) 6-4, 4-0, unfinished


1. Paula Del Cueto Castillo/Brianna Lashway (NEB) def. Veronika Golanova/Jana Kustkova (ILLST) 6-1

2. Claire Reifeis/Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) def. Ivon Mihaleva/Laura Fitzgerald (ILLST) 6-2

3. Katerina Matysova/Vasanti Shinde (NEB) def. Valerija Gercar/Estelle Vanthier (ILLST) 6-1

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,4,1)


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