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Huskers Finish Fall Season at ITA Regionals

By NU Athletic Communications

Iowa City, Iowa - The Nebraska Women’s Tennis team wrapped up their fall season on Monday at the ITA Central Regionals in Iowa City, Iowa.

Following victories in the first three rounds, the duo of Vasanti Shinde and Jessica Aragon fell to Okalova/Plone (Tulsa) in the quarterfinal matchup this morning. Shinde and Aragon will enter the spring season with a 6-4 record as a doubles team after going 3-1 this weekend.

The duo of Claire Reifies and Hayley Haakenstad competed as a doubles team once again this past weekend. They fell in the round of 64 to Mesquita/Turco (K-State) in an 8-6 thriller, knocking them out of championship contention. The junior tandem finishes the fall with a 4-3 doubles record.

Decker/Linares (K-State) def. the Huskers third doubles pair of Marina Cozac/Elizabeth Gould 8-2 on Friday in their only doubles match of the weekend. Cozac and Gould compiled a 3-4 doubles record in the fall between the Minnesota Invitational and the ITA Regionals.

On the singles side, NU picked up wins as a team this weekend, with four of them coming from Marina Cozac, a senior from Chicago, Ill. Cozac won two qualifying matches on Friday before falling in the first round of the main singles bracket. She went on to win two matches in the consolation bracket before falling in the quarterfinals. Cozac will head into the spring with a team-best overall singles record of 7-2.

Claire Reifeis, NU’s projected No. 1 player in the lineup, got off to a great start in the round of 64 after winning a back-and-forth battle over Zerulo (ARK) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. Reifeis later fell in the round of 32 to Poppe (Tulsa) 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1, giving her the first loss of her fall season.

Hayley Haakenstad fell in the first round of the singles bracket to Bacalla (Iowa) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1). In her final match on Sunday, Haakenstad was beaten by Corley (OU) 6-2, 6-3 to eliminate her from contention in the consolation bracket. She finishes the fall with a 2-3 record in singles play.

Freshman Jessica Aragon started strong at the ITA Regionals with a 6-4, 2-6, (7-5) over Sharma (UMKC). She was tripped up by Kock (KU) 6-1, 6-1 in the round of 64. The loss marked the first of Aragon’s singles career, as she went 3-0 at the Minnesota Invitational.

Vasanti Shinde lost her only singles match of the weekend on Saturday to Mannix (Iowa), 6-1, 6-1. Shinde finishes the fall with a 2-2 singles record.

NU junior Emma Worley finished the weekend at 1-2 on the singles court, putting together a 2-4 fall singles campaign.

Elizabeth Gould, a senior out of Atlanta, Ga., lost her only singles match of the weekend 8-2 to Miller (OU) on Friday. She heads into the spring season with a record of 1-3.

Nebraska will begin its spring season on Jan. 19, 2019 at the Sid and Hazel Dillon Tennis Center as they welcome the Air Force Falcons at 10 a.m.

Until then, for news, updates and social media content, make sure to follow the Huskers on Twitter (@HuskersWTennis), Instagram (@huskerwtennis) and Facebook (@huskerswomenstennis).

Results

Singles Qualifying (Friday, Oct. 12):

-Marina Cozac (NEB) def. Bjelica (WIU) 6-3, 6-1 and Ball (UMKC) 6-2, 6-1

-Miller (OU) def. Elizabeth Gould (NEB) 6-2, 6-1

-Emma Worley (NEB) def. Jabrzemski (OU) 6-0, 7-5

-Absisan (UNO) def. Emma Worley (NEB) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles Round of 64 (Friday, Oct. 12):

-Shinde/Aragon (NEB) def. Kamdem/Munteanu (SIU) 8-1

-Decker/Linares (K-State) def. Cozac/Gould (NEB) 8-2

-Mesquita/Turco (K-State) def. Haakenstad/Reifeis (NEB) 8-6

Singles Round of 128 (Saturday, Oct. 13):

-Jessica Aragon (NEB) def Sharma (UMKC) 6-4, 2-6, (7-5)

-Bacalla (Iowa) def. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)

-McKenzie (SLU) def. Marina Cozac (NEB) 2-6, (7-6), 6-2

-Vasanti Shinde (NEB) and Claire Reifeis (NEB) had BYES

Singles Round of 64 (Saturday, Oct. 13):

-Koch (KU) def. Jessica Aragon (NEB) 6-1, 6-1

-Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Zerulo (ARK) 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3

-Mannix (IOWA) def. Vasanti Shinde (NEB) 6-1, 6-1

Singles Consolation Round of 32 (Saturday, Oct. 13):

-Marina Cozac (NEB) def. Walczak (DRAKE) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles Round of 32 (Saturday, Oct. 13):

-Shinde/Aragon (NEB) def. Mancera/Zhang (MINN) 8-5

Singles Round of 32 (Sunday, Oct. 14):

-Poppe (Tulsa) def. Claire Reifeis (NEB) 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-1

Doubles Round of 16 (Sunday, Oct. 14):

-Shinde/Aragon (NEB) def. Zerulo/Rice (ARK) 8-4

Singles Consolation Round of 16 (Sunday, Oct. 14):

-Vasanti Shinde (NEB) Opted Out

-Marina Cozac (NEB) def. Rice (ARK) 6-3, 2-6 (10-3)

-Corley (OU) def. Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) 6-4, 6-1

Singles Consolation Quarterfinals (Sunday, Oct. 14):

-Grib (ISU) def. Marina Cozac (NEB) 7-6, 1-6, 10-6

Doubles Quarterfinals (Monday, Oct. 15):

- Okalova/Plone (Tulsa) def. Shinde/Aragon (NEB) 8-2

Final Fall 2018 Records

Doubles

Claire Reifeis/Hayley Haakenstad: 4-3

Jessica Aragon/Vasanti Shinde: 6-4

Marina Cozac/Elizabeth Gould: 3-4

Singles

Claire Reifeis: 4-1

Jessica Aragon: 4-1

Marina Cozac: 7-2

Vasanti Shinde: 2-2

Hayley Haakenstad: 2-3

Emma Worley: 2-4

Elizabeth Gould: 1-3

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