Huskers Suffer Loss to Spartans, 2-4
Lincoln, Neb. -- The No. 21 Nebraska women's tennis team suffered a tough 2-4 loss to the Michigan State Spartans at home on Friday. The Huskers move to 12-3 on the season and 1-1 in the Big Ten.
Top doubles action picked up promptly at the Dillon Tennis Center for Nebraska's match up against Michigan State.
First to swing to a close on the evening was No. 3 doubles duo Katerina Matysova and Vasanti Shinde. The pair fell to Ava Thielman and Lexi Baylis 6-1. This marked Matysova and Shinde's first loss of the season.
Evening the score for the Huskers was Brianna Lashway and Paula Del Cueto Castillo. Dropping only three set points against Davina Nguyen and Emily Metcalf, the pair snagged a well-fought victory at No. 1 doubles. Lashway and Del Cueto Castillo advance to 9-3 on the season.
Tennis action extended into a back-and-forth tie breaker on court 2. Sophomore's Claire Reifeis and Hayley Haakenstad showed true grit, matching every point the Spartans shot their way. The pair fell 7-6 (10-8) against Habiba Shaker and Sara Kuuttila to give Michigan State the team doubles point.
Singles competition was just as competitive for Nebraska.
The first nail-biter to wrap up for the match was at No. 4 singles, where Del Cueto Castillo fell to her Spartan opponent Nguyen, 6-3, 6-3.
First to finish with a win for the Big Red was Shinde at the No. 3 singles position. The junior cornered a 6-4, 6-2 win over Michigan State's Shaker to earn the first team point for Nebraksa. With this singles victory, Shinde advances her singles record to 6-3 on the season and an undefeated 2-0 in the Big Ten. Shinde's win brought the match to just 2-1 in the Spartans favor.
Husker Haakenstad also dropped two sets to Memije, but not without battling to seven of her own set points during her dual. The final score on court No. 6 was 6-2, 7-5, bringing Michigan State up 3-1 against Nebraska.
Nabbing another victory for the Huskers was sophomore Reifeis. The Indianapolis, Ind., native smashed several key shots to secure a 6-4, 6-4 win on court 2. Reifeis was recently honored as the Big Ten Women's Tennis Athlete of the week and will be building off a 12-2 singles record for the season moving into Sunday's matchup versus Michigan.
Falling in No. 5 singles, Matysova was able to put down one set of her own in a three-set battle against Metcalf. The senior picked up a 6-0 straight set after falling 6-4 in the first. Metcalf pushed her way back, despite Matysova's early lead to post a 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 final score.
Fans who missed today's action can catch the Nebraska women's tennis team at home again this Sunday in a dual against No. 34 Michigan. The match is scheduled to being at 11 a.m. and admission is free.
1. Brianna Lashway (NEB) vs. Aslina Chua (MST) 4-6, 6-4, unfinished
2. Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Habiba Shaker (MST) 6-4, 6-4
3. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) def. Sara Kuuttila (MST) 6-4, 6-2
4. Davina Nguyen (MST) def. P.Del Cueto Castillo (NEB) 6-3, 6-3
5. Emily Metcalf (MST) def. Katerina Matysova (NEB) 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
6. Samantha Memije (MST) def. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) 6-2, 7-5
1. P.Del Cueto Castillo/Brianna Lashway (NEB) def. Davina Nguyen/Emily Metcalf (MST) 6-3
2. Habiba Shaker/Sara Kuuttila (MST) def. Claire Reifeis/Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) 7-6
3. Ava Thielman/Lexi Baylis (MST) def. Katerina Matysova/Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 6-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,3,6,2,5)