Huskers Halt Hawkeyes, 4-0
Lincoln, Neb. - The No. 46 Nebraska women's tennis team captured a 4-0 shutout over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday at the Dillon Tennis Center in front of a crowd of more than 85 fans. The Big Red now posts a 16-6 (5-4 Big Ten) record on the season.
The Huskers had a slow start in high-intensity doubles action on Saturday, battling one point at a time and keeping pace with their opponents.
In true breakaway style, Brianna Lashway and Paula Del Cueto Castillo started down in their match against Iowa's Elise Van Heuvelen and Anastasia Reimchen. The pair smashed past a 0-1 deficit to quickly lead the match and then emerge victorious 6-2 on court No. 1. With the win, the pair advanced to 15-4 (7-2 B1G) heading into their final regular season weekend of 2018.
Sophomore duo Claire Reifeis and Hayley Haakenstad dropped a 6-4 heartbreaker at No. 2 doubles to bring the dual to a tie at 1-1. The pair picked up four set points, but suffered a 6-4 loss to Zoe Douglas and Adorabol Huckleby.
Exhilerating action between the Huskers and Hawkeyes also appeared at the No. 3 doubles position. Katerina Matysova and Vasanti Shinde picked up the pace for Nebraska, with a nail-biting victory over Montana Crawford and Adrienne Jensen. Matysova and Shinde kept up with their Big Ten Conference rivals to produce a 7-6 victory after a 7-2 tiebreaker to decide the match.
Singles action started off with a walkover win at No. 6 for the Big Red. Jeannie Lozowski was set to take on Jensen on the end court, but the Hawkeye senior had to withdraw due to injury. Nebraska then led the match 2-0.
Nebraska nabbed its final two wins on the evening in a striking consecutive order. Reifeis and Del Cueto Castillo both picked up wins, one after another, on courts 3 and 4.
First to finish for the Big Red, Reifeis stunned Reimchen of Iowa at No. 3 singles with a 6-3, 6-3 victory. Unrelenting, the Indianapolis, Ind., native pocketed the straight sets with force, pushing her overall spring season record to a team high, 16-5 (6-3 Big Ten). Reifeis is now tied for the top singles record with senior team captain Matysova.
Pulling in the clinch for Nebraska, junior Del Cueto Castillo showed firey determination at the No. 4 singles position. The Sevilla, Spain, native shut down Hawkeye Huckleby with a 6-2, 6-4 final score to bring the dual home for the Huskers. Del Cueto Castillo is now sitting at a 10-7 (6-3 Big Ten) overall record on the season and looks to finish out the season strong next weekend.
The Nebraska women's tennis team is back at home on Friday at 5 p.m. against Wisconsin and Sunday at noon against Minnesota for Senior Day. Fans who miss the action can stay up to date with the Huskers by following the team on Twitter at @HuskersWTennis, or by visiting the team page on Huskers.com.
1. Brianna Lashway (NEB) vs. Elise Van Heuvelen (IOWA) 2-6, 5-5, unfinished
2. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) vs. Zoe Douglas (IOWA) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
3. Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Anastasia Reimchen (IOWA) 6-3, 6-3
4. Paula Del Cueto Castillo (NEB) def. Adorabol Huckleby (IOWA) 6-2, 6-4
5. Katerina Matysova (NEB) vs. Montana Crawford (IOWA) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0, unfinished
6. Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) def. Adrienne Jensen (IOWA), by walkover
1. Paula Del Cueto Castillo/Brianna Lashway (NEB) def. Elise Van Heuvelen/Anastasia Reimchen (IOWA) 6-2
2. Zoe Douglas/Adorabol Huckleby (IOWA) def. Claire Reifeis/Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) 6-4
3. Katerina Matysova/Vasanti Shinde (NEB) def. Montana Crawford/Adrienne Jensen (IOWA) 7-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,3,4*)